Supporting Mount Mary Student Scholarships Since 1968

Always the Sunday after Labor Day! This annual outdoor art show is hosted on the west lawn of the Mount Mary campus and features local and national artists who work in all mediums. All artwork is original and priced at $100 or less. Each artist is selected by jury of experienced Mount Mary alumnae, and the show is presented and sponsored by the Mount Mary University Alumnae Association. With your entrance fee, the association is able to support student scholarships.

Save the date: Sunday, September 9, 2018

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rain or Shine!

Application Information for Artists

Each year, local, regional, and national artists are invited to participate in the Starving Artists' Show. A few things artists should know about this show:

  • This is a juried show.
  • The show is always the first Sunday after Labor Day.
  • Artwork must be sold for $100 or less.
  • Neither the Alumnae Association nor Mount Mary University can collect commissions from an artists' sales.
  • Over 5,000 patrons attend the show each year.

Applications for the 2018 Show

Please download the following application materials and send in completed applications and fees by Friday, March 2nd to: Mount Mary University, Office of Alumnae Relations, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222.

Application Letter 2018

Application Form 2018

Information for Show Attendees

Shop for original and limited edition artwork from over 200 juried artists. A variety of mediums are represented including pottery, fiber, photography, painting, sculpture and more. Follow the show on social media:

SAS Facebook   SAS Instagram

Admission Information:

  • General admission is $10.
  • Children 12 and under receive free admission.
  • Patrons are able to pay by cash or credit card at the entry gates.
  • There are no advanced tickets sales.
  • Admission fees help to support Mount Mary student scholarships!


  • Parking at the show is free.
  • Handicap parking is available for those with a handicap permit.
  • Patrons may park on the hill behind the west lawn (show location) using the Menomonee River Parkway entrance.
    • A second parking lot is available by entering the 92nd street entrance and walking through our historic arches.


  • All artwork is sold for $100 or less.
  • Food and drinks are available for purchase on the show grounds.
  • We strictly prohibit the sale of any artwork before the show opens at 10 a.m.!

Show Traditions:

  • To get the best artwork, patrons begin arriving early in the morning (often bringing coffee and breakfast).
    • Some patrons have been doing this so long that they see friends they meet in line once a year!
  • Sister Georgeann Krzyzanowski, SSND, '66 is usually wearing her Packers gear (a Green Bay helmet with a habit) as she oversees the show grounds while checking in on the score of the game.
  • To signal the beginning of each show, the bells of Notre Dame Hall ring promptly at 10 a.m.
See list of 2017 artists
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2017 featured artists

  • Angela and Ryan Steenhagen: Together, they specialize in making cufflinks and jewelry out of vintage watches. Some can be worn every day, while others are larger statement pieces.
  • Alicia Miklavicic-Franz and Janie Esposito: This mother-daughter pair hand-dyes recycled clothing for scarves, which include innovative design elements, such as collars, hoods or pockets.
  • Connie Pelzek: Inspired by how colors and patterns interact within nature, she incorporates actual leaves and uses a combination of dry brush, transparent overlays, spattering and dripping within her paintings.
  • Nicholas Bowers: Loving the freedom in making art, his glass works are organic, free flowing and based on botanicals.
  • Theresa Brunson: Intrigued by different textures and fabrics, she often incorporates fabric from Nigeria and Mali to merge her African culture into her handbags
  • Pam Talsky weaves baskets that are both functional and natural, beautiful and useful. One of her unique baskets is structured to mimic the winding mountain roads she traveled up and down while in India.
  • Karen Williams-Brusubardis embraces the element of fluidity in her paintings. Each place she paints is inspired from her experiences and memories.
  • James Steeno enjoys working with transparent watercolor. His paintings feature Wisconsin landscapes mixed with a little bit of his humor.
  • Ryan Peters loves engaging raku firing when creating his pottery. Each piece of pottery is one-of-a-kind through his original designs and layers of color.
Starving Artists Show

Hundreds of talents artists create original work.

Starving Artists Show

Artists are juried, so the show has a showcase of diverse mediums.

Starving Artists Show

All art is $100 or less.

Starving Artists Show

Over 5,000 patrons attend the show each year.

Starving Artists Show

A variety of mediums are represented including pottery, fiber, photography, painting, sculpture and more.

Starving Artists Show

Shop for original and limited edition artwork from over 200 juried artists.

Starving Artists Show

With your entrance fee, the Alumnae Association is able to support student scholarships.

Volunteer at this Year's Show

The success of the show can in part be attributed to the over 100 volunteers that make this day possible. Whether it's Mount Mary alumnae, students, staff or members of the community, anyone can be a volunteer. Volunteers help at the entry gates, sell refreshments, direct vehicles for parking and more. We invite you to get involved! To find out more about volunteering and available opportunities, please contact the Alumnae Relations Office.

The Starving Artists' Show is sponsored by the Mount Mary University Alumnae Association. Proceeds of the show benefit Mount Mary University and the Alumnae Scholarship Endowment. Email us at to learn more about volunteering.