Illustrated Poster Picked for the 2016 Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Posted on September 8, 2016 by

Savannah 2016 Food and Wine Festival posterThe defining memorabilia for Savannah Food & Wine Festival is their poster, which is chosen every year with a contest. For the fourth year of the festival, the poster design by local artist Lauren Rich was chosen. Her beautiful work features a gorgeous illustrated skyline with a wine-saturated Savannah River spilling across the page.

“The poster represents that perfect intersection of where Savannah meets food and wine, and just like the festival, it all comes together in such a beautiful way,” said Jan Gourley, the festival co-founder and director. “We’re grateful that Lauren Rich submitted such beautiful artwork, and we’re not surprised to see another talented SCAD alum garner this top prize.”

Rich is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and Communicative Arts. She says her illustrative work begins with a graphite rendering that is scanned into the computer and digitally colored in Photoshop.

“My objective is to create a body of work that makes a personal statement that viewers can both identify with and enjoy,” said Rich, who has a portfolio at “When I set out to create this piece, I knew rooftop dining along River Street is very popular, so I took the perspective of someone having wine and cheese at a restaurant overlooking the Savannah River.”

The Savannah native has always loved to draw. She does freelance work through her illustrations as well as her design company, One Nine Design Company.

“This contest is a great opportunity to support local artists,” added Rich.

Rich’s poster prints will be available at Taste of Savannah, the signature event on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Posters will be available for sale on the Savannah Food & Wine website. Throughout the week, from Nov. 7-13, 2016, there are a bevy of events as part of the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Visit to purchase tickets.