Supporting Mount Mary Scholarships Since 1968

Join Us for the 50th Show!
Sunday, September 8, 2019

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rain or Shine!


This annual outdoor art show is hosted on the west lawn of the Mount Mary campus, the Sunday after Labor Day. It features over 200 local and national artists who work in pottery, fiber, photography, painting, sculpture, glass and more. All artwork is original and priced at $100 or less. Each artist is selected by a jury of experienced Mount Mary alumnae, and the show is sponsored by the Mount Mary University Alumnae Association. With your entrance fee, the association is able to support Mount Mary scholarships.

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Information for Show Attendees

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 supports Mount Mary University 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 show grounds using the Menomonee River Parkway entrance.
    • A second parking lot is available off of the N 92nd Street entrance.
    • This year, patrons will not be able to park along W Burleigh Street due to the construction.


  • All artwork is sold for $100 or less.
  • Food and drink are available for purchase (cash only) at the northeast and southwest corners of the show grounds.
    • A hospitality area will be located next to the northeast refreshments area with shady spots to sit and information about Mount Mary University academic programs.
  • We strictly prohibit the sale of any artwork before the show opens at 10 a.m.!
  • We do not allow dogs (other than service dogs) or other pets into the show.

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!
  • To signal the beginning of each show, the bell on Notre Dame Hall will ring promptly at 10 a.m.


View the List of Artists Participating in the Show

2019 Featured Artists

Click on the plus sign to learn more about this year's featured artists.
Phyllis Bankier

Phyllis Bankier

Phyllis Bankier captures "the essence of beauty of a moment in time.” In her photographs, she showcases the intricacies of flowers and food. When choosing her subject matter, she looks for bright, bold objects in woodlands, prairies, and gardens. Phyllis then uses negative space to help the viewer focus on specific details.

Jean Wells

Jean Wells

Jean Wells creates upbeat functional pottery to enhance the fun of eating. Her pieces are wheel-thrown and made from stoneware clay. She then hand draws and craves graphics through layers of colored slip. Her imagery often consists of butterflies, monkeys, robots, sewing machines, flowers, sugar skills, or the skyline of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago.

Jackie Guttuso

Jackie Guttuso

Jackie Guttuso’s favorite memory of the show is when a little girl asked for tomato art: “She made my day as her eyes lit up when I presented one to her. She walked out of my booth with a big smile, hugging her tomato print.” Jackie creates colorful, textured collages with acrylic paint on watercolor paper or canvas. She is inspired by nature, art, and children’s art and books.

Robinson Scott

Robinson Scott

Robinson Scott enjoys the process of creating. With each piece, he layers clear and colored glass to capture reflectivity, blend color, project movement, and display dimension. He also focuses on shape, balance, weight, and thickness. The majority of his inspiration comes from within the piece as he watches how the glass changes throughout the process

Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson designs pieces that she calls “small wearable sculptures.” These pieces are hand-fabricated out of silver, gold, and semi-precious stones. She treats the surface of each one with techniques, such as forging, roller printing, and patinas. Her inspiration comes from textures in nature, geometric shapes, and feelings.

Mary Boettcher

Mary Boettcher

Mary Boettcher creates fun, colorful, whimsical pieces using watercolor, gouache, ink, acrylic, and graphite. For her zentangle pieces, she begins by finding patterns that lend itself to the animal, then draws a pencil sketch, adds fine lines with a micropen, and finishes by applying color. Mary is inspired by animals, birds, art history, and famous artworks.

Ilze Heider

Ilze Heider

Ilze Heider loves creating hand bags and strives to make her bags beautiful and functional. All of her bags are made out of cowhide leather. They come in all sorts of different colors and sizes with a variety of ornaments and decorations. Her inspiration comes from watching how her customers respond as many have more than one.

Thank you to the 2019 friend of the show!

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Application Information

Each year, local, regional and national artists are invited to participate in the Starving Artists' Show. A few things artists should know about the 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 collect commission from an artist's sales.
  • Over 5,000 patrons attend the show each year.

Applications are now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied to the 2019 show. Check back in early winter for next year's application.