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In 2017 Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) is celebrating the 36th year of its annual art festival, Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival, on August 19 and 20. The festival, previously held off-site, is now held on LCA’s grounds to connect festival-goers to our gallery spaces, experience the stature of our exhibitions, and connect with programs more effectively. All proceeds from LAAF are invested back into the community through artistic and educational programs LCA provides year-round.
We will be selecting individual fine artists, fine crafters and artisans through a jury process. Additionally, we will be inviting regional galleries who represent the best in emerging contemporary art. Overall we anticipate 65-100 exhibitors.
The jurors for this year’s festival are Doug Stapleton and Frank Connet. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the process. Doug Stapleton is an Associate Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery. He is also a visual artist and educator. Frank Connet is a studio artist, teacher and the owner of Textile Restoration Inc. in Chicago, IL. His work is in numerous private and public collection collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the City of Chicago, Museum of Art and Design (New York), the deYoung Museum (San Francisco) and the MacArthur Foundation (Chicago).
Over $30,000 is budgeted to market the event through partnerships that span radio, TV, print and outdoor media.
Mission: The mission of LAAF is to celebrate and foster the appreciation of a dynamic array of contemporary artists and artisans through the exhibition and sale of contemporary art in a festival setting. LAAF serves as a major fundraiser for LCA with proceeds supporting our exhibitions, programs and educational outreach across the region throughout the year.
Festival Dates: August 19 & 20, 2017
Time: Sat. & Sun. 10-5
Single-Day Admission: $5
Children 16 & under: Free
Active Military Personnel with ID: Free
Free off-site parking available. Free parking and shuttle service from Blue Chip Casino.
LAAF Elements at a glance:
Art & Artisans:
Discover the next big thing at all price points. Everything from fine art to fine-craft.
Northwest Indiana is fully immersed in the foodie movement and we will celebrate our local restaurants bringing the best in local flavor together for the weekend.
What differentiates LAAF from other festivals? It is being organized by a contemporary art center. Celebrating creativity and the creative process, the festival will be punctuated by on-site art-making and interactive experiences.
Jurors will review work April 1 - April 15, 2017. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by April 30, 2017.
Artists who are on the waitlist will be notified as openings become available.
Award categories ($3000 in cash awards):
Best in Show
1st Place Artist
1st Place Artisan
Neil Kienitz Award for Representational Art
Juror's Awards (2)