The 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival selected Maggie O’Neill as the official festival artist. O’Neill is an artist, designer, and creative entrepreneur based in Washington, D.C. Living and working in the neighborhood of Shaw, her work is inspired by local landscapes and cultural icons, her travels abroad, notable women, and fashion. O’Neil has created a one-of-a-kind piece exclusively for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. An annual collectors item, the artwork will be on the official poster and various merchandise.
Additionally, O’Neill has also personally designed a float that will debut in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 14, 2018. The float will incorporate elements of the 2018 Official Artwork and will be seen by thousands of spectators along Constitution Avenue.
O’Neill’s fine artwork can be views in private and corporate collections from New York to Delhi. In 2012, Maggie had the honor of personally delivering a portrait to President Obama, and in 2014 her “DC Uncle Sam” was featured on the front page of The New York Times.
Maggie is a fine artist, best known for her iconic pop impressionistic paintings of iconic Washington, D.C., landmarks and people, like her “Pop Capitol” and “Flynn’s Jefferson Memorial.” She’s been the featured speaker for Creative Mornings DC, a two-time winner of the design category for DC Inno’s “50 on Fire,” named a “Woman of Influence” by Capitol File in 2015,and her art was featured on the cover of DC Magazine’s December 2016 issue, among other accolades.
In addition to her work, Maggie is focused on giving back to her community and paying it forward. She is the founder of “super fierce”, a national traveling art exhibit that highlights female artists, benefits local charities and mentors aspiring artists.
The 2018 Festival commemorates the 106th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. BTW, proceeds from all official merchandise supports the Festival, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, helping to keep the majority of its events free and open to the public.
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