December 7, 2013 8:29:04 PM
The official poster design for the 2014 Cotton District Arts Festival was unveiled Nov. 19 at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Jon Turner, CDAF co-chair, revealed the winning design by artist Dominique Pugh in front of a crowd celebrating the opening of the Starkville Area Arts Council's Art in Public Places Holiday showcase.
The poster was selected through the CDAF Poster Competition, sponsored by Mark Wood of Chalet Arts.
Originally from West Point, Pugh graduated from West Point High School before enrolling at MSU, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. She currently serves as district graphic designer for Aramark Higher Education and has won numerous awards with Aramark.
Pugh also does freelance work such as developing logos, brochures, direct mail pieces, print ads and other marketing materials for a range of organizations, from universities and small businesses, to nonprofits, government agencies and political campaigns.
The graphic designer said the festival and all its various aspects were her inspiration for the poster. "I'm very excited because my design is going to be used throughout the festival, and I'm very excited that others like my work. I wanted to combine the food, music and art of the festival into a collage of fun."
SAAC President Ellen Boles remarked, "We are really excited that it's a beautiful work of art that was crafted by a graduate of MSU. Even though she is no longer with us in Starkville, we are very proud of her contribution."
April 2014 will mark the 19th year for the Cotton District Arts Festival, an event made possible with the support of the City of Starkville, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the MDA Tourism Division, sponsors and volunteers.
For more information about sponsorships or general festival information, contact the SAAC office at 662-324-3080 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit the festival website at CDAFestival.com.