Laumeier Sculpture Park hosts 31st annual Art Fair and a music festival


Laumeier Sculpture Park will host its 31st annual Art Fair Friday, May 11, Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13, at the park, 12580 Rott Road in Sunset Hills. Admission is $10.

More than 15,000 patrons typically attend the annual three-day event on Mother’s Day weekend featuring local food and beverage vendors, hands-on activities for children, live music and up to 150 juried artists from across the country exhibiting work in 10 media categories.

The categories include ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood.

The annual Art Fair is produced in partnership with St. Louis County Parks.

Event proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission of engaging the community through art and nature.

 Highlights of the weekend include the Sunset Hills Music Festival, free with event admission on Saturday, and the Edward Jones Creation Location, free with event admission on Saturday and Sunday, offering activities and entertainment for kids and families.

Main stage entertainment includes Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players, Grace Basement, Dave Black, The Big Rigs, The Kasimu-tet, Naked Rock Fight and Trixie Delight, among others.

 Laumeier received more than 400 artist applications for this year’s event — an increase of 50 applications from last year. All artists ages 18 and up who exhibit work of original concept, design and execution are eligible to apply, but total participation is limited to 150 artists. Cash and prizes totaling $5,000 are awarded to those artists judged the best overall, regardless of media category, on Saturday.

Among the members of the judges’ panel are Sunset Hills Mayor Patricia Fribis.

The primary sponsor of the event is Emerson, with media support provided by publications including Call Newspapers.