Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival


50th Annual 

Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival

April 8-17, 2016

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.

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2016 Schedule of Events
All events are free and open to the public!

Opening Reception
April 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Art Exhibits
Open daily April 9 – 17
Competitive Exhibit: Two and three dimensional works by regional artists
Special Exhibit: Memorable Places by Bill Bryant
School Art: Artwork by local students and their teachers

April 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Wheel of Light - Poetry Reading and Discussion led by Hope Norman Coulter
April 9, 2016 at 4 p.m.

PoemPalooza at Rugg Elementary
April 10, 2016

Opening Sunday Worship Service
April 10, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Jazz on Jackson with Smithfield Fair
April 15, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Vocal Recital featuring Kameryn Lueng, Katelyn Sooter Parks, and Cara Waring; accompanied by Mei-En Chou
April 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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


Juried Exhibit

School Art Exhibit

Important Dates

Friday, January 29, 2016
Deadline for Entries

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Artist Notifications e-mailed

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
4 p.m. Deadline for shipped artwork

Sunday, April 3, 2016
2-4 p.m. hand-delivered artwork received in Fellowship Hall

Friday, April 8, 2016
6-8 p.m. opening reception awards presentation and gallery talk by Juror Michael Mallard

Sunday, April 17, 2016
2-4 p.m. festival closes at 2 p.m.  Pick up all hand-delivered artwork

April 25-27, 2016
shipped artwork returned

Phone: (318) 442-2422
for questions about entries.

Plan a Visit


2727 Jackson Street