2016 Festival Poster

Each year, a local artist with ties to the Memphis arts community is selected as our commemorative fine arts poster artist. Derived from an original work, the poster design is intended to communicate the vitality of our community and our festival. 

This year, RiverArtsFest honors Ted Faiers, one of Memphis' most acclaimed artists. With permission from the Estate of Ted Faiers and David Lusk Gallery, the poster features the original work, “Looking Up,” an oil painting completed in 1958.

A limited edition of 300 (24″x36″) color lithograph posters will be available for purchase at the festival and these Memphis-area locations: Art Center Memphis1910 Frame Works and GalleryThe Annesdale Park GalleryFrame Corner, Inc. and L Ross Gallery. Price is $35 (unframed).

Additionally, all posters (2008 through 2016), along with other RAF merchandise, will be available during the festival in our Merchandise Booth at South Main and G.E. Patterson. 

Please contact David Lusk Gallery for information on the availability of the original painting.

Ted Faiers, Looking Up, 1958

Ted Faiers, Looking Up, 1958

Ted Faiers

Ted Faiers


Ted Faiers was born in Cornwall, England, and grew up in western Canada. Faiers went to the Art Students League in New York to study with Will Barnet in the early 1950s, and on the recommendation of Barnet, he was hired in 1952 by Ted Rust to teach at the Memphis Academy of Arts. Barnet told Rust, “Just take him. I think he would be a marvelous teacher and a man you would love to have on your staff, and you couldn’t have a better painter.” Faiers proved to be a talented educator with legions of students’ lives profoundly shaped by his example. He was an artist’s artist; he lived and breathed making art. He produced paintings, drawings, woodcuts and lithographs spanning four distinct periods and styles: in the 1940s—western landscapes in a regionalist manner; early ’50s—still lifes, portraits and street scenes in a modernist technique; mid-to-late ’50s—distinct abstracts with a flattened sense of space; early ’60s—large, minimal works; mid-’70s—3D pieces made with constructed stretcher armatures and attachments. In 1979, Faiers was commissioned by First Tennessee Bank to produce a 16,000-square-foot, fifty-one-panel mural of Tennessee history, which will forever stand as a monument to his genius. He retired from Memphis College of Art as professor emeritus.

Past Poster Artists

Jeanne Seagle, 2015
Chuck Johnson, 2014
Annabelle Meacham, 2013
Jeni Stallings, 2012
Dolph Smith, 2011
Jimpsie Ayres, 2010
John Robinette, 2009
George Hunt, 2008

Signed posters from our previous festivals are also available while quantities last.