For the 11th consecutive year, NSAI has invited a select group of students at the Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film to present artwork concepts to be used on all marketing materials for the upcoming Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Students are given full creative license on how to best capture the sense of community, diversity and energy the festival embodies. Of the 13 participating students, the chosen design was created by María Sol Mancini. Currently an Illustration major at Watkins, Mancini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised in Sunrise, Florida and studied at the Dillard Center for the Arts. 

“The idea behind the ‘Tin Pan’ piece was to create something fun and down to earth, so I went with a more hand-drawn style to reflect the heartfelt and creative part of original songwriting” said Mancini. “I tried to capture the wildness and energy that comes while ‘cooking up’ song ideas and I wanted to showcase the festival ‘in-the-round’ experience.”