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
LFOA features the works of over 170 national artists amid activities, food, and entertainment, while serving as a primary fund-raiser for the Museum.
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.
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.
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.