Posted September 07, 2018
Michelle Corley’s worked for 23 years as a graphic designer and art director in the advertising world. An internship during her studies at a small Louisiana college opened the door to life at an ad agency and she’s never looked back. Throughout her career, she’s worked in practically every facet of advertising design, from logo development to digital design and broadcast production. Winner of multiple industry awards, she currently works to use her powers for good as Art Director for Duncan McCall Advertising in Pensacola. She also serves on the board and handles design work for Choral Society of Pensacola.
While she’s grateful her poster design was selected, Michelle’s not quite comfortable being labeled an artist because at the end of the day she doesn’t consider herself one. “I solve communication problems. Those talented people who allow the world to inspire them and then express that inspiration through their fingertips, a paintbrush, or the sharpened end of a pencil – they’re the artists.”
Born and raised in Louisiana, Michelle’s called the Pensacola area home for 20 years.
The design is turned into a limited-edition poster, t-shirts, and other items which will be available for sale at the festival. The poster and shirts have become local collector’s items. The only way to get them is at the Festival.
The 2019 Festival poster is based on a painting by Emily Woodson, an illustrator, graphic designer, and painter living in Pace, Florida. She has a BFA in Illustration Kansas City Art Institute. Emily is part of the marketing team at Levin Rinke Realty.
The 2019 Invited International Artist is Esmeraldo Abalde, an artist from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. His style is influenced by his experiences, culture and the world around him. He paints a variety of subjects from representational to abstract, to express his deeper appreciation of the beauty around him.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival ranked #9 in the Sunshine Artist magazine Best Art Shows list. Each year this Wisconsin-based magazine announces their 200 best art shows based on the categories of Fine Art & Design and Classic & Contemporary Crafts. This year, for the first time, Great Gulfcoast Arts Fest broke into the top ten in the Fine Art & Design category.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, in partnership with Artel Gallery, announce the artists selected for the Emerging Artists grant program. Crystal King of Pensacola describes herself as a jewelry designer and beadwork artist primarily working in bead embroidery and bead weaving using glass seed beads, gemstones, and crystals. Robert Uniacke, also of Pensacola, is a painter, whose work is inspired by local area animals such as sea turtles, crabs, fish, pelicans, and herons.
Applications are open for the GGAF Emerging Artists program. This program seeks artists who have limited experience participating in arts festivals to give them guidance in what is involved in being in an arts festival. Two artists will be chosen to participate in this year’s festival. GGAF will waive fees for the two chosen artists and will provide a mentor to help guide them through the process. Details…
Best of Show, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Honor, and Awards of Merit winners from the previous year’s festival are exempt from the jurying process for next year's Festival.
WUWF's Sandra Averhart talks with Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival 2018 Invited International Artist Abigail Nnaji from Nigeria.
The selected 2018 poster was designed by Michelle Corley. Michelle’s worked for 23 years as a graphic designer in practically every facet of advertising design, from logo development to digital design and broadcast production.
Images and logos are available on the Media Resorces page.