Rogue Festival 2016 revealed its “Muse” and its artist, Ziang Her, at an informal reception at Tower District craft brewpub Goldstein’s Mortuary and Delicatessen on Tuesday. “Continuum” will grace the programs, posters, tee shirts, and badges for the 2016 Festival.
Each year a work of art is selected by Rogue organizers to be the Muse, or the “face of the festival” that embodies what Rogue Festival is all about: creativity, energy, individuality, and so much more! For Rogue Festival, The Muse is the first piece of the puzzle that helps shape the inspiration and message of the the 10-day Festival that showcases local talent and hosts performers from all over North America.
“There’s always excitement of the new Muse for Rogue Festival! This year is no different. The colors of the our muse have so much life and energy radiating from her. Ziang took a hand drawing and digitized it in the computer. It’s the best of both art worlds; fine art and graphic art.” said Rogue Festival Executive Director Barbara Coy-Hogan.
Born in Luang Prabang, Laos, Ziang Her emigrated to the United States with her family after the end of the Vietnam War. She is the founder of SlantyPear Creative, specializing in graphic art, illustration and design. Her work is done primarily in graphite and watercolors and can be found in a myriad of public and private locations in the United States. She currently resides in Fresno, CA.
This year, artists were asked to submit a piece that addressed the question, “How does Rogue Festival inspire or get inspiration?” Discussing her piece at the reception, Her explained that she created the piece with the flow of inspiration in mind. One element in the piece draws the eye to it and that piece flows, and points to another element like an angle, and that element flows and points to another piece like a shape or a point. And as the piece flows from one element to the next, it creates continual movement for the eye and for more inspiration.
Each of the 2016 Rogue Muse Submissions is represented in the back of the Rogue Festival Program for audiences see. Each year, the Muse is selected by a panel of Rogue Producers and volunteers who collect a sufficiently wide sample of submissions, evaluate each submission on subjective artistic merit as well as practical elements such as reproduction potential on tee shirts, posters and other media, and graphic layout.
For full information about the Muse Contest and its requirements, see our previous blog post. The Muse contest typically takes submissions from August to October of each year.