Editor’s Note: Bethel Woods has disqualified Guzman’s poster “for reasons of eligibility.” The second-place winner poster, designed by Casey Becker of Westport, Connecticut, was named the winner in this category.
MIDDLETOWN – Elizabeth Guzman, visual communication student at SUNY Orange, won first prize in her age category at the Peace, Love, and Posters competition at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous festival of Woodstock music. .
A resident of Warwick, Guzman will be honored along with other winners at Bethel Woods’ PLAY After Dark: Power of the Poster event at 6 p.m. on June 5. His poster will be on display during the event, which will include a presentation by legendary poster designers David Edward Byrd (who designed the first iteration of the Woodstock festival poster) with Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo (who created The Lion King design on Broadway). The pair are also behind posters for Sweeney Todd, Jimi Hendrix and Harry Potter.
Bethel Woods received hundreds of nominations from across the country, and the jury selected first prize and honorable mentions in the following age groups: 15-18, 19-23 and 24 and over. A big winner was also named. In addition to having his poster displayed at the June 5 event, Guzman received a prize of $ 500.
Guzman’s design features a contemporary Statue of Liberty theme in red, blue, light gray and purple with the words “Liberty, Peace, Goodness and Future” prominently displayed. She entered the competition as part of a class assignment in her Visual Communication and Graphic Design 2 course taught by Professor Joe Litow.