MOWA Presents Inaugural Art and Chalk Fest 

Free Festival to Feature Artist Booths and Chalk Artists

July 7, 2017
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WEST BEND, Wis. (July 7, 2017): The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is celebrating the purchase of its new south-facing green space – Cultural Campus – with a festival for art lovers and enthusiasts. The first annual Art and Chalk Fest will take place on July 29 and 30, 2017. It will feature a juried selection of fine arts and crafts artists booths, professional chalk artists, kids art activities, food vendors, live music, and a beer garden – all for free. For the duration of the festival MOWA will be open and free to the public.

“We’re ecstatic to bring Art and Chalk Fest to the community. There’s nothing like it in the region and it’s an excellent opportunity to bring together artists, families, and businesses.” said Laurie Winters, MOWA Executive Director | CEO. “From the high caliber of exhibiting artists to the interactive chalk artists and art activities for all ages, the festival will be truly engaging.”

Professional chalk artists or “street painters” from all corners of the country will participate in the festival. It is customary for the festival organization to provide lodging for the artists and many MOWA members have jumped at the opportunity to host an artist of their own. Several chalk artists are local including Alex Silvia of Milwaukee; Kitty Dyble Thompson of Milwaukee; and Stacey Williams-Ng of Mequon.

The festival will also welcome two talented student chalk artists, Kaylee Goodman and Kinsley Kohls. Goodman, age 13, lives near Pike Lake and will begin her enrollment as an eighth grade student at Slinger Middle School this fall. Kinsley Kohls, a freshman at West Bend West High School has garnered viral attention on social media since the age of nine. Her artwork was posted to an autism inspiration Facebook page that resulted in thousands of likes, comments, and customers. Kohls was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at 15 months of age and has participated in art therapy since age two. Art inspires her to express herself.

Participating professional chalk artists include Shawn McCann, Craig Rogers, John Soukup, Kumpa Tawornprom, Janet P. Tombrose, and Tonya Youngberg. Each artist will chalk live at for the duration of Art and Chalk Fest. Patrons will have an opportunity to meet the artists and vote for their favorite. The winner will receive the “People’s Choice” award at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m.

The festival will showcase more than 50 exhibiting fine arts and crafts artist vendors. Artists Fred Stonehouse and Faythe Levine juried the exhibitor entries in the following categories: ceramics, fiber, fine arts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography, wearables, and wood. There are two awards for the exhibiting artists, “Best of Show” and “Curator’s Choice.” A list of exhibiting artists is available online at

Art and Chalk Fest will offer attractions and activities for all ages and interests. A designated outdoor area will feature kid’s art activities including face painting, art projects, chalking, make-your-own fruit sushi, and more. There will be live music, food vendors, a beer garden, and live statues by Pantaloon Productions. The Museum will be open and free to patrons to walk amongst the galleries and enjoy the “A State of Fashion” summer exhibition featuring four sartorial-themed shows spanning more than 100 years of fashion. The MOWA Shop will also be open during regular museum hours each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art and Chalk Fest is sponsored by Sommer’s Automotive, UW–Washington County, Educators Credit Union, Johnson Family Fund, Slesar Glass, Hampton Inn & Suites (West Bend), Milwaukee Radio Alliance (B93.3 FM), Conley Media, M Magazine, Lakefront Brewery, Arnold’s Environmental Services, Inc., and Pantaloon Productions. More information about Art and Chalk Fest is available online at or on Facebook at

To schedule an interview with the primary event contacts at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, please contact MOWA Director of Communications and Marketing Jessica Wildes at or 262.247.2266
Jessica Wildes, Director of Communications and Marketing, 262.247.2266