A little bit of Thomson will be displayed in New York City in the spring. The image from the 2008 Blind Willie Blues poster recently won the Society of Illustrators Top 51 competition. Each of the 51 winners will be on exhibit in the Museum of Illustration Gallery, March 3-March 28, 2009. The museum is located between Park and Lexington Avenues in New York City.
"I dug around a bit, and it appears that this is, shall we say, high cotton," said Don Powers, who helps organize the annual Blind Willie Blues Festival.
The image on the poster was designed by Alex Murawski, the associate professor of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Mr. Murawski designs the image for the Blind Willie poster every year, according to Mr. Powers. Mr. Murawski's image of a caracateur of a girl dancing on the 2002 poster also made it in SI's Top 51.
"So, that's just an indication that he's getting very good national recognition. And that's good for him and for us, too," Mr. Powers said.
The Blind Willie Blues Festival is held each year in Thomson to showcase the best blues musicians in the country. At the same time, the festival pays tribute to country blues legend Willie McTell, a native of the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County, where he is buried.
Sponsored by the Activities Council of Thomson, Inc., the festival brings thousands of people to Thomson each year in May.