Taos, New Mexico has long been a mecca for artists. The visual impact of the light and color against the Northern New Mexico mountain range is stunning! The desire to forge works of beauty in this environment makes it a simmering pot for creativity.
Taos Fall Arts Festival Board sponsors an annual poster award exhibiting the environs and spirit of Northern New Mexico. The many diverse images submitted represent visual artists who paint in every medium, photographers, sculptors and ceramicists. Breathtaking realism and abstract expression capture the spirit of this beautiful place. From these images, usually between 50-75 works, the committee goes through a rigorous process of selecting the Poster Artist.
Most years, the Taos Fall Arts Festival holds a competition for the festival poster. Taos County artists or artists represented by Taos County Galleries may enter. The selected poster artist receives a cash award, a designated display wall at the Taos Fall Arts Festival, marketing and advertising on TFAF print materials, newspaper articles and radio interviews, as well as an invitation to speak at Pecha Kucha. A Poster Un-veiling event is held to announce the poster and honor the artist. 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Return of Blue Lake to Taos Pueblo, and the poster will be awarded to an artist from Taos Pueblo (see below).
Posters can be purchased on the TFAF website, at the Fall Arts Festival or at the Taos Visitor’s Center.
TAOS / VISION 2020 / Return to the Land, Water, Sky
2020/2021 Poster Award: In recognition and celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the return of Blue Lake to Taos Pueblo and the 50 year anniversary of Earth Day, the 2020 TFAF Poster will be awarded to an invited artist from Taos Pueblo based on the theme Return to the Land, Water, Sky / Regreso a la Tierra, Agua, Cielo”.
Due to the COVID-19 virus and cancellation of the 2020 Taos Fall Arts Festival, the poster award is given for 2020/2021. Jonathan Warm Day Coming created the image, A Place of Stories. The painting ( acrylic on canvas, 40″x30″) will be for sale at the 2021 festival, and poster will be available on this website for sale Summer 2020. (Artist photo by Norlynne Coar)
2020/2021 Poster Award: A Place of Stories by Jonathan Warm Day Coming
2019 Poster Artist Award: Sasha vom Dorp, 15.15 Hz Sunlight 04.01.2018 09:16:17.003 36º24’22”N 105º34’31”W (the title describes the exact moment up to the 1000th of a second in time and space as well as the frequency and light that created it) records light moving through sound stimulated water in a moment of time. He creates this work with a machine he built that allows him to see sound, a visual representation of the seemingly intangible in an ever changing universe. In his images vom Dorp, the alchemist, captures moments in time and space, glimpses never to be repeated. (Artist photo by Norlynne Coar)
2018 Poster Artist Award: Harvest Dancer, David Vedoe
2017 Poster Artist Award: The Colors of Northern New Mexico, Ed Sandoval
2016 Poster Artist Award: The Day We Met, Tara Muskrat