2019 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. 


ARTIST: Pinkney Herbert


Original artwork: Mixed media on fabric, 85”X64” 2019

Original piece is on view and available for sale at ANF Architects gallery, 1500 Union.

This year, RiverArtsFest honors Pinkney Herbert, one of Memphis' most acclaimed artists. Posters will be available for purchase at the Arts Center and during the festival.

For more information and to acquire Pinkney’s work, please contact David Lusk Gallery.

Additionally, all posters (2008 through 2017), along with other RAF merchandise, will be available during the festival in our Merchandise Booth.

Special thanks to Toof American Digital for their continued support of RiverArtsFest and the RiverArtsFest Fine Arts Poster series,.


ABOUT Pinkney herbert

Pinkney Herbert was born in Charlotte, NC in 1954.  He received his BA from Rhodes College and his MFA from the University of Memphis.  Mr. Herbert is the recipient of Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and USIA-Arts America.  He has participated in numerous art exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia.  His art is in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Memphis Brooks Museum, and the Arkansas Arts Center.  He is represented by David Lusk Gallery, Memphis; Boyd Satellite, New Orleans; and Greg Thompson Fine Arts, Little Rock.  He is a fellow and board member of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA, and VCCA-France, Auvillar, France.  He is the founder and director of Marshall Arts, an alternative gallery established in 1992 in Memphis, TN.  He maintains studios in Memphis and New York.  For 2013 - 2014, he has been awarded a year-long studio as part of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation’s Space Program, Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, he became a member of AAA, American Abstract Artists.

In the Fall of 2012, Mr. Herbert taught painting and drawing at the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy.  He has taught at the University of Tennessee, the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis College of Art.  He has been a visiting artist at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, Hanoi University of Fine Arts, and the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany.

Pinkney Herbert

Pinkney Herbert

Past Poster Artists

  • Maysey Craddock, 2018

  • Beth Edwards, 2017

  • Ted Faiers, 2016

  • 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.