• Lynne Kornecki

SECOND ANNUAL VINTAGE TRAVEL POSTER CONTEST NAMES WINNER LaSalle County Artist, Angie Cornelius


Angie Cornelius poses alongside her winning poster which was also reproduced on the cover of the Fall 2021 Starved Rock Country magazine. She is the owner of Lonesome Road Studio in northeastern LaSalle County and is active in the Aurora/Batavia/Oswego art communities,


September 26, 2021…Earlier this month, Fox River Valley artist/illustrator and designer, Angie Cornelius, was named the winner of the second annual Vintage Travel Poster Contest hosted by The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund and Starved Rock Country.


The contest called for entries created in a classic WPA (Works Progress Administration established in 1935) poster style depicting a site, location or event in Starved Rock Country. Cornelius’ illustration and design highlighting the October Burgoo Festival, the LaSalle County Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, was the winner.


The poster’s design includes fall colors typical of the Starved Rock area in October, a bald eagle soaring overhead, and the iconic Matthiessen State Park sunflowers. The focal point is a large black cauldron of Burgoo stew, which cooks overnight and is served on the second Sunday of October during the village-wide festival held annually in Utica, Illinois. 2021 marks the 51st Burgoo festival held in the county. Cornelius chose to highlight the Burgoo festival in this year’s poster to represent people coming together to gather again, after the pandemic year 2020, and the cancellation of the Burgoo festival and many other popular events.


She created the original poster art in her signature mixed media drawing style, using marker, colored pencil, ink and gel pen, together with spray paints and acrylics. All of the lettering in the poster was created by hand, including the letters spelling “Burgoo” illustrated as vegetables traditionally included in the stew.


The design was also used on the cover of the Fall 2021 Starved Rock Country Magazine. The full color posters are 24 inches by 36 inches. For copies of the magazine or the poster, contact starvedrockcountry.com.



About the artist: Angie Cornelius is a mixed media artist and designer specializing in figurative art and food illustration, design and lettering. She is the owner of Lonesome Road Studio in northeastern LaSalle County and is active in the Aurora/Batavia/Oswego art communities, exhibiting at the LunaFest Women’s Film Festival, The ArtBar, market events at Water Street Studios, and as the solo exhibiting artist month-long popup at The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange in collaboration with VizoArts earlier this summer. She contributed editorial art to the ArtBar publication “VaxZine” and artist-created loteria card designs for Culture Stock.


View more work by Angie Cornelius:

Behance portfolio: https://www.behance.net/lonesomeroadstudio

Instagram: @lonesomeroadstudio

Etsy: LonesomeRoadStudio

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