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Title: Preparatory Study for 2018 Memphis in May poster by Erin Harmon
Authors: Harmon, Erin
Keywords: Faculty research;Artist's preparatory studies;Art and Art History, Department of;Faculty;Drawings;Pencil drawing;Posters
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Art Department, Rhodes College
Abstract: Memphis in May International Festival unveiled the 2018 Fine Arts Poster honoring the Czech Republic at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Tuesday night, January 23, at 6:00 pm. The original work for the Fine Arts Poster was created by local artist Erin Harmon, and is composed of a lively collage of painted paper to construct the image. The composition consists of a group of overlapping and interconnected circles alluding to both the qualities of art nouveau found throughout much of the Czech Republic, and the interconnectedness and unity of the Republic. The color palette of the poster was pulled from the vibrant and rich colors found in many stunning stained-glass windows throughout the country. Additionally, the work features countless symbols of Czech history, tributes to their heritage, and subtle allusions to their cultural touchstones and landmarks. Ms. Harmon is the James F. Ruffin Professor of Art at Rhodes College and served as Department Chair from 2012-2017. She has cultivated a national exhibition record and been included in over fifty exhibitions. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Diego State University in 2001 and completed an MFA in Painting at Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.
Description: This is a tracing in pencil on tracing paper done by Megan Harmon in 2017 as preparatory research for her creation of the 2018 Memphis in May poster. It was scanned in the VRC in 2018 and uploaded into Dlynx by Grayson Burke, Rhodes Class of 2021.
Appears in Collections:Erin Harmon's Preparatory Studies for the 2018 Memphis in May Poster

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