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.

2015 Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public!

Friday, April 17, 2015 - Opening Reception
6-8 p.m. Awards Presentation & Gallery Talk by Juror Glenn Dasher
Special exhibit artists: Samuel Corso, Mary Lee Eggart and Kathy Vellard

Saturday, April 18 - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Art Exhibits open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Sunday, April 26 exhibits open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Competitive Exhibit: Two and three dimensional works by regional artists
Special Exhibit: A Collection of Works by Samuel Corso, Mary Lee Eggart and Kathy Vellard
School Art: Artwork by local students and their teachers

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Children's Day at 10am

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Worship Services
11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with The Rev. Robert Martin, Dean and Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - Jazz on Jackson
6-8 p.m. in the Courtyard of First Church

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

Juried Exhibit

School Art Exhibit

Important Dates

Friday, February 6, 2015
Deadline for Entries

Friday, March 13, 2015
Artist Notifications e-mailed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4 p.m. Deadline for shipped artwork

Sunday, April 12, 2015
2-4 p.m. hand-delivered artwork received in Fellowship Hall

Friday, April 17, 2015
6-8 p.m. opening reception awards presentation and gallery talk by Juror Glenn Dasher

Sunday, April 26, 2015
2-4 p.m. festival closes at 2 p.m.  Pick up all hand-delivered artwork

April 27-29, 2015
shipped artwork returned

Phone: (318) 730-0452 
for questions about entries.

Plan a Visit


2727 Jackson Street