Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Poster (2022)
Official Commemorative Poster of the 2022 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
This annual design is unframed and will look great in any room whether you are a musician or just a fan of jazz.
(24in wide x 36in tall)
Artist: Lauren McCleary, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Idaho - College of Art and Architecture
For as long as I can remember, paper has been the way I translated my world. From being a kid that carried handmade paper ponies around in my pocket, I became a student that worked in assemblage and collage, and now I carry on as a professional teaching artist.
The medium of cut paper is both meditative and meticulous It allows me to hold strict concentration and playfulness in the same hand. For me, paper is a footpath — it keeps me wondering, fascinated, surprised, and searching for all the possibilities such a simple material holds.
Typically, my artwork reflects my interest in nature’s patterns, cycles, symbiotic relationships, and balance (both visual and conceptual). My process allows me to translate research and observations into simple cuts of paper, a way of mending and meditating on matters at hand.
The invitation to create the artwork for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Poster was an honor as well as an opportunity to learn. My artwork almost never includes human figures or instruments, but I was excited to find places of connection between my visual language and the spirit and character of Jazz Fest.
I found inspiration and design cues by doing some digital digging in the extensive Jazz Fest Poster Collection, searching Lionel Hampton vinyl cover art, as well as Jazz manual book covers. While combing through images and listening to music and interviews, I started to notice that the place my artwork naturally connected with jazz is through visual rhythm and pattern. This is the path I used in my composition for the poster art.
When I am working on a collage I love to “find” my compositions by playing with the collection of scraps I carryover from each project. I start with a general format in mind but hold the door open for unexpected and at times unplanned combinations. Improvisation.
The format of the two panels is loosely referencing piano keys. I created a layer of stitching to act as music sheet paper to ground the piece before adding the more abstract shapes. I worked on the panels simultaneously, shifting and arranging the pieces until they seemed to call and respond. Two players creating a rhythm.
Note: This poster has a $5 shipping & handling fee due to its size/weight. Multiple posters will be combined into a single shipping tube.