Denise Gallagher has been named as Festival International de Louisiane’s official 2016 visual artist. Gallagher, a New Orleans native and graduate of USL, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has created art work that has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and throughout Louisiana.
Scott Feehan, the president of Festival International’s board of directors, said Gallagher has created a piece that captures the spirit and joy of the nation’s largest, free Francophone festival.Her design will serve as the inspiration for the official Festival poster and cloisonné pin.
“Her work is whimsy and sophisticated,” said Feehan. “It’s colorful with a touch of playfulness. We felt that she was the perfect fit for the 2016 artist.”
“A friend of mine recommended I check into Gallagher’s work.” said April Courville, marketing director for the festival. “Once I saw a few pieces, I was awe-struck. Her illustrations are modern, with a vintage nod. It was the perfect balance for our 30th anniversary artwork — honoring the past and looking to the future.”
Gallagher’s style features a mix of graphite and traditional illustration techniques with digital design. Using line, color, texture and pattern, Gallagher created “La Rêve Lyrique du Festival,” a scene in which seemingly magical performers, glowing blue under stage lights, sing a lyrical dream of the Festival.
“’La Rêve Lyrique du Festival’ was inspired by the sights, sounds and experiences of Festival International de Louisiane.” Gallagher said. “I arrived in Lafayette, Louisiana, over 25 years ago and have attended nearly every Festival International since that very first one. The piece was born of the many Festival memories that I hold dear.”
The completed artwork will be on display at La Fete du Festival, a fundraising event Nov. 7 at the Grouse Room.
Gallagher moved to Lafayette in order to attend USL. She graduated with a degree in art after studying under professors such as Dutch Kepler, Elemore Morgan, John Hathorne, Tom Secrest, John Geldersma and Herman Mhire. She spent the first part of her career as an art director and graphic designer in the advertising business. During that time, she garnered numerous awards for her work and was named Art Director of the Year by the Acadiana Advertising Federation a total of six times.
Denise has been recognized for her talents in both illustration and design by esteemed organisations such as the American Advertising Federation, Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, the Society of Illustrators New York and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
. Visit denisegallagher.com to see more of Denise Gallagher’s work.