Alexandria, LA – Artists from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas age 18 or older are invited to participate in the 49th Annual Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival juried competition. Serving as juror of the 2015 show will be Glenn Dasher, a renowned artist and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A $1000 award for Best in Show will be presented along with ten merit awards of $300 each. The show will open Friday, April 17 and run through Sunday, April 26 at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. To submit an entry, visit www.fumca.org/artsfestival. Entries are due on February 6, 2015. For more information, contact the church at (318) 443?5696.
About the Festival
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. The core of the Festival remains the competitive juried exhibit, which retains the respect it has earned from artists in the region.