Join the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) at its annual Art & Chalk Fest—a live arts weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 20–21 in West Bend, Wisconsin. This FREE, outdoor, live arts festival is set amidst the museum’s four-acre campus and features artists from the Wisconsin arts community.
Experience chalk artists creating large-scale works of chalk art right before your eyes or watch a glass blowing demo in a mobile hot shop or get a caricature drawing of yourself or see clay sculpted into handmade vessels on a pottery wheel all while listening to live music. Visit the expanded Family Activity Zone to participate in a community chalk project to Chalk the Street or get creative with hands-on art projects. Plus, see the best of Wisconsin art, including Tom Jones: Here We Stand with free museum admission both Saturday and Sunday.
2022 People’s Choice Winners
With just ten votes separating the top three artists, we decided we couldn’t limit to just one. Below are the top three People’s Choice Winners for 2022 Art & Chalk Fest
2022 Chalk Artists
Chalk Art Creations
Art & Chalk Fest brings together a diverse pool of creatives in celebration. For two jam-packed days, live art will animate the museum grounds.
Chalk artists will render amazing large-scale compositions on a 10 x 10 foot parcel of pavement. Stop back throughout the two days to see the creations come to life from initial sketches to full-blown ephemeral works of art.
Meet the 2022 Chalk Artists
Peter Davidson | K. Dyble Thompson | Annmarie Geniusz | Kaylee Goodman | Erik Greenawalt | Shelley Heath | Carli Ihde | Julie Jilek | Kinsley Kohls | Chris Monaghan | Elizabeth Niemczyk | Craig & Jamie Rogers | John Soukup | Craig Thomas | Elizabeth Thomas | Sam Wanner | Emily Willey | Kimberly Wood
Art Demos + Vendors
Live Arts All Weekend Long
Designed to shine a spotlight on the state’s art and artists, Art & Chalk Fest invites artists to demo their art-making process and sell their original artwork.
Wander the museum grounds and explore live arts—fine artists will offer live demonstrations in glass blowing, pottery throwing, and more. Artisans working with flowers and papermaking will surprise with their unconventional creations available for purchase. And kids will flock to the face painting and balloon sculpture artists.
2022 Artist Demos + Artist Booths
Balloon Sculptures by Half Twisted Half Knot | Caricatures by Bernie Tennis | Connor O’Brien Glass | Danielle Attoe Art Jewelry | Diana’s Snazzy Face Painting | Dot Spransy | Flower Crowns by Vagabond Fleurs | Gabor Wood Works | Glass Blowing Demos by Cross Plains Glass Collective | Hemp Papermaking Demos with Matthew Presutti | Hidden Roots Studio | Kayleigh Idilko | Kimberly Burnett | Knitted Sculptures by Martha Lund | Living Statue Performances by Alice Wilson | Paloma Wilder Handmade Fine Jewelry | Peppered Fox Studios | Pottery + Ceramics Demos by Kate Salas | Printmaking Demos by Anchor Press Paper and Print | Sable Jewelry Design | Savas Fine Art | Silvergraphic Co. Tin Type Photos | Stacey Burkhart | T is for Textile | Tom Pscheid | UNEARTH by Zak Husz | Victoria Rubinstein Ceramics
Music & Entertainment
Nonstop Live Music + Entertainment
Art & Chalk Fest features a fantastic lineup of live music and entertainment throughout the weekend.
Sit back and enjoy live music all weekend long surrounded by the blooming hydrangeas in the MOWA Gardens.
Keep the fun going after hours on Saturday, August 20 with a special concert at The Bend with Rosie and the Rivets. Get tickets
Saturday, August 20
10:00 Fox and Branch (Family Activity Zone)
11:00 No Seatbelts
1:00 Boom Forest
2:00 Salsabrositas (Family Activity Zone)
Sunday, August 21
10:00 Little Miss Ann (Family Activity Zone)
11:00 Mambo Surfers
1:00 Donna Woodall
3:00 The Peter Alt Group
Food Trucks & Beer Garden
Food Trucks and Beer Gardens
Art & Chalk Fest features a selection of quality Wisconsin food and craft beer vendors.
Enjoy the festival beer garden featuring a selection of Lakefront Brewery beer. Red and white sangria and non-alcoholic beverages (soda and water) will also be available.
Art & Chalk Fest attendees age 21+ must provide a photo I.D. to request a wrist band at the beer garden to purchase beer and sangria. Alcohol is not permitted outside the festival grounds.
Chillwaukee Pops | Falafel Guys | Laughing Mountain Popcorn | Nosh Nook | Pork in the Road | Purple Door Ice Cream | Rise and Shine Food Bus | Rose Gold’s Bistro
Family Activity Zone
Family friendly activities
The Family Activity Zone offers a space for kids of all ages to ignite creativity with interactive performances, art-making projects, and a community chalking area.
Grab a free pack of chalk courtesy of Horicon Bank then chalk the street to leave your mark on the festival! Stop by the family stage to enjoy interactive children’s musical acts and performances throughout the day such as Salsabrositas—Milwaukee’s youngest latin dance team. Free art activities provide a creative outlet for families while the balloon artist and face painter offer a kid-friendly memento for the weekend.
|Saturday, August 20||Sunday, August 21|
|10:00 Fox and Branch||10:00 Little Miss Ann|
|12:00 Magician||12:00 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (Quartet)|
Learn the basics of creating chalk art with a youth workshop on Friday, August 19. Register
Volunteer at Art & Chalk Fest!
It takes the extraordinary efforts of volunteers, staff, and community members to make an event like Art & Chalk Fest possible. Volunteering is easy and fun, and we want you!
Here’s what you get: Free event t-shirt, Unlimited high-fives, and the rewarding feeling of making a difference
Be a part of the festival as a sponsor!
Sponsors help keep the festival free for the community and visitors and support the arts and culture of the state. From prominent logo placement to brand activation opportunities to enjoying the festival firsthand, your participation in this summertime celebration of Wisconsin art and artists makes it possible!
—Special Thanks to the 2022 Sponsors—
Saturday, August 20: 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday, August 21: 10:00am–4:00pm
Monday, August 22: 9:00am Chalk Send Off with the West Bend Fire Department
Free festival and museum admission—come back again and again all weekend long!
Free public parking available on street and in public lots
- Wheelchair Accessible*
- Stroller Accessible
- Ramps & Electronic Doors
*Limited availability Wed–Sun: 9:30am–4:00pm
We love your pets, but please keep them safe and cool at home.
*Leashed service animals are always welcome