Laumeier to host 30th annual Art Fair

Laumeier to host 30th annual Art Fair

Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, will host its 30th annual Art Fair, presented by Emerson, from Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14.

More than 12,000 patrons will attend this annual three-day event on Mother’s Day weekend, featuring local food and beverage vendors, hands-on activities for children, live music and 150 juried artists from across the country exhibiting work in 10 categories.

Event proceeds support Laumeier’s mission and presentation of sculpture conservation, education programs, temporary exhibitions and public events.

Highlights include Art of the Vine, a special wine-tasting event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and the city of Sunset Hills Music Festival from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Laumeier’s Creation Location, free with Art Fair admission, is open throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, offering activities and entertainment for children and families.

Mainstage entertainment will include performances by Boogie Chyld, Dizzy Atmosphere, Funky Butt Brass Band, Trip Daddys and Trixie Delight, among others.

Laumeier received more than 350 artist applications for this year’s Art Fair. All artists ages 18 and up who exhibit work of original concept, design and execution are eligible to apply each year beginning in October the year before; total participation is limited to 150 artists.

The 2017 jury panel includes Robin Assner, associate professor of photography, Webster University; Daniel McGrath, director, Duet Gallery; and Mel Watkin, local artist, independent curator and arts writer. Cash and prizes totaling $5,000 are awarded to those artists judged the best overall, regardless of media category, on Saturday. The 2017 judges panel includes Ellen Curlee, independent curator; Pat Fribis, Sunset Hills mayor; and Brett Williams, local artist.

Admission for Art Fair and Art of the Vine can be purchased on site or in advance at

. No physical tickets.