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Lakefront Festival of Art

We are kicking off summer virtually by bringing you Lakefront Festival of Art at home! Create new at-home art projects, groove to summer music, shop summer gifts in the Museum Store, and support the 2020–21 LFOA artists.

While we look forward to hosting the festival in person again in the future, looking at photos from past festivals shows just how much fun this annual event brings to Milwaukee. To all who have supported this event in the past, and to all the volunteers, partners, artists, and vendors who contributed to its success—thank you. We look forward to celebrating LFOA with you in 2022.

There are still opportunities to connect with the Museum and with art this summer! Join us for Lakeside at MAM on the Museum’s east lawn for free outdoor fun. Weather permitting, visitors will be able to make art, participate in activities, and enjoy live performances throughout the summer. See the full details here.

Festival Highlights

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Virtual Artist Booths

View works of art from the artists who planned to participate in the Museum’s 2020 and 2021 festivals. Visit their websites to explore more of their work and show your support.


Meet the 2020–2021 Poster Artist

Krista Allenstein is a Milwaukee-based artist known for her vibrant oil paintings of reimagined mid-century neon signs. Her works share uplifting messages that attract and welcome everyone. Guests of the 2020–21 LFOA would have seen her art featured on festival t-shirts, signs, posters, and more. Stay tuned—her poster design will be revealed when we come together for the 2022 festival!

Woman in a room surrounded by neon sign artwork

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At Home Summer Projects

Follow along with members of the Museum’s education department as they show you creative ways to connect with art this summer. Enjoy these hand-picked favorites to celebrate Lakefront Festival of Art.

Art in Motion

Create your own kinetic art—and then launch it into the air!


Making in the Moment

Learn about an abstract painting, and then make a summer-inspired work of your own.


Flat Flowers

Be inspired by artist Andy Warhol, and make a print using flowers and plants.


Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Enjoy a virtual tour of three outdoor sculptures on the Museum’s campus. This activity was part of Kohl’s Family Sundays: Sculpture, one of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s lively family-friendly events that takes place four times a year.


Looking for more ways to ignite your inner artist? Find even more art-making activities from Kohl’s Art Studio that you can do together at home, or make art outside at the Museum this summer during Lakeside at MAM.


Summer Songs

From shopping and photo ops to performances and art making, Lakefront Festival of Art has something for everyone, including lively music on two stages. This year, enjoy lakefront-inspired music from anywhere when you listen to “Sailor Song” by Kai Simone.


Museum Store

Small group of patrons wearing masks as they browse through the Museum store

Shop the Museum Store in person and online for summertime essentials inspired by art.

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Behind the Scenes with the Artists

Get to know a few of the 2020–2021 LFOA artists! Take a peek inside their studios, learn more about their artistic processes, and watch them at work.

Painting with Scott Olson

See Scott Olson create one of the works in his Tulipanes Morados (Purple Tulips) series. The artist uses oil paint, watercolor, and mixed media on paper.

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Jewelry Design with Kim Koch

Join Kim Koch in his studio, and watch as the artist brings one of his designs to life.

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About Friends of Art

Friends of Art is a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Every year, they recruit hundreds of volunteers, who work together to make Lakefront Festival of Art possible.

The mission of FOA is to raise funds, used primarily for exhibitions and acquisition of art; to cultivate leaders and volunteers in support of the Museum; and to promote awareness and appreciation of the Museum and visual arts.

Support Your Museum

As a nonprofit arts organization, we rely heavily on events like Lakefront Festival of Art, whose proceeds help support safeguarding and showcasing the art in the collection, keeping the buildings and grounds in tip-top shape, and presenting educational and enrichment programs for all ages. Though this event is canceled, you can still help! Make a donation through the link below, or become a Member today.

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