Milwaukee Art Museum Announces 2015 Lakefront Festival of Art

Posted on May 20th, 2015


53rd annual event to be held June 19 to 21 on Museum grounds

MILWAUKEE – (May 20, 2015) – Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA), the weekend-long festival held on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum each June, will celebrate its 53rd year this summer when it kicks off Friday, June 19, 2015. LFOA features the works of more than 175 national artists amid activities, food and entertainment, while serving as a primary fundraiser for the Museum.

“Over the years, Lakefront Festival of Art has evolved into much more than just another art show,” said Krista Renfrew, Director of Special Events, Milwaukee Art Museum. “It truly is one of the premier art festivals in the country, while offering activities for all ages to enjoy in a setting iconic to Milwaukee.”

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 for kids of all ages.

For adult audiences, gourmet food is 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 Garden. Attendees can also peruse a sculpture garden created by Hawks Landscape or bid on donated pieces of art at the silent auction, which closes Sunday, June 21.

Advance tickets, include admission to the feature exhibition, can be purchased online at lfoa.mam.org for $10 and at participating locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. A $25 three-day pass will also be available at the festival gates and online. On-site tickets are $10 for museum members, $17 for adults, and $14 for seniors and students. The festival is free for kids age 12 and under, veterans, active military, and Wisconsin K-12 teachers (with ID)


Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels, Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Venture inside to celebrate opening weekend of the Museum’s newest feature exhibition, showcasing works from the biggest names in art from the nineteenth century to present.

  • Admission is included with LFOA ticket.
  • MAM After Dark: Modern Rebels – Friday, June 19; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Begin the weekend at the Museum’s signature late-night event for young professionals. View the newest feature exhibition inside, and enjoy Festival activities outside. Admission is included with Festival ticket.
  • Live Music from Local Bands Friday, Saturday, Sunday; From blues to jazz to rock, enjoy the sounds of local Milwaukee bands all weekend, while taking in the views of Lake Michigan.
  • Paint Your Own Modern Rebel – Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Channel your inner Dali, Kahlo or Picasso while painting your own piece of artwork to take home. Additional fee required, includes canvas, painting supplies and a glass of wine.

LFOA is organized by the Friends of Art (FOA), the primary volunteer support organization of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Proceeds from the Festival are directed toward the Museum’s world-class exhibitions and collections.

“We look forward to Lakefront Festival of Art all year — not only to welcome in summer, but for the chance to spread art appreciation to the greater community,” said Daniel Keegan, Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “This single weekend ensures we can continue to cultivate art appreciation every day of the year, making it a very special event for the Museum, our Members and future visitors.”

    • Friday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 21, 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)

    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, Adelman Travel Group, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, OnMilwaukee.com, and the 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, visit lfoa.mam.org.

About the Milwaukee Art Museum
Prominently situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum campus welcomes over 400,000 visitors annually. The Museum was founded over 125 years ago and is the largest and most significant art museum in Wisconsin. It houses a rich collection of over 30,000 works, with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, and American decorative arts. It is the world’s leading repository for work by untrained creators and has one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keeffe. The Museum’s celebrated Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, completed in 2001, showcases both Museum-produced and traveling feature exhibitions.

Restore. Reinstall. Reimagine. 
In fall 2014, the Museum began an ambitious project to renovate its two oldest buildings, the Eero Saarinen–designed War Memorial Center (1957) and the David Kahler–designed addition (1975), which house the Museum’s Collection Galleries. Increased gallery space, including an entire floor dedicated to photography and new media, an improved gallery layout, and a new lakeside entrance are among the improvements planned. The collections will be off view through fall 2015; however, the Museum is open throughout construction, with a vibrant schedule of exciting exhibitions, educational offerings, and special programs in the Quadracci Pavilion. For more information, 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, visit www.mam.org/involved/details/foa.php.