The Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts is always the third weekend in August at Fowler Park in beautiful downtown Oconomowoc - rain or shine.
Artist applications are generally available on ZAPP between November and February after which the jury process begins.
Scholarship applications are generally available in March and due by May 1.
Spotlight Group applications are due by May 1.
Parking around Fowler Park is very limited. Please take advantage of our free shuttle bus routes or free pontoon ride, walk or ride your bicycle!
In honor of the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts 50th anniversary, the 2021 booklet cover art is an homage to John Rawlins' sculpture, "Spirit of Oconomowoc." The bronze sculpture, which was donated to the city in 2000
by the Festival, sits across from Veteran's Memorial Park on the popular Fowler Lake walk.
John Rawlins, an internationally recognized wildlife artist, had a long association with the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, as both an exhibitor and organizer. He was also a former president of the festival. His love of the outdoors was evident in his artwork. He felt completely home in the woods, and was an avid sportsman, accordint to his wife Marie, who often accompanied him on his excursions.
Working in both two dimensions and three, he was known for his attention to detail. His favorite saying, according to Marie, was "challenge yourself," which he applied to his artwork...he was always pushing himself to grow
in his artistic abilities. His Riverside Bears are a popular addition to the Waukesha riverfront. John passed away in 2016.
Several scupltures have been installed throughout Oconomowoc in recent years. These gifts are in keeping with the Festival’s mission to bring fine art to the community. Enjoy!
Over the years, the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts has given away more than $200,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing studies in the fine arts.
Check out the student artwork display and create your own work of art in the Children's Art Area. The festival committee has also facilitated youth programs for local kids.