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.
2016 Schedule of Events
All events are free and open to the public!
Friday, April 8, 2016 - Opening Reception
6-8 p.m. Awards Presentation & Gallery Talk by Juror Michael Mallard
Saturday, April 9 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Art Exhibits open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Sunday, April 17 exhibits open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Competitive Exhibit: Two and three dimensional works by regional artists
Special Exhibit: TBD Title of Collection by TBD artists
School Art: Artwork by local students and their teachers
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Children's Day
10am for Pre-K through 2nd graders
11am for 2nd graders through 6th graders
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - Worship Services
11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Special Guests: Richard and Elise Eslinger
Friday, April 15, 2016 - Jazz on Jackson
6-8 p.m. in the Courtyard of First Church
All events listed above are free and open to the public!
School Art Exhibit
Friday, January 29, 2016
Deadline for Entries
Friday, 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.