Photo: Final 2023 CVFA Art Poster.

Hickory, NC – The Catawba Valley Festival of the Arts is proud to announce the winner of their third annual poster design contest. Ms. Suzanna Earle Maxwell, a talented second-year Advertising and Graphic Design student at Catawba Valley Community College, submitted the winning poster for this year’s contest. Ms. Maxwell’s embracing, whimsical design was chosen from a pool of poster submissions from talented artists around the country. As the winner of the contest, Ms. Maxwell will receive a $250 cash prize.

The 2023 CVFA Poster captures the spirit of diversity and connection that embraces our community. The poster design will be featured in most of the publicity images used for the Festival, which will be held on September 29th and 30th this year at Hickory and Downtown Newton venues. A signed print of the poster will be raffled off by ticket purchase on September 30th and prints of the poster will be available for purchase to commemorate the 2023 Festival for years to come.

“Winning this contest has been very exciting for me,” says Suzanna. “It will give me the confidence to fuel my career ambition to continue working in the Graphic Design field which I am passionate about, and expanding my skills through higher education and work experience.”

The Catawba Valley Festival of the Arts is an “all-arts for all” annual event that celebrates the rich artistic heritage of the region. The Festival features the work of local artists, musicians, and performers, as well as a variety of family-friendly activities hosted by local advocacy groups. The 2023 CVFA will be held in partnership with the city of Newton’s Carolinas Makers Market and occurs as an event series under Lenoir-Rhyne University’s “Art of Compassion” program. The 2023 CVFA is supported by Wanzl as the corporate sponsor and by the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

“We are thrilled to have Suzanna’s stunning design as the centerpiece of our Festival’s publicity this year,” says Festival Co-Chair Anne Wepner. “Her talent and creativity are an inspiration to us all, and we are excited to see where her career in Graphic Design takes her in the years to come.”

For more information about the Catawba Valley Festival of the Arts, visit their website at or on social media sites.