2017 Festival Poster

 Hydrangea VII, 2016 Photo Courtesy of Beth Edwards

Hydrangea VII, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Beth Edwards

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 Beth Edwards, one of Memphis' most acclaimed artists. 

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 Gallery, Flashback, Frame 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.

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


ABOUT Beth Edwards

Beth Edwards received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art and her Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University. She is represented by the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis and the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Howard and Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago, the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville. Her work was included three times in New American Paintings and featured on the cover twice. She has taught at the University of Memphis since 2000 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Art.

She has been a fellow at the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies and was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and an ArtsMemphis Arts Accelerator Grant. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Emmett O'Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration given by ArtsMemphis.

If you plan to be in the Huntsville, AL area between now and July 16, stop by The Huntsville Museum of Art to tour the Encounters exhibit featuring works by Beth Edwards. 

 Beth Edwards

Beth Edwards


Past Poster Artists

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.