Landis Bahe has been selected to create a suite of three original artworks for the official posters of the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival (VVBF) from among 47 artists who answered a call for artists. Bahe submitted three acrylic paintings. The original artworks will be used to create the collateral and branding materials for the 2012 festival under the auspices of the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), the professional organization for design, and will become part of the city of Las Vegas' art collection.
Bahe was born in Tuba City, Ariz., and is a member of the Navajo nation. His cultural heritage is featured prominently in a majority of his art. The art pieces Bahe creates, from tattoos to skateboard designs, and sculptures to paintings on canvas, are enriched with Navajo culture. He paints these images and themes for his children who are growing up Las Vegas, where he has his studio and where he works with Corner Stone Gallery and at Sticks and Stones Tattoo Company, located in Hooters Casino. The artist has received an honorarium of $1,500 for his contributions to the festival.
Since the VVBF is comprised of three distinct festival components, the artist was asked to create three works, one each for the main festival, the Vegas Valley Children's Book Festival, and the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. Bahe submitted his qualifications by Feb. 10, 2012, in the competition that was open to any artist residing in Southern Nevada. Artists working in a variety of media, including graphic design, illustration, painting, drawing, digital media, photography and printmaking, applied by submitting six images, a resume and a short statement. A panel of arts professionals reviewed the submissions and selected four finalists — Bahe, Suzanne Silk, Juan D. Varela, and Joseph Watson — who were presented to the VVBF Steering Committee. Bahe was selected as the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival Poster Artist. As the featured poster artist, Bahe will participate in several events that highlight his work and serve to further heighten awareness of the festival as a literary event that also has strong ties to the visual communications community.
The largest literary event in Southern Nevada, the VVBF is scheduled for Nov. 1-3, 2012. Most events will take place at the Historic Fifth Street School, located downtown at 401 S. Fourth St., and the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Many pre-festival events are planned through the year at a variety of locations. The VVBF is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV's Black Mountain Institute; AIGA, Las Vegas chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder. For more information, go online to www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/ or call (702) 229-5431.