Poster Artist

Poster Artist

Each year, Artown submits a Call For Artists for the annual poster concept.   Artists are encouraged to submit designs that will brand the month-long arts and culture festival.   Local illustrator and artist, Kate O’Hara submitted her work, inspired from the local area’s natural beauty and Artown’s artistic offerings.

The image for Artown came easily—using all that July offers to our community during the Artown Festival.  Images such as the skyline of Reno, the beautiful mountains, dance shoes, a painter’s easel, musical instruments and Nevada state’s bird, the Mountain Bluebird, served as the inspiration for Kate’s illustration.  All these captured the spirit of Artown and were integrated into the letters that are used in the 2017 Artown poster.
Kate is an illustrator currently living in Reno, Nevada. She graduated from the Illustration Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2014. She creates nature inspired illustrations that draw people in through their nostalgic mood and intricate detail.

Kate’s work can be seen at



City of Reno