2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Call for Artists

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Mount Vernon. The show features original work in many media. The entry fee is again $60, and $30 for emerging artists. More information and online application materials are available by clicking the paint can at right. The downtown is closed to traffic during the arts festival.

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Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers show a huge success!

Incredible night last night at the Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers concert. It was a benefit for the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council. The Trackers were awesome and the Sheep caught magic in a bottle. Thanks to everyone who came out, apologies to those who couldn’t get a ticket, an a HUGE shout out to the bands, and to Dale Beeks and Gabe  Baillargeon who handled the sound board. It was like old home week for the two venerable bands. THANKS!

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Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers show is sold out

We’re happy to announce that the August 9 benefit performance by Black Sheep and the Waubeek Trackers is a sellout. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets…we’ll see you at the show!

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MVAAC Strategic Plan now available

The new MVAAC 2014-15 Strategic Plan has been adopted and is now available to the public. The strategic plan was developed by the MVAAC under the direction of MVAAC Vice President Denise Murphy, a trained strategic planner.

The process began in May 2013 with a community survey. Over the course of the next several months, the MVAAC hammered out changes and clarifications in the document. The plan calls for the MVAAC to focus on six areas over the next two years:

1.       Arts-related opportunities which in turn enhance the community through the arts.
2.       Art Events (Festivals and Shows)
3.       More Art in Public Places
4.       Art Education
5.       Marketing the Arts
6.       Board of Directors and Structure of Organization

 

 

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Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Highway Arts Festival announces a call for emerging artists to exhibit

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council, primary organizer of Mount Vernon’s annual Lincoln Highway Arts Festival, is once again offering artists who have never exhibited in an art festival the opportunity to participate in this year’s event, which will be held on Saturday September 27.

“Preparing for your first festival can be a little intimidating for an artist,” says Tony Plaut, of the MVAAC. “The Lincoln Highway Arts Festival has been the first public exhibit for quite a few artists and we’d like to expand that,” says Plaut, who is professor of art at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

The entry fee for emerging artists will be reduced to $30. The MVAAC website offers information and checklists for artists preparing for their inaugural show. These include tips on preparing and displaying art, preparing marketing information for the public, tents and booth types, and much more.

In addition, Plaut says 10 percent of the festival’s exhibit space will be reserved for emerging artists.

“We’re not the biggest show in eastern Iowa but we attract good crowds and the artists tell us they always have strong sales during the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival. As an art educator, it’s always exciting to see new artists spreading their wings and putting their work out for sale to the public.”

Application materials are available on this page.

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Welcome!

We at the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council are happy that you stopped by. The site’s in the early stages of construction but we’ll make it good really fast. Stay tuned!

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2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Online Application

2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Online Application

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