Tulsa International Mayfest held a news conference on Tuesday, April 10th to announce new additions for 2012. Mayfest will celebrate its 40th anniversary on May 17-20 in downtown Tulsa.

Ken Busby, Mayfest Board President, announced that nationally renowned artist Otto Duecker has created the artwork for this year’s poster. Duecker also created the poster artwork in 1993. Duecker lives in Tulsa and graduated from Oklahoma State University. Duecker’s original painting will be unveiled at OSU-Tulsa on April 25th at 5:30p.m.

Heather Pingry, Mayfest Executive Director, revealed that there will be a nightly 3D Building Projection project, sponsored by Cricket Communications. This “first in Oklahoma” art form will be shown on the north wall of the 320 S. Boston Building, visible from the Main Stage area at Williams Green. It will be shown during the breaks between bands playing on the Williams Green Stage. For an example of this 3D art, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJdAsH7vwws.

Mary Jo Sartain, Mayfest Festival Chair, reminded attendees that our headliners have been announced and will be Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Thursday May 17), Hayes Carll Band (Friday May 18) and J.D. McPherson (Saturday May 19). Each act will begin at 9:30 p.m. on the Williams Green Stage at 3rd Street between Main and Boston. Concerts are free to the public.

Sartain also reported that there will be a Vintage Mayfest Gallery showcasing Mayfest posters, choice photos from Mayfest’s archives, Mayfest T-shirts and memorabilia, plus accepted submissions from local residents. This exhibit will be held in the PAC Art Gallery located near Chapman Hall in the Performing Arts Center during Mayfest and the entire month from – Friday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

Lynn Flinn, President and Managing Partner of The Rowland Group of Staffing Companies, stated that they are donating a $1,500 cash prize as part of the first annual Mayquest. This city-wide scavenger hunt will take place May 14-18. Each evening a clue will be given on FOX 23’s 5:00p.m. newscast. Prizes will be given away daily with the $1,500 prize awarded after the clue on Friday, May 18.

Mayfest is a free event that includes fine arts, crafts, four stages of performing artists, KidZone – a children’s hands-on art activity area, and of course, great festival food. In addition to the outdoor space, Mayfest also features five indoor galleries.

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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, Williams, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Metropolitan Real Estate Investments, LLC, T.D. Williamson, Waste Management, OSU-Tulsa, The Gelvin Foundation, Kanbar Properties, GuRuStu Group and Hyatt Regency.