The history of the poster as art started towards the end of the 19th century, when Jules Cheret began creating posters as a recognizable form of public announcement. Soon posters were liberally plastered on public walls throughout Europe, promoting shows, circuses, and manufactured goods. However, the widespread popularity of posters did not arrive in America until World War I, serving as the perfect vehicle for patriotic propaganda.
Posters are used as a method of advertisement. They may also be employed as a way to educate on topics of historical, social or cultural significance. Posters sometimes reflect on personal, daily experiences, going beyond the medium’s original and inherent function.
Some posters grab the viewer’s attention in an attempt to be heard above the incessant demands of other media. Other posters are more subtle in their approach, forcing the viewer to study the components in detail, intending to open a reflective dialogue.
Juror: Joseph Lupo
Born in Chicago, Joseph Lupo received a BFA from Bradley University and an MFA from the University of Georgia. In 2004 he joined the faculty of West Virginia University, where he serves as Printmaking Program Coordinator and Graduate Studies Coordinator.
International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX, November 2017
International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois, April 2018
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List of Accepted Artists and Pieces
Regina Benson (Colorado, USA) - Underwater
Christina Blais (Connecticut, USA) - Chien Blond
Betty Busby (New Mexico, USA) - I will Not Be Silenced
Shannon Conley (Oklahoma, USA) - Mammals of Oklahoma
Vicki Conley (New Mexico, USA) - Reach for the Sky
Jayne Gaskins (Virginia, USA) - Shadow
Louise Hall (Florida, USA) - Pardon Snowden
Michele Hardy (Colorado, USA) - Elements #12: Blue River
Anne Hiemstra (Michigan, USA) - Je Suis ma Soeur
Trish Hodge (Florida, USA) - Women's March on Washington
Susanna Hotchkiss (Florida, USA) - ONE PULSE
Michelle Jackson (New Mexico, USA) - I am the Face of Rescue
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred (Pennsylvania, USA) - This Land Was My Land
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred (Pennsylvania, USA) - American Portraits: Living on the Edge
Jill Kerttula (Virginia, USA) - Mend the Gap
Cat Larrea (Alaska, USA) - Shiprock
Mary-Ellen Latino (Massachusetts, USA) - Travel Muse: Wanderlust
Mary-Ellen Latino (Massachusetts, USA) - Travel Muse: Endurance
Eleanor Levie (Pennsylvania, United States) - ReUSe/REFuse
Jeanelle McCall (Texas, USA) - Art is Confession
Claire Passmore (Wiltshire, United Kingdom) - 3 Wise Words
Margaret Phillips (Connecticut, USA) - No More Labels: A Plea for Civil Discourse
Heather Pregger (Texas, USA) - VOLCANO!
Daren Redman (Indiana, USA) - Elliptigo