This Poster Monday spot of the day goes to Chris Vanwyck for the poster “West Shore Art Fair Bait Poster”. Chris is an artist, explorer, mad scientist who is currently afflicted with inoperable creativity. He was born in Jackson, Michigan USA in 1968, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University and then spent three decades working professionally in one of Michigan’s premier design studios, while working as a professional designer at Ciesa Design was recruited by Michigan State University to teach graphic design from a working designers perspective and he was taught for 15 years within the Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters, Department of Art, Art History and Design. Now own and operate Engine Creative LLC, boutique design studio in Ludington, Michigan.
This poster art is used in all promotional efforts for the art fair and the concept of fishing with “art as the bait” was born out of three main things:
A) Geography. The juried Fine Art Fair is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and I always look for unique ways to represent the local flavor of Ludington, Michigan.
B) The Artist. Since this is a juried art fair, the human going for the bait in the poster represents the artist submissions and the joy of being selected for this highly competitive show.
D). The Patrons. The human going for the bait in the poster also represents the art buying public and the larger philosophical thought that if you feed yourself art, your life becomes better.
“It is my challenge every year to craft a concept that inspires participating artists and art patrons alike. I have been designing award-winning posters for over 30 years, with a focus on crafting engaging posters for underserved and underfunded community arts and cultural organizations.
My poster design and my collaboration with dear friend Kirk MacKellar, screen printer extraordinaire, have created a visual legacy supporting arts and culture that has given identity to organizations that seek to bring artistic life to everyone. I am humbly proud to play a part of their journey” tell us Chris.
Find out more about Chri’s work visiting his facebook remember stay around until be unveil the next Poster Monday and remember to submit your posters to be featured in our coming editions of Poster Monday.