Artist Information & FAQ Page

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About the Show

  • For over 50 years, local, regional, and national artists have participated in the Starving Artists' Show held annually in September on the first Sunday following Labor Day. Over 5,000 patrons attend the show, and neither the Alumnae Association nor Mount Mary University collects commission from an artist's sales. Admission proceeds support Mount Mary University students.

Artist Communication

  • All communication to artists will come from two emails; please add both to your list of email contacts to avoid missing any messages that may get marked as spam.
    • (please direct all inquiries here)
    • (please note that this is an automated inbox)

To help you navigate the grounds, here is a link to the downloadable map.

2022 Artist Show Map

Artist Parking

  • Upon arrival, each artist will receive a parking pass to place in the dash of their vehicle for entrance to the grounds on Sunday morning for check-in.

Arrival & Registration

  • Artist registration is from 6–8 a.m. at the Artists Entrance. All artists and their helpers must enter the show through this gate. Complimentary coffee and donuts are available to artists from 7–10 a.m. next to the Refreshments Booth.
  • Artists are not allowed to drive onto the show grounds after 9 a.m. All cars must be out of the show grounds by this time. Artists can re-enter with vehicles for pick-up at 5:15 p.m. after all patrons have exited the show grounds.


Pre-show policy

  • No purchases can be made, nor can items be set aside before 10 a.m. All volunteers, artists, and artist helpers must abide by this rule. Please report any unauthorized pre-show purchases to the Information Booth.

Booth set up

  • Artists can set up their tents and infrastructure on Saturday, September 10, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Artists are not allowed to leave any artwork displayed in their tents overnight.
  • Campus Security will patrol the area, but we are not liable for any artwork left overnight.

Booth Logistics

  • We provide booth areas on grass, approximately 16 feet wide. You are responsible for all equipment for the display and sale of your work.
  • Booth placements do not roll over from previous years for returning artists, and placements are not guaranteed.

Artwork Pricing—ALL sales belong to the artist!

  • The Mount Mary Starving Artists' Show welcomes original artwork priced at $125 or less. A wide variety of pricing under $125 is preferred.
  • Separate pricing of pictures and frames is not permitted. Unlimited prints must be labeled as such.
  • Buy/sell items are strictly prohibited. Any art purchased from a maker or manufacturer may not be sold as "original" work.
  • All artwork displayed and presented for sale must be created and designed by the artist or under the artist's direct supervision. ALL work displayed must be for sale.
  • All sales tax is the responsibility of the artist.


  • When can I expect to know my booth number?
    • In August 2022, all accepted artists will receive an email notification from regarding their booth number/location.
  • Will my booth be in the exact location as last year?
    • Booth placements do not roll over from previous years for returning artists, and placements are not guaranteed.
  • When is my booth fee due?
    • To confirm your spot in the show, we ask you to please submit the $150 booth fee no later than Monday, June 20, 2022.
  • How can I submit my booth fee?
    • We offer two convenient ways to submit your booth fee. You can pay by credit card online.
    • You can mail a check (payable to Mount Mary University) to the Office of Alumnae Relations, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222.
  • Whom can I contact with questions?
    • If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at (414) 930-3025.
    • You may also send an email to (please allow 24-48 hours for a response).
  • What if I lose something? Where should I start?
    • Lost and found is located at the Information Booth during the show. After the show, please call Public Safety at (414) 930-3333.
  • Is there an ATM (automated teller machine) on campus for patrons?
    • Please direct patrons to the nearest ATM in Caroline Hall. Patrons will have a campus map in their program booklet.
  • I have a pet; can they attend the show too?
    • At this time, only certified service animals are permitted onto the grounds.
  • Will there be food/refreshments?
    • Beverages will be available for purchase at the Refreshments Booths.
    • Grab-and-go food items are available for purchase in Bergstrom Hall.

2022 Sponsors

2022 Starving Artists' Show sponsorships are available. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact the Alumnae Relations Office at or (414) 930-3025.

Thank you to our 2022 Starving Artists' Show Sponsors:


Alfa Flowers         Bunzels