On Thursday, April 23, the new Spoleto poster was unveiled by Paula Edwards - Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Spoleto USA Festival.
And while the 2009 Piccolo Poster has been out for sometime, we've put it below, too.
If you're not familiar with the two festivals, they run from May 22 to June 7 and cover all forms of performing art from standup comedy to opera to classical music.
You can learn more about the festival in our Spoleto special section.
The design is by American figurative artist Alex Katz; from Wikipedia: "Alex Katz (born July 24, 1927) is an American figural artist associated with the Pop art movement. In particular, he is known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints."
"It's edgy, but fun, and obviously we like it a lot" said Paula, "And although we don't know who the person in the picture is -- it's just an unknown profile, I've heard someone already say this morning that the hair reminds them of Max Headroom".
Plenty of scope for us to have some artful fun with the poster then -- especially as the Red, White & Black match the three exact colors that we here use at TheDigitel! Heck, we've already drawn it onto our sandwich board that we place on the sidewalk outside our office each day.
A poster can be bought for $25 online, at the Gaillard box office or by calling (843) 579-3100. They'll also be available at the Taste Of Spoleto event, taking place at the Gaillard at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd. Cheap advance tickets and various paraphenalia will be on sale.
Piccolo poster: Emerging Light by James Innes
James Innes, 1929-2009, was born in New York City. He earned his MFA from Kansas City Art Institute. He taught figure drawing and art history for several colleges and for Indiana University of Pennsylvania for thirty years. During this period, he originated, arranged and led Summer Schools in Queretaro (Mexico), Florence, Rome, and Pavia (Italy). Upon retirement he moved to the South where he continued to paint but also studied printmaking at the former Print Studio South and at numerous workshops in the US and Canada. Innes wrote the first manual on polyester plate lithography in 2002 and continued to study and modify a variety of printmaking methods through the years. In 2006, his exhibition at City Gallery at the Dock Street Theatre featured this printmaking process. His recent work includes explorations with Akua water-soluble ink and automaticism, a method of tapping the unconscious. James solo exhibitions include, The Springfield Art Museum, MO; Christian College, MO; Canton Art Institute, OH; Washington County Museum of Art, PA; Elmira College, NY; University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA; Universidad de Panama; and many more. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Canton Ohio Art Institute. The Westmoreland Art Museum (PA), The Washington County Museum (MD), Pittsburgh Plate Glass, the hospitals in Sewickley and Indiana County (PA), the Kansas City Art Institute, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Museum, and the University of Kansas Museum.