Welcome to LFOA

On behalf of the dedicated staff, committee members, and volunteers who are working diligently to plan Lakefront Festival of Art 2016, it is my honor to welcome you! Favorite visitor experiences return and new surprises await on the lakefront this coming June. To get a sneak peak of all the behind-the-scenes action, follow Lakefront Festival of Art on Facebook and check back often for the latest festival updates, including our 2016 artists, food vendors, musical lineup, and more! Mark your calendars now for June 17–19, 2016. We will see you there! -Krista Renfrew, Festival Director


Event Info

LFOA features the works of over 170 national artists amid activities, food, and entertainment, while serving as a primary fund-raiser for the Museum.
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Peruse the exhibitors ahead of time. Artist categories include: Ceramics, Digital, Drawing & Pastel, Fiber Decorative, Fiber Wearable, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media 2D, Mixed Media 3D, Painting Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wood.
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Ticket Info

Buy early and save! Advance tickets are available at over fifty local retail locations and online.
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MAM Special Exhibitions

Coming to LFOA? Your ticket includes access to everything in the Milwaukee Art Museum, including the newly reinstalled Collection Galleries and the feature exhibition, American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.

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Art Categories

Artwork on display is categorized into 15 different segments. Click any of the galleries below to view.


Meet our 2016 Poster Artist: Diane French!

Originally from the Midwest, Diane crafted her skills and developed her present medium of dry pigment painting, to satisfy her desire for tactile building of form and pure color with the spiritual message of beauty and universal love.

She grew up in Chicago, influenced at a young age by great art teachers who required visits to downtown galleries, and her own studies of collections at the Art Institute of Chicago. She studied drawing, printmaking, weaving, and pottery, as well as anatomy and sociology at the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois and continued with graduate work at Kent State University in Ohio, living one year abroad in Warsaw, Poland. Galleries in Vicksburg, Mississippi and LaCrosse, Wisconsin represented her work while she taught and raised three amazing sons, and she is still represented there.

Beyond culture or tradition, her work is infused with universal energy, and has touched the lives of many. It is included in many notable corporate and private collections, including Hallmark Corporation and Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company.

In addition to studies of “Land Sky and Water”, “Solitary Trees”, “Un-Still Still Life’s” and the “Human Form”, she also continues to work on a playful series “Private Spaces in Public Places” and the important collection of work from which the featured Milwaukee Art Museum piece is from, “Without A Struggle: Seek Balance, Capture Dreams, Be Love.”

She makes her home now on the barrier reef island of Saint Augustine Beach, Florida, and travels to major art festivals across the country.



The PNC Children’s Experience

Families and kids of all ages can enjoy several NO-COST interactive activities and endless fun in the Children’s Area.
By : Andrea Straughn | Jul 31, 2015

Sculpture Garden

Sponsored by Hawks Landscape Take a stroll through the picturesque Sculpture Garden to envision how these unique landscape-sized sculptures could look in your own backyard!
By : Andrea Straughn | Jul 31, 2015

Silent Auction

Be sure to take time to bid on your favorite art objects and help Friends of Art (FOA) raise funds to support the Milwaukee Art Museum.
By : Andrea Straughn | Jul 31, 2015


“High quality of fellow exhibitors and diversity of media / work.” -2015 LFOA Artist,
“I liked being under a tent, having close parking, fenced in with security and next to a incredible museum!” -2015 LFOA Artist,
“So easy for customers to see everything and the quality of all ORIGINAL artwork was exceptional.” -2015 LFOA Artist,
“The easy going of everything. The fabulous big white tents that protect art and artists from cold or heat. The chance to get inspired and see an amazing modern art exhibition in the museum while making a show.” -2015 LFOA Artist,
“The setting is spectacular, and the tent is the best in the industry. all staff is very nice to deal with.” -2015 LFOA Artist,
“Great group of works, artists, volunteers and beautiful setting.” -2015 LFOA Artist,