Welcome to the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Join us August 15, 16, and 17, 2014

Congratulations 2014 MDAF Best In Shows and Honorable Mentions!

2014 MDAF Best In Show

2014 MDAF Best of Plein Air

Robert Farrell Tom Kubala
$3000 Cash Prize $1500 Cash Prize


2014 Honorable Mentions

Leslie Emery $1000 Cash Prize
Aaron Laux $1000 Cash Prize
Emerson Matabele $1000 Cash Prize
Mary Ann Redfearn $1000 Cash Prize
Samuel Yao $1000 Cash Prize

2014 Plein Air Honorable Mention

1st Place-Sherri Thomas

2nd Place-Lothar Speer

3rd Place-Jason Prigge

$500 Cash Prize

$300 Cash Prize

$200 Cash Prize


We look forward to seeing you in August 2015!

The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival is a juried art show on the grounds of Milwaukee’s beloved Mitchell Park featuring plein air painters, live music and performances, an art auction benefiting the Milwaukee Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy Domes, and a variety of food, drink, and fun for the whole family.

The Most Exciting Festival Experience in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival is a cultural extravaganza August 15th through the 17th in and around the historic Milwaukee landmark, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Domes. The Mitchell Park Domes are the world’s only conoidal glass houses. The first dome opened to the public in a dedication by Ladybird Johnson in 1964. The last dome to open was the arid dome in 1967. Nearly fifty years later, The Domes are part of a considerable cultural revival. If you haven’t been to the Domes lately, you haven’t been to the Domes! Major renovations are improving just about everything you remember from your childhood field trip.

The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival offers an opportunity to visit one of the most interesting horticultural conservatories anywhere while devouring a feast fit to satisfy every aspect of your cultural palette. In 2013, the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival featured incredible music featuring, among others, Blue Ribbon Band, Jake Paul Band, The Danny Crivello Group, as well as the finest festival food from Balistreri Brothers Pizza and Dockside on Lake Beulah, AND incredible food/music for your soul; fine art! The future artist pavilion where children can create their own masterworks also makes the MDAF a family friendly event.

The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival 2013 jurors include highly acclaimed Milwaukee artist Shelby Keefe, Rita Maria, an acclaimed artist where Elaine Erickson Gallery, Grace Chosy and the Delafield Arts Center currently represent her  artwork, and Michael Flanagan, the Gallery Director at the Crossman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. These three spectacular jurors selected approximately 50 artists, through a blind jury process, to create and display their art work live at Mitchell Park. The MDAF is a stroll through a Gold Medal Winning Milwaukee County Park and a contemporary art gallery at the same time. Shelby Keefe, Pfister Artist in Residence 2011 will be there along with every juried artist will be at the event for you to meet and talk with. There will be a plein air (open air) competition with cash prizes and amazing talent displayed throughout the event.

The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival is the opportunity to find one of a kind affordable fine art gifts for yourself or loved ones and/or investment quality art. Watch as painters create masterworks live in Mitchell Park, then bid online to win the actual artwork you watched being created! If you’re talking to a painting artist, you may actually become part of the inspiration or meaning of the artwork.

Put on by the Friends of the Domes, the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival is entirely for the support of the community through the preservation and improvement of the bright shining jewels of Milwaukee’s southern skyline: The Domes.

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival is sure to hold wonderful things, and we’re looking forward to seeing all the fine artists joining us this year! Keep checking back for new details!

Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Pricing:

An $9 ticket includes admission to the festival, admission to the Domes (normally $7.00), as well as parking. (Children under 5 admitted free)

Great food, great music, incredible art, stunning architecture and open access to one of the most wonderful horticultural collections anywhere is the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival. See what it is all about at www.milwaukeedomesartfestival.com! We can’t wait to see you there!

Sponsor the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival

Now is your chance to get in on the ground floor with what is sure to become one of Wisconsin’s premiere festival events, and help support one of Milwaukee’s best known and loved landmarks, our Mitchell Park Domes, the largest glass conoidal structures on earth and home of world class botanical gardens and horticultural conservancy. Learn more at our Art Festival Sponsor page.

Be An Art Festival Volunteer

Help support the Milwaukee Domes and get free admission for the weekend, free beverages and other goodies at the most exciting art & music festival in Wisconsin. Learn more at the Art Festival Volunteer Page.