5th Annual Free Outdoor Chalk and Art Festival 8/20 at MOWA in West Bend, WI | By Jennifer Turner

West Bend, WI – Art & Chalk Fest, a free outdoor live arts festival returns to West Bend for its 5th annual two-day event showcasing Wisconsin art and artists. Presented by the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), Art & Chalk Fest takes place Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. The museum expects to welcome more than 20,000 visitors this year.
5th Annual Art and Chalk Festival at the Museum of Wisconsin Art
Art and Chalk Festival
5th Annual Art and Chalk Festival

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Artists and artisans will demonstrate their art-making processes and sell their original works of art, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, and more. Many popular 2021 demonstrations will return this year, such as glass blowing in a mobile hot shop, pottery throwing and balloon sculpting. The full list of participating artists is available at wisconsinart.org/festival

MOWA Art and Chalk Festival
5th Annual Art and Chalk Festival at the Art Museum of Wisconsin

“Art & Chalk Fest brings together some of Wisconsin’s finest artists for festival-goers to observe their process of creating art, whether the medium is chalk, clay, glass or music,” said Ally Wilber, curator of programs. MOWA audiences. “We want people to come to the event and stay a while, to soak up the abundant creativity of Wisconsin’s arts community.”

An expanded family activity zone provides space for children of all ages to spark creativity with interactive performances, art-making projects, and a community-sponsored chalk zone. Horicon Bank on Veterans Avenue which is closed to traffic during the event.

Festival goers can enjoy live music throughout the weekend surrounded by the blooming hydrangeas in the MOWA Gardens with performances such as Donna Woodall, Boom Forest, Moonglow, No Seatbelts and Mambo Surfers.

More than 15 food trucks line the festival street, from ice cream to street corn, tacos to falafel. The festival beer garden offers a selection of beers and non-alcoholic options.

MOWA Art and Chalk Festival
5th Annual Art and Chalk Festival at the Art Museum of Wisconsin

As part of the weekend events, MOWA is offering free admission to the museum on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition to see, Tom Jones: Here we are, presents over 120 works by photographer Madison Ho-Chunk in her first full career retrospective.

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The festival is free to the public on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find full event details at artchalkfest.com or search #artchalkfest on social media.

Art & Chalk Fest at the Wisconsin Art Museum
5th Annual Art and Chalk Festival at the Art Museum of Wisconsin


Artist Peter Davidson writes his creation at Art & Chalk Fest 2021. Courtesy of Andrea Waala

Vital cultural center, educational institution, growing network of ideas, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) collects and interprets American art through the lens of one state. Informed by dynamic initiatives and collaborations, MOWA is an innovative forum for contemporary artists, socially relevant exhibitions, talks from artists and industry experts, and engaging classes and activities for all ages.

MOWA has two permanent sites: the West Bend “Mothership” and MOWA | DTN in Saint Kate, downtown Milwaukee, The Arts Hotel, plus two partner community organizations that create statewide access. The MOWA welcomes 200,000 visitors every year, making it a cultural destination for the art and artists of our time.

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