Two theatrical posters created by Dejan Mraović, assistant professor of graphic design at Campbell University, were selected for the 1st Theatrical Posters International Festival in Yerevan, Armenia.
The exhibition was held last fall in the foyer of the Gabriel Sundukyan National Academic Theatre, which opened in 1922, and was the first Armenian state academic theater. Mraović, who joined Campbell University in fall 2022, was an assistant professor of graphic design and coordinator of the graphic design program at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, during the showcase. Both posters served as theatrical marketing posters for productions put on by the university’s fine arts program in 2018 and 2019.
“It is a great honor to represent the United States of America on the international design scene,” said Mraović, a native of Serbia.
The international exhibition in Armenia showcased 97 posters by 66 designers from 21 countries: Argentina, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Armenia. Mraović was one of only three designers from the U.S. included in the show.
The opening of the festival was covered by the Public Television of Armenia, or 1TV, from Yerevan.
The festival was supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia, Ambassade de France en Arménie and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Armenia. The visitors were also able to see some of the most successful Armenian posters designed in the first 100 years of the Gabriel Sundukyan National Academic Theatre.