Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce Denise Gallagher as the official 2016 visual artist. Gallagher’s style is a unique blend of whimsy and sophistication, and features a mix of graphite and traditional illustration techniques with digital design. Using line, color, texture and pattern, Gallagher created Le Rêve Lyrique du Festival — a scene in which seemingly magical performers, glowing blue under stage lights, sing a lyrical dream of the Festival. Their song brings to life a mingling of cultures, music, flavors, colors and the feeling of dancing freely on a warm Louisiana spring evening. The imagery of this dream song captures the joy of attending Festival International de Louisiane.
Denise Gallagher, a native of New Orleans, moved to Lafayette in order to attend the University of Southwestern Louisiana. It did not take long for her to fall in love with Lafayette and choose to make it her home. She graduated with a degree in art after having studied under such highly creative professors as Dutch Kepler, Elemore Morgan, John Hathorne, Tom Secrest, John Geldersma and Herman Mhire. She spent the first part of her career as an art director and graphic designer in the advertising business. During that time, she garnered numerous awards for her work and was named Art Director of the Year by the Acadiana Advertising Federation a total of six times.
Denise has been recognized for her talents in both illustration and design by esteemed organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, the Society of Illustrators New York and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Her fine art work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and throughout Louisiana. Visit http://www.denisegallagher.com to see more of Denise Gallagher’s work.