May 7, 7 PM

AIFF celebrates the art of illustration and graphic design with its 11th annual Poster Contest Awards/Reception that will be held virtually on May 7, 7 PM. This year’s contest was offered exclusively to Professor Robert Maloney’s Illustration class at Mass College of Art & Design. View the poster submissions, meet the students, Professor Maloney, our esteemed panel of judges, and our featured Guest Speaker, Joanna Mahoney. Plan to be with us when we unveil the winning poster that will become the face of AIFF 2021!

Joanna MahoneyTo attend please register HERE.

A ZOOM link will be emailed.


Joanna Mahoney is a Graphic Designer on the Creative & Interactive Media team at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For the past year, Joanna and her Museum colleagues have worked hard to produce meaningful digital content for members and visitors to engage with from the comfort of their own homes. She uses her illustration, motion design, and hand-lettering skills whenever possible throughout her professional work and in her personal passion projects.

Before completing her Master’s degree in Graphic Design at Suffolk University, Joanna earned her undergraduate degree in Theater Studies at Emerson College, where she learned the ins and outs of designing set and prop pieces for theater and film. That work required problem-solving through detailed research and conceptual design thinking – an approach that she carries with her into her graphic design career.

When she is not designing, you can find Joanna listening to true crime podcasts, playing complicated board games with friends, or spending time with her rescue dog, Ozzy. A portfolio of her work can be viewed at joannamahoney.com.

Rayna WaltersRayna Walters
2021 AIFF Jury Member

Rayna Walters is a 2020 graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in Illustration and the winner of the 2020 AIFF Poster Contest. Her work heavily focuses on images of nature and florals, using both traditional and digital techniques. We welcome her to the 2021 Jury Panel. Rayna’s work can be viewed at raynalouart.com.

Elisa AdamsElisa Adams
2021 AIFF Jury Member

Elisa Adams has many identities ranging from first-generation Albanian American, to practicing Doctor of Chiropractic, to artist, to President of the New England Sculptor Association. We add to this list, Friend of AIFF as Elisa was an instrumental volunteer in the early years of the festival and we welcome her as a 2021 Jury Member. Adams began working with stone just over a decade ago, finessing her talent at the Decordova Museum School. She then spent six years sharing a studio with six other women artists, and presently continues her self-taught work at her own studio in Concord, MA. Adams’ work is inspired by her fascination with the ocean and nature’s shapes. Elisa’s work can be viewed at https://www.elisaadamssculptor.com/

2021 Poster Contest Jurors

Elisa Adams

David Ardito

Jennifer Cheng DesAutels

Marc Gurton

Erica Licea-Kane

Rayna Walters

Bios can be seen at https://aiffest.org/#/postercontest/