2018 Exhibiting Artist Festival Information

Festival Hours

  1. Friday, June 15, 2018, 10 AM–10 PM*
  2. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10 AM–7 PM
  3. Sunday, June 17, 2018, 10 AM–5 PM

*What happens After Dark? Drinks, food, and dancing with a dash of culture and a dose of the unexpected.
MAM After Dark

Friday, June 15, 5-10 p.m.
The fourth annual MAM After Dark @ LFOA promises to raise the entertainment bar once again. Headlining musical acts wow the crowds; people gather to socialize on the Wine Garden Terrace and in the Blue Moon Beer Garden; food and beverage vendors stay open late to satisfy all, and the artist tent buzzes with activity. Don’t miss the full lineup announcement at lfoa.mam.org.

Artist Features at LFOA

For the Artists:
Please be sure to indicate when registering if you are interested in participating in a variety of artist activities offered at LFOA:

  • Fiber Art Fashion Show – Highlights all our fiber wearable artists
  • Online Silent Art Auction – Donate and enter to win a waived booth fee at the 2018 LFOA.
  • Sculpture Garden – Attendees stroll through the picturesque Sculpture Garden.

FRPhoto_150619N_C1_0191Note! Artists interested in the Sculpture Garden, who are not accepted in the sculpture category, may still participate in this feature with work other than that juried in. You will be asked to provide images of the work you wish to exhibit. All submissions will be reviewed by LFOA. The Lakefront Festival of Art reserves the right to accept or decline pieces for inclusion in the Sculpture Garden. All participating LFOA 2018 Sculpture Garden exhibiting artist are eligible for a single $500 award. Unless juried in, any work shown in the Sculpture Garden may not be represented or displayed in an artist’s booth.

Artist Booth Locations

LFOA continues to offer booths under the state-of-the-art clearspan tents on the Museum’s driveway and booth locations inside the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion (Windhover Hall).2010 LFOA Overhead Shot

The Festival’s footprint includes both indoor and outdoor spaces on the Museum campus. Festival attendees will enjoy the added value of all-access admission to the Museum galleries and feature exhibitions provided with their paid admission to LFOA.

Indoor booths: In addition to complimentary standard electrical hookups, one complimentary underground parking space (with a maximum vehicle height of 8’4”) will be provided to each artist exhibiting in Windhover Hall for the duration of the Festival. A $50 value, this secure space is available for your use to park and/or for storage of your artwork. Though you will have full access to your vehicle during Festival hours, in and out privileges are limited. Vehicle entrance is only allowed each morning up to 1 hour prior to festival start, as well as vehicle departure must take place within 1 hour of Festival closing each day. Overnight parking is allowed, but if you elect to store your vehicle in the garage overnight, you will not be allowed access until 7 a.m. the next morning.

100618N_C1_001These indoor booth spaces will be assigned to artists on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to the requests of the first 19 exhibitors. If you have additional questions regarding any of the information within this document please contact festival staff at lfoa@mam.org.

Artist Housing

You will find a list of local accommodations for your reference in the Hotel Accommodations section of the LFOA website. This includes a partial list of hotels and a RV Park located nearest the festival. Please be aware that there are numerous activities scheduled in Milwaukee during the summer festival season, so space may be at a premium.

You also have an opportunity when registering to express your interest in staying with a host family during LFOA. We have offered this program for numerous years and both artists and host families have been very pleased. We can’t promise such housing to everyone, but the sooner we know how many artists are interested, the better we can assist. Whatever your preference for accommodations, we encourage you to make your arrangements early.

Official Festival Program

LFOA is currently hard at work developing our 2018 festival program, of which 70,000 copies will be distributed through M Magazine, select households in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and onsite at the Festival. Every artist will have one featured artwork image (along with an email address) included in the program to promote your participation in LFOA. If you do not wish your image or information to be included in the program and/or the official LFOA web site for some reason, please notify festival staff immediately. *Please note that Image #1 from your LFOA application will be used unless otherwise directed.