College Hill Arts Festival

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The College Hill Arts Festival marks its 32nd anniversary July 14th and 17th, in Cedar Falls, IA.

The College Hill Arts Festival marks its 32nd anniversary July 14th and 17th. Located On the shady corner of College and 23rd Streets on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, the festival will feature 75 artists hand picked from around the country exhibiting their original works for you to enjoy and purchase. These works include photography, ceramics, glass, painting, baskets, jewelry, wood, fiber, graphics, and sculpture. As you pass through their trademark balloon arches you will walk into an outdoor gallery of artwork honored by Sunshine Artist magazine as one of the ‘100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows’ in the United States.

Under the leadership of Hugh Pettersen, the College Hill Arts Festival originated in 1979. Artists set up their wares along the sidewalks of the College Hill business district. The quality of the craftsman led to a huge popularity among the attendees and the Festival has now grown into a signature events renowned in the state of Iowa and throughout the entire Midwest. Volunteers run the event entirely, with a shared goal of making fine art readily available to the public.

Live entertainment is provided to attendees. Musical groups perform on stage as festival goers wander through the artist’s exhibits. A hands-on creative activity for children is sponsored by the Hearst Center for the Arts. Children will also find a Young Art Collectors Gallery featuring original artwork created by exhibiting artists with prices of $10 or less, encouraging children to make their own independent art choices. A variety of food vendors will be at the Festival with picnic tables located nearby. Just enter through their trademark balloon arches, and then enjoy the art and festivities.


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