Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival


49th Annual Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival

April 17-26, 2015

The Annual Arts Festival of First United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Louisiana, was established in 1967 to encourage use and understanding of the arts as a means of healthy expression.  It presented the first juried art competition in Central Louisiana.  For more than four decades since, the festival has offered a variety of exhibits as well as programs of music, film, literature and drama.  

The festival was renamed in 1980 to honor the memory of the Rev. Tom Peyton, a former associate minister whose ministry to the entire community's arts and educational efforts was especially significant.  An endowment in Peyton's memory contributes to the festival's budget, which is supported otherwise by patrons' gifts and grants.  The festival enjoys the guidance and services of the church's staff and the use of its facilities.  The core of the festival remains the competitive juried exhibit, which retains the respect it has earned from artists in the region.

Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public!

Friday, April 17, 2015 - Opening Reception
6-8 p.m. Awards Presentation & Gallery Talk by Juror Glenn Dasher
Special exhibit artists: TBD

Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 26, 2015
Art Exhibits open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sunday, April 26 is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Special Exhibit: TBD
School Art: Artwork by local students and their teachers

Saturday, Month day, 2015 - Children's Day
More information on Children's Day event here.  Online registration is required.  Children's Day events held in the LOCATION HERE.
0:00 a.m. - Title Here (ages 4 and older)
00:00 a.m. - Title Here (ages 4 and older)
00:00 p.m. - Title Here (a family event)
0:00 p.m. - Title Here (a family event)

Sunday, Month day, 2015 - Worship Services
11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Guest Speaker: TBD

Friday, Month day, 2015 - Jazz on Jackson
6-8 p.m. in the Courtyard of First Church
Food by VENDOR

Saturday, Month day, 2015  - Art in the Garden
0:00 p.m.
Online registration is required.
More info listed here.

All events listed above are free and open to the public!

Art Run - Date TBD
8 a.m. - First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, LA
Online Registration for the Art Run


Juried Exhibit

School Art Exhibit

Art in the Garden

Saturday, April TBD, 2015
  • view the flyer
  • online registration required

Children's Day Events

Saturday, April TBD, 2015
0:00 a.m. - Title TBD
00:00 p.m. - Title TBD
Online Registration Required

Important Dates

Friday, February 6, 2015
Deadline for Entries

Friday, March 13, 2015
Artist Notifications e-mailed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4pm Deadline for shipped artwork

Sunday, April 12, 2015
2-4pm hand-delivered artwork received in Fellowship Hall

Friday, April 17, 2015
6-8pm opening reception awards presentation and gallery talk by Juror Glenn Dasher

Sunday, April 26, 2015
2-4pm festival closes at 2pm.  Pick up all hand-delivered artwork

April 27-29, 2015
shipped artwork returned

Phone: (318) 730-0452 
for questions about entries.

Plan a Visit


2727 Jackson Street