UMU to host 55th Annual ArtFest

The 55th Annual ArtFest, sponsored by the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 at the event’s historic location by the Campus Lakes.

ArtFest is held in conjunction with the Mount Union football game against Baldwin Wallace, Carnation City Food Truck Rally and Mount Union’s Family Day.

The event will feature artwork that is both on display and for sale. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the top artists in each category (fine art and functional craft), as well as a Best of Show. In addition, there will be awards presented in the junior and collegiate categories along with a People’s Choice award. Awards are given for original works only and at the discretion of the judges.

This year’s judge is Michael Schmidt, art lecturer at Mount Union. Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from California State University, Long Beach. Schmidt’s work has been displayed in more than 20 exhibitions in Ohio, California and even South Korea. He has also received numerous honors and awards during his professional career.

In addition to ArtFest, vendors and guests will be able to check out the Carnation City Food Truck Rally and experience different food trucks from the local area. The event will also provide local musical entertainment from Alliance and Mount Union.

For more information about ArtFest, contact or (330) 823-6063.