Supporting Mount Mary Scholarships Since 1968

Save the Date 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 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 student scholarships.

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Applications Now Available for the 2019 Show!

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.

Click here to learn more about applying to this year's show. Application deadline is March 1.

Apply Now!

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 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.!
  • We do not allow dogs (other than service specific dogs) 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 ring promptly at 10 a.m.

See the List of 2018 Artists

2018 Featured Artists

Click the plus sign in the upper left-hand corner for the name of the artist.

Starving Artists Show

Daniel Lager

Daniel loves exploring patterns and colors from nature in his paintings. Each piece is painted in reverse on glass with acrylic paint. He always starts by painting the foreground and the details first and finishes with the background.

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Stan Piepenburg

Stan draws with ink using brushes and pens. All of his drawings are inspired by the serenity of nature. He most often draws winter scenes because he likes the contrast that created is by black trees against white snow and a brightly colored sky.

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Char TerBeest-Kudla

Char learned to sew when she was five years old. When she decided to build her own business, she felt that sewing cloth handbags would be the perfect fit. Her handbags go from basic, utilitarian to fancy schmancy, which show off her sewing and design skills. (Photo taken by Larry Sanders.)

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Sharon Fujimoto

Sharon fell love in with glassblowing while completing her undergrad at the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, she blows functional, decorative, classic forms out of glass. Her inspiration comes from the world around her: nature, dreams, travel, films, etc.

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Deb Radke

Deb, a potter turned metal artist, creates whimsical flower, butterfly and abstract wall sculptures. She works exclusively with copper because of "its soft properties and brilliant color." Her sculptures come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for the home, office or garden.

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Mary Hager

Mary enjoys figuring out how to recreate creatures from nature in wire, paper, fabric, etc. She begins each creature by making an accurate representation of its form and then embellishes it with bright, fun colors. Her favorite method to build a creature is covering a wood or wire armature with clay and pressing different textures into it.

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Jean Johnson

Jean enjoys being able to take natural fibers and weave them into a basket in a day. All of her baskets are made from reed and of a traditional basket style. Her inspiration for color comes from her vintage fiesta plate collection.

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Paul Jeselskis

Paul did not plan to take his first ceramic class. Today, he loves taking a lump of mud and turning it into something beautiful. He mostly builds vases, urns, jars out of porcelain on the potter’s wheel. All of his pieces are decorative, functional, colorful and pleasing to the eye.

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Paula Sparks

Paula loves soldering and fabricating metal to create necklaces, rings and bracelets. She describes her pieces as tiny enamel paintings because she layers colorful, organic shapes within enamel, sometimes adding gemstones.