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Call for Artists: 52nd Annual Lakefront Art Festival

June 20-22, 2014  
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Art Museum
180 Artists
Deadline: November 26

Join us for the LFOA in our magnificent setting at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  The award-winning, nationally-recognized festival takes place inside the museum's spectacular Santiago Calatrava-designed building addition, as well as on the adjoining outdoor museum grounds featuring our state of the art Clearspan tents.  Patrons enjoy the festival rain or shine!  

LFOA features the jury-selected work of 180 artists from across the country.  The festival is a fundraiser for the 501(c) 3 non-profit Milwaukee Art Museum and is presented by Friends of Art, the museum's primary support group.

LFOA has an aggressive public relations campaign including targeted online and print publications, TV, radio and social media.  In 2013 LFOA's media coverage included 65 television/radio placements, 43 print/online placements, 18,200,000 circulations and over 45,000,000 impressions.  Last year's festival attendance had over 25,000 gated qualified visitors.

To view a video clip of 2013 festival highlights, artist comments and patron remarks:
A total of $10,500 in awards are presented each year!  

          The top Ten award-winning artists are each given $1,000, a commemorative piece of artwork designed by a fellow LFOA exhibiting artist, and invited back to LFOA for the next year. ONE participating Sculpture Garden artist will receive a single $500 Award.  Jurors also select Honorable Mention award winners, all of whom are automatically invited back to LFOA for the next year without jurying.

Artists Benefits:
  • Artist Breakfast
  • Booth Sitters
  • Electricity
  • Guest Housing
  • Museum Admission
  • Program Image
  • 24 hour security

LFOA Special Features include: 


Fiber Art Fashion Show - Located in the main food and beverage area, providing maximum exposure of the wearable's to festival attendees.  A Milwaukee Fashionista MC's this well attended event.  Fashions include spectacular unique fiber art and one-of-a-kind garments, coats, scarves, and other imaginative fiber wearables for day and evening created by LFOA artists.


Sculpture GardenThe Lakefront Festival of Art extends an invitation to artists who are interested in showcasing their work in a professionally designed and installed Sculpture Garden.  The outside garden will showcase outdoor and large scale work allowing artists further representation.  Previous years have included artists working in mediums of glass, ceramics, wood and mixed media.


Online Silent AuctionFeaturing numerous works of art donated by talented LFOA exhibiting artists. Online bidding is open to the public, and is available prior to festival weekend as well as throughout all three days of the festival. The auction offers all art lovers a chance to bid, from home or onsite regardless of attending.  The silent auction provides the public with a highlight overview of the festival artists.  


Interested in applying to the 2014 Lakefront Festival of Art?  


Thank you for your interest in our festival, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  Best of luck to you in all your future artistic endeavors!  

Krista Renfrew: Festival Director,

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Comment by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2013 at 9:46am

I visited this show in June 2013. Read more about it here:

and see the video I made here:

Comment by geri a. wegner on November 8, 2013 at 10:22pm

This is a show that knows what is important.  The art is wonderful, the food is good, the music is appropriate to the occasion, the kids area and sponsor area is totally separate from the art.  It is tough to get into for a very good reason but most of the artists I talk to say it is worth it.

Comment by Connie Mettler on November 11, 2013 at 9:48am

I agree with you, Geri. This event has experienced artist advisors on its committee and it does just about everything that an artist could want.


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