Lakefront Festival of Art Opens June 20

Posted on May 8th, 2014

Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine present annual arts showcase marking 52nd year

MILWAUKEE – (May 8, 2014) – The Milwaukee Art Museum’s 2014 Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA) celebrates its 52nd year this summer. The Festival, which features more than 175 artists, opens on the grounds of the Museum Friday, June 20 and runs through Sunday, June 22. The 2014 Festival is presented by Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine and is one of the top twenty art festivals in the country as recognized by Art Fair Sourcebook.

In addition to the variety of artists’ booths, including jewelers, painters, sculptors, photographers and more, LFOA offers family-friendly activities, such as live music, refreshments and the PNC Children’s Experience, featuring drama performances and hands-on art projects designed especially for kids of all ages.

For adult audiences, gourmet food will be available as well as libations at both the Milwaukee Magazine Wine Garden, which sits beneath the world-famous Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil, and the Blue Moon Beer sampling area. While enjoying refreshments, attendees can peruse a sculpture garden created by Hawks Landscape or bid on donated pieces of art at the silent auction, which closes Sunday, June 22.

“Lakefront Festival of Art is one of the most popular events at the Museum each and every year,” said Krista Renfrew, Director of Special Events, Milwaukee Art Museum. “With world-class art, the wine garden, the children’s area, live entertainment, access to the Museum’s galleries, and Lakefront Late Night, there’s something for everyone.”

Funds raised from LFOA support the Museum’s world-class exhibitions including the summer’s feature exhibition, Kandinsky: A Retrospective, which showcases 100 works of art from modern master Wassily Kandinsky. Curated in partnership with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibition is a must-see for any art lover. Access to Kandinsky: A Retrospective is included with LFOA admission.

“Over the past 50 years, the proceeds from LFOA have helped the Museum acquire more than 250 new works of art and supported countless exhibitions,” said Daniel Keegan, Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “We are deeply grateful to the Friends of Art for their continued efforts to support the Museum, and I am looking forward to this year’s event.”


• Friday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Sunday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Advance tickets $10
• Adults $17; Seniors/Students $14
• Museum Members $10
• Free for kids age 12 and under, veterans, active military, and Wisconsin K-12 teachers (with ID)

Tickets, which include admission to the Art Museum, can be purchased online at lfoa.mam.org and at participating locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. For those looking to explore the festival throughout the weekend, a $25 three-day pass will also be available at the festival gates and online.

Lakefront Festival of Art is presented by Milwaukee Magazine and Quad/Graphics, with additional support generously provided by PNC Financial Services Group, Baker Tilly, Blue Moon, Hawks Landscape, Schlossmann Auto Group, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Pick ‘n Save, ShopKeep POS, Danny Vegh’s, Adelman Travel Group, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, OnMilwaukee.com, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Nelson Schmidt Inc. The event is dedicated to the memory of Betty Quadracci, Milwaukee business owner and philanthropist, and a longtime Museum donor, supporter, and Board of Trustees Member.

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 lfoa.mam.org.

Having celebrated 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.

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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