Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival


49th Annual Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival

April 17-26, 2015

The Annual Arts Festival of First United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Louisiana, was established in 1967 to encourage use and understanding of the arts as a means of healthy expression.  It presented the first juried art competition in Central Louisiana.  For more than four decades since, the festival has offered a variety of exhibits as well as programs of music, film, literature and drama.  

The festival was renamed in 1980 to honor the memory of the Rev. Tom Peyton, a former associate minister whose ministry to the entire community's arts and educational efforts was especially significant.  An endowment in Peyton's memory contributes to the festival's budget, which is supported otherwise by patrons' gifts and grants.  The festival enjoys the guidance and services of the church's staff and the use of its facilities.  The core of the festival remains the competitive juried exhibit, which retains the respect it has earned from artists in the region.

Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public!

Friday, March 28, 2014 - Opening Reception
6-8 p.m. Awards & Gallery Talk by Juror Samuel J. Corso
Special exhibit artists: Claude Ellender, Mary Monk and Louis Morales will be at the opening reception.

Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, April 6, 2014
Art Exhibits open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sunday, April 6 is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Special Exhibit: Plein Air Paintings of Southeastern Louisiana featuring works by Claude Ellender, Mary Monk and Louis Morales
School Art: Artwork by local students and their teachers

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - Children's Day
Bind books, create collages and pull prints with educators from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Online registration is required.  Children's Day events held in the Seekers & Becomers Classroom
9:15 a.m. - Animals in Motion (ages 4 and older)
10:30 a.m. - Wild Animal Masks (ages 4 and older)
12:30 p.m. - Animals in Motion (a family event)
1:45 p.m. - Feathered Flyers (a family event)

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - Worship Services
11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Guest Speaker: Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Bishop, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church

Friday, April 4, 2014 - Jazz on Jackson
6-8 p.m. in the Courtyard of First Church
Music by Gordon & Gail Roach & Friends 
Food by Spirits is available for purchase

Saturday, April 5, 2014  - Art in the Garden
10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Online registration is required.
10 a.m. Talk by Felder Rushing in the gymnasium at First Church
1:30p.m. Garden Tour at the home of Carl and Janet Ahrens

All events listed above are free and open to the public!

Art Run - this event has been postponed
8 a.m. - First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, LA
Online Registration for the Art Run


Juried Exhibit

  • Entry Form
  • Juried Show Labels

School Art Exhibit

  • Student Art Entry Form
  • Student Art info & submission guidelines

Art in the Garden

Saturday, April 5, 2014
  • view the flyer
  • online registration required

Children's Day Events

Saturday, March 29, 2014
9:15 a.m. - Animals in Motion
10:30 a.m. - Wild Animal Masks
12:30 p.m. - Animals in Motion
1:45 p.m. - Feathered Flyers
Online Registration Required

Important Dates

Friday, January 17, 2014 Deadline for Entries

Friday, February 28, 2014
Artist Notification

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Deadline for shipped artwork

Sunday, March 23, 2014
4-6 p.m. time for delivery of artwork

Email: for questions about entries.

Plan a Visit


2727 Jackson Street