The 42nd annual Festival of the Arts will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Noel Fine Arts Center (NFAC), 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point. The event is free and open to the public.
Festival of the Arts is sponsored by the Stevens Point Festival of the Arts Council and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Festival of the Arts displays the work of approximately 50 artists, and all of the art will be available for purchase.
The entire court yard of the NFAC will be filled with displays from local artists. People will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the artists throughout the day.
Types of art range from paintings to sculptures and ceramics, from wood carvings to photography and drawing.
The goal of Festival of the Arts is to promote the arts by encouraging art awareness, supporting working artists and contributing to local art education.
Ten works of art will be selected for awards of excellence and one Best of Show. The awards are doled out based on overall quality, not by category.
Last year’s winners included Julie Sutter Blair, drawing; Thomas Buchs, painting; Jessie Fritsch, encaustic painting; Sharon Fujimoto, glass work; Brenda Gingles, jewelry; Ilze Heider, fiber work; Bill Lemke, photography; Charlotte Fung Miller, painting; and Joyce Wilson, fiber work. Best of Show went to Alexander Landerman, for a drawing of a hare.
The event receives support in the form of donations from the public and from local businesses. The proceeds go toward advertising the event, providing children’s activities for the event and supplying food and refreshment for the artists who participate in the festival.
Funding is also brought in through the annual silent auction of art work donated from participating artists.
Much of the financial support is used for student scholarships, awarded to UWSP students who excel in music, drama and art and have unmet financial need.
Due to increased support from the community in the past several years, the Festival of the Arts Council has extended the scholarship grants to students in theater, dance, music, graphic design and studio art.
In addition to scholarships offered to university students, the council opted to offer scholarships to students in Portage County to attend the High School Summer Art Camp at UWSP.
The festival also supplies monetary awards to the Emerging Artist Show held at the Stevens Point Riverfront Arts Center. This show highlights artwork from art students in grades seven to 12 in the Stevens Point Area Public School District.