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Free State Fest 2022 Unveils Artwork by Kent Smith!

This year’s festival poster was designed by Lawrence artist Kent Smith and celebrates our “Return to the Theatre!” After a year of outdoor movie programming, FSF is excited to return to gathering in front of the silver screen for a week of film, music, and community from April 12-16. Inspired by featured artists like John Waters and Kevin Willmott, Smith incorporates colors of the festival rainbow throughout the artistic rendering of a movie house with nods to our long standing partners at Liberty Hall.

Look for these gorgeous posters in downtown storefronts this week and be sure to get your tickets to enjoy a full week of entertainment this spring.

2022 Free State Festival poster by Kent Smith


Kent Smith is a Lawrence, KS based illustrator, designer, teacher, problem-maker, problem-solver, mad scientist and mayor of Smittytown. In all his endeavors, he celebrates how fortunate he is to spend his days making pictures and talking about art and design. Kent’s work can be found in things ranging from children’s toys to beer labels and huge woodblocks to tiny trading cards. Kent embraces new challenges and works in various media to offer solutions chock-full of humor, personality and unexpected connections. His work often centers on themes of storytelling, community building, unexplained phenomena and the magic that exists all around us. Kent loves super-heroes, ninjas, monkeys, UFOs, cryptids, robots, ray-guns, and romance.