folk festival
2016 poster by Katie McBride

Showing Oct.3 – Oct. 9

The biggest show in RVA this week is the annual Richmond Folk Festival, Oct. 7-9 2016. Last year, according to the festival website, the multi-day event brought 200,000 people to the riverfront “to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food.” The festival offers more than 30 performers, a documentary film series, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and more.

One aspect of the annual festival is visual. Each year, a festival poster is commissioned and unveiled with fanfare and sold at the festival. Many of the artists have connections to VCU and the Richmond art scene. To celebrate these artists and this grand annual event, the Cabell Big Screen features selections from these works, used with the permission of Venture Richmond, which produces the festival.

  • Katie McBride– 2016. She holds a B.F.A. in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bizhan Khodabandeh-2015. He holds a B.F.A. and the M.F.A. from VCU and teaches at VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture.
  • Leslie Herman– 2014
  • Brianna Bevan and Jason Frank– 2013
  • Kelly Alder– 2012, adjunct faculty in Communication Arts.
  • Matt Lively– 2011, an alumnus of the VCU School of the Arts
  • Wes Freed– 2010, an alumnus of the VCU School of the Arts
  • Jason Smith and Laura Marr – 2009. Smith holds an M.F.A. in theater and taught graphic arts at VCU. He is a Lead Graphic Designer in University Public Affairs.
  • Ed Trask– 2008, an alumnus of the School of the Arts
  • Sterling Hundley– 2007, Associate Professor in Communication Arts.
  • JHI – 2006
  • Robert Meganck– 2005, Professor in Communication Arts.

The current festival, now in its 12th year, has roots in The National Folk Festival, which was held in Richmond 2005-2007.

The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the same organization that produces the National Folk Festival. Other producing partners include the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service, VCU Health and the Children’s Museum of Richmond.



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