The Milwaukee Art Museum announces the 2010 Lakefront Festival of Arts

Posted on June 7th, 2010

Jennifer Dirks
Public Relations Chair
Lakefront Festival of Arts

Kristin Settle
Public Relations Manager
Milwaukee Art Museum

Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine present annual arts showcase

Milwaukee, Wis. – June 7, 2010 – The Milwaukee Art Museum’s 2010 Lakefront Festival of Arts (LFOA) will be Friday, June 18, through Sunday, June 20, on the grounds of the Museum along Lake Michigan. The 48th annual LFOA is presented by Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine.

The family-friendly event is one of the top 25 art festivals in the country, featuring work by more than 180 artists from around the country, food selections by Café Calatrava, live music, a silent auction, a wine garden, a sculpture garden, and children’s activities in the PNC Children’s Experience.

“For nearly 50 years, the Lakefront Festival of Arts has raised funds for the Museum to bring numerous world-class exhibitions to Milwaukee, as well as offered artists the chance to showcase their work,” said Sandi Anderson, director of special events for the Milwaukee Art Museum. “This year’s festival has been expanded and will offer new experiences, as well as the familiar favorites, with something for everyone—from art buyers and Museum supporters to families looking to enjoy the activities on the lakefront.”

For the first time, LFOA artists will also be exhibiting inside the Museum, and the festival will be open until 9 p.m. on Friday. Also, one ticket for the entire event affords festival-goers full access to the Museum to see the exhibitions, including American Quilts: Selections from the Winterthur Collection; Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire; and The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

This year’s festival poster artist is Shelby Keefe of Milwaukee. Keefe’s work will be featured on apparel and on merchandise, including a poster available in the festival boutique and online.

LFOA admission is $7 in advance, $12 at the gate, or $20 for a three-day pass. Tickets can be purchased online and at participating locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Festival hours are:

• Friday, June 18 — 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, June 19 — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Sunday, June 20 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Lakefront Festival of Arts
The Lakefront Festival of Arts (LFOA) is one of the premier art festivals in the country, featuring artists from across the nation with art for sale in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics, fiber, and more. Since 1962, the Lakefront Festival of Arts has been a primary fundraiser for the Milwaukee Art Museum and organized with the help of Friends of Art volunteers. For more information on LFOA, please visit http://lfoa.mam.org/.

About the Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum’s far-reaching holdings include more than 20,000 works spanning antiquity to the present day. With a history dating back to 1888, the Museum houses a collection with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art. The Museum includes the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, named by Time magazine as “Best Design of 2001.” For more information, please visit www.mam.org.

About Friends of Art
The Friends of Art (FOA) is the primary volunteer support organization of the Milwaukee Art Museum. FOA raises funds in support of the Museum and develops activities to stimulate visual art appreciation and inspire volunteer leadership. Over 1,300 individuals volunteer annually to help organize and operate FOA’s fundraising events. Over $7 million has been generated through FOA events since it was founded in 1957. For more information on FOA, please visit www.mam.org/involved/details/foa.php.
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