Ravinia Poster Design Competition 2021
For over 40 years, the Ravinia Women’s Board has sponsored an annual competition for creating the artwork that becomes the festival’s season poster, a distinctive signature of each Ravinia summer that uniquely promotes the festival and its upcoming concert season. The design should convey the rich experience of enjoying outstanding musical performances in this verdant and historic outdoor park.
The Ravinia Women’s Board congratulates the winner of the 2021 season poster design competition, Sean Quinn of Minneapolis, MN. He drew inspiration for his winning design from the journey concertgoers go through at Ravinia before the music starts onstage. “I liked the idea of arriving at Ravinia and how the streams of people carrying their picnic gear eventually come together to one point,” Quinn said. “Whether by walking, driving, or taking the train, disparate people from all over are suddenly related.” A fan of Ravinia’s grounds, he added that it was natural for his poster design to also feature the festival’s gate and capture the beauty of the park. “The grounds are really beautiful, and I’m a ‘plant nerd’ who loves trees.”
Quinn is the first-ever repeat winner of the annual blind-adjudicated design competition, having earned the top prize in 2019 with artwork reminiscent of a “film with orchestra” evening he attended with his family several summers ago. Winning this year was extra special: “It felt really good to have something positive after a rough year. I was very excited to relay the news to my grandmothers, who are my biggest fans.” Quinn will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and his design will be featured in the promotion of the upcoming 2021 Ravinia season, distributed among hundreds of Chicagoland stores and public spaces, and sold exclusively at The Festival Shop. The $500 second-place prize went to Hong-Seok Park of South Korea, and Kevin Schneider of Glendale, CA, won the $250 third-place prize. Honorable mentions include Jeffrey Cook of New York, NY, and Stephanie Beischer of Kildeer, IL.
Sean Quinn is a 28-year-old graphic designer, illustrator, and artist originally from Williams Bay, WI, now working for the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and its Ensia Magazine, as well as freelancing in creating logos, building brands, and telling stories. His favorite projects are those with meaning that can make the world a better place, but, “an art kid at heart,” he tries to draw something new every day—even if it’s small or silly.
Many of these award-winning posters from past years can be purchased at the Ravinia Festival Shop.