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The original artwork for the 2012 Mayfest poster, created by nationally renowned local artist Otto Duecker, was unveiled yesterday, Wednesday, April 25th 5:30p.m. at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus, located at 700 N. Greenwood Ave.

Otto Duecker was born in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from Oklahoma State University. Duecker has been exploring Realism for over thirty years, creating work in a style that is unique to the genre. To see more of Duecker’s work, visit the MA Doran Gallery at 3509 S. Peoria or online at www.madorangallery.com.

Posters are currently available for purchase at the Mayfest office, located at 1 W. 3rd St., Ste. 109 and will be available at the souvenir shop at 4th & Main during the festival, May 17-20. Posters are $25 if signed by Duecker and $15 for unsigned.

The original artwork will be sold by silent auction. Bidding will take place at our Invitational Gallery, located in the Williams Towers Lobby at 1 W. 3rd Street. Bidding will open at our Invitational Gallery Opening party on May 16th. To buy tickets, call 918.852.6435 or email comments@tulsamayfest.org. The auction will continue through 3pm, Sunday, May 20th.

The artwork for this year’s poster will be added to the Mayfest mural by William Franklin. Each year, Franklin adds the current poster art to the mural on the wall of the Official Mayfest Hotel, the Hyatt Regency. Painting will begin May 7th, at Third and Main, weather permitting.

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Tulsa International Mayfest is a family friendly outdoor tribute to the arts and music created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, celebrating 40 years of Mayfest, on May 17-20, 2012. Mayfest is presented by MidFirst Bank. Other sponsors include Cricket Communications, GuRuStu Group, Williams, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Metropolitan Real Estate Investments, LLC, Shock Top, T.D. Williamson, Waste Management, Atlas Pipeline, OSU-Tulsa, The Gelvin Foundation, Kanbar Properties, Hyatt Regency and SCFM.