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FSF24 Artwork Reveal: Poster Art by Blanca Herrada

This year’s festival poster was designed by Lawrence artist Blanca Herrada! Tickets and passes for the 2024 Free State Festival (June 25-30) are now on sale, so these beautiful posters will be hitting downtown storefronts soon.

“I specifically chose to do a dark/nighttime look to invoke the excitement of walking through a movie theatre to see a new film. I also wanted to focus on lighting and bring more attention to how lights bounce off of dark spaces while adding depth and ambiance. I feel like most people can relate to the experience of walking into a theatre and excitedly waiting for that moment when the show finally starts after the lights go down.” – Blanca Herrada

Blanca Herrada is a Queer, Mexican American Artist and Activist living and working in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2014 Blanca received a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in Painting and a minor in Art History from Emporia State University. Blanca enjoys working on large-scale oil paintings that they often fuse with mixed media to create contemporary pieces that combine traditional and new methods. Her work often focuses on her life experiences, frequently incorporating political themes or underlying meanings surrounding subjects like identity, familial ties, and unspoken feelings. Blanca enjoys working within the intersections of art and activism and is passionate about her community.

Blanca Herrada

In 2022, Blanca was chosen as one of 52 Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) arts and culture leaders selected for the inaugural National Leaders of Color Fellowship. In 2024, they were selected for the fourth cycle of artEquity’s BIPOC Leadership Circle. Blanca enjoys working with diverse communities to spread her love for the arts and strives to make art spaces more accessible and welcoming to everyone.