Lakefront Festival of Art returns June 21-23

Posted on June 3rd, 2013

Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine present annual arts showcase marking 51st year

Milwaukee, Wis. –The Milwaukee Art Museum’s 2013 Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA) celebrates its 51st year this June with many new offerings to entertain the entire family. The event takes place Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, on the grounds of the Museum along Lake Michigan. The 51st annual LFOA is presented by Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine.

Since its beginning in 1963, LFOA has evolved to become one of the top ten juried art festivals in the country, featuring work by more than 175 artists, including jewelry, painting, sculpture, photography, and more. A variety of family-friendly programs and activities are scheduled throughout the weekend as well.
For the fourth consecutive year, artists’ booths will be featured inside the Museum, allowing attendees access to the entire Museum collection and the Museum’s feature exhibition, 30 Americans, a collection of contemporary African American art.

In addition to the world-class art and artist booths, the festival includes:
• Lakefront Late Night
Friday Night, 5pm – 10pm
Celebrate summer with an amazing musical lineup from some of Milwaukee’s hottest bands – including Kassik, Blue Boy, Jaill– shop the artist booths, and meet friends at the Milwaukee Magazine Wine Garden on Baumgartner Terrace.

• Live Music and Gourmet Fare
Feast on gourmet foods and beverages and listen to live music from Panoramic & True, Group of Altos, Ikarus Down and I’m Not a Pilot at the outdoor stage throughout the day.

Milwaukee Magazine Wine Garden
Relax beneath the Museum’s world-famous Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil and enjoy specialty wines while overlooking the beautiful festival grounds and stunning Lake Michigan.

• Sculpture Garden
Enjoy our showcase of outdoor sculptures provided by festival artists, set in a Hawks Landscape garden that’s a work of art itself.

• Kalahari Resorts Art Safari and Sand Sculpture
To celebrate the spirit of the African continent’s land and culture, Kalahari and a team of international sand sculptors will transform fifty tons of sand into scenes drawn from an African safari. In addition, experience the thrill of an encounter with the African wild with animal performances by the Timbavati Wildlife Park.

• PNC Children’s Experience
This highly interactive, kid-focused area of the festival features drama performances, hands-on art projects and more—designed especially for kids of all ages.

• Blue Moon Beer Garden
New this year! Enjoy your favorite beer amongst friends or try a new microbrew at one of the beer tastings while enjoying the lakefront views and live entertainment.

• Silent Auction
Bid on artwork donated by festival artists beginning the week prior to the festival through its close on Sunday, June 23.

“LFOA is the perfect event for the everyone – from an art enthusiast to fun for the entire family,” said Krista Renfrew, Director of Special Events, Milwaukee Art Museum. “From world-class art, to the wine garden, the children’s area, entertainment and Lakefront Late Night, there’s something for everyone.”

Funds raised from the event help acquire new art for the Museum’s collection. “Over the past 50 years, the proceeds from LFOA have helped the Museum acquire more than 250 new works of art,” said Daniel Keegan, Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Festival admission is $8 in advance, $15 at the gate, or $20 for a three-day pass. Kids age 16 and under get in free (with an adult). Veterans and Active Military receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased online and at participating locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Festival tickets include admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Festival hours are:

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lakefront Festival of Art is presented by Milwaukee Magazine/Quad Graphics, with additional support generously provided by PNC Financial Services Group, Kalahari Resorts, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Blue Moon, Hawks Landscape, Sommer’s Subaru, International Autos Group, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, ShopKeep POS, Adelman Travel Group, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, OnMilwaukee.com, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

About Lakefront Festival of Art
The Lakefront Festival of Art (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 1963, the Lakefront Festival of Art 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 www.mam.org/lfoa.

About the Milwaukee Art Museum
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2013, the Milwaukee Art Museum houses a rich collection of over 30,000 works, with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art. The Museum campus is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and spans three buildings, including the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion and the Eero Saarinen-designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. For more information, please visit 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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