In conjunction with Elmhurst Art Museum’s 25th year of inspiring its community, the museum and RGL Marketing for the Arts launch summer festival season with the 25th Annual Art in Wilder Park, free-to-the-public from April 30 through May 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 175 S. Cottage Hill Avenue. The outdoor festival, presented in partnership with the Elmhurst Park District, features over 125 exhibitors including local artists, musical acts, food vendors, a designated Kids Court for family activities, and more. All attendees will be invited to visit the museum’s new exhibition, Houses of Tomorrow: Solar Homes from Keck to Today, free of charge. A full exhibitor list is now available at elmhurstartmuseum.org/events.
“The Elmhurst Art Museum is proud to be the new lead co-organizer of this popular Elmhurst tradition,” said John McKinnon, Executive Director of the Elmhurst Art Museum, “After two years of isolation and uncertainty, we’re thrilled to host an estimated 8,000-10,000 visitors on our museum campus at Wilder Park, located in the heart of Elmhurst.”
“We are excited for the return of Art in Wilder Park,” said The Honorable Scott Levin, Mayor of Elmhurst. “This vibrant event located in the center of Elmhurst attracts thousands of visitors and has become a staple to our community. We hope people from near and far will spend the day at the park and support our incredible local artists while also exploring the restaurants and businesses in our town.”
In addition to local artisans selling one-of-a-kind jewelry, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, fiber arts, and a diverse slate of other media, visitors can enjoy a variety of different kids’ activities with over 20 community organizations, goods from twelve food vendors and a range of musical performances from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including Caitlin Simone & Lloyd Synder, School of Rock Elmhurst, Doug Bardolph and Marion Longid.
As part of the Elmhurst Art Museum’s 25th year of inspiring its community, the museum will host a year-long celebration, with a focus on the three major hallmarks of its mission: architecture (Spring), education (Summer), and art (Fall).The museum’s current exhibition Houses of Tomorrow: Solar Homes from Keck to Today celebrates Chicagoland’s innovative solar homes starting with George Fred Keck’s vision for the future built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. It is accompanied by an exhibit in the historic 1952 McCormick House, Jan Tichy: Reflectance. Two additional shows will be on view, including the annual School District 205 Student Art Show and a solo show by Ted Strandt in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild gallery.
For more information about museum programming and hours, call 630.834.0202 or visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.