Monte Sano Art Festival Returns September 17th & 18th, 2016

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville is pleased to announce that for the first time in its 17 year history, the Monte Sano Art Festival will expand to two days. On Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, Arts Huntsville will welcome more than 140 visual art exhibitors from 8 states, local food vendors and music to the annual fine arts festival at Monte Sano State Park. Thirty-five of this year’s exhibiting artists are new to the festival. This year’s festival is presented with support from Simple Helix.

Monte Sano Art Festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 18th. The festival is free to attend with a $5.00 parking fee to benefit Alabama State Parks. This year the festival will welcome both new artists and festival favorites to fill the park woods adjacent to Monte Sano Lodge with shopping opportunities, as well as food trucks and musicians.

“Monte Sano Art Festival is a Huntsville tradition and we are excited to once again welcome the community to the beautiful Monte Sano State Park to celebrate our region’s talented fine artists,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “Due to the tremendous response from the community in 2015, we chose to expand the festival to two days to give shoppers more opportunities to explore our region’s talented fine artists, in mediums varying from painting to photography, pottery, sculpture, wool felting, jewelry and more.”

Founded in 1999, the Monte Sano Art Festival was created for the cultural benefit of the community by volunteers who lived in the mountain neighborhood surrounding the state park. In 2015, Arts Huntsville joined with the local volunteer team to manage the programming and logistics of the art show.

This year’s festival will once again feature local food trucks and vendors, including: The Big Easy Mobile Food Trailer, Rollin Lobstah, What’s Popp’N, Iceworks Shaved ice, Piper & Leaf, Suzy’s Pops , Fire & Spice Tex-Mex Food Truck, Valentine’s and Chupper Time. Throughout the weekend, performances by Chip Gulbro and Rob Noneman, The Beasley Brothers, Reginald Jackson, Jimmy Henderson and Winslow Davis will be featured at the pavilion. Other local talent, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Morgan Sloan, Steven Massey and Milltowne will entertain on the bluff.

Special thanks to this year’s presenting sponsor Simple Helix, and our supporters Torch Technologies and Siniard, Timberlake and League. 

LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology Returns to Downtown Square Saturday, August 27th

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. will once again bring digital art projections, colorful light and environmental design to the Downtown Huntsville Square at the third annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology festival, sponsored by Curse, Inc. On Saturday, August 27th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., four teams will transform all sides of the Downtown Square into a living work of art. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees are invited to play with light at the inaugural DayLIT.

lit posterThe four finalists will create dynamic artwork on the square and compete for cash prizes. This year’s finalists are Kenny Paone, Rachel Marrero, LED Orange and the University of Alabama Huntsville. The first place team will receive $2500 with $1000 for second place and $500 for both third and fourth place. Attendees will enjoy lights moving to music, 3D mapped content along with interactive video and light. Videos, LEDs, music and computer-generated art will surround the square with color and sound. Streets on all four sides of the square will be closed to allow festivalgoers the chance to truly immerse themselves in the light experience.

“This juried festival celebrates the uniqueness of Huntsville through the fusion of light, innovation and technology while embodying the principles of STEAM education,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “We are delighted to once again partner with Downtown Huntsville, Inc. to celebrate the creative side of our community.”

This year, Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. are excited to announce a new element to the event, called DayLIT. This pre-LIT event will feature glow in the dark chalk and screen printing, light throwies, green power cars, telescopes, UV bead/electromagnetic spectrum activity and a Mars walk app.

“It will be a free, kid-centric event where children of all ages can enjoy light-themed games and activities thanks to our partners at Lockheed Martin,” said Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc. “Then as the sun sets, DayLIT will evolve into LIT as we light the night on the Downtown Square.”

In addition to restaurants on the square, food trucks will also be on hand to provide tasty treats for hungry festivalgoers.  Fire & SpicePearl: Asian CuisineRollin Lobstah, Aww Shucks, Highway Kabobery Food TruckSugar Belle and Hindsight Coffee Co. will be located just off the square on Green Street.

Both LIT events are appropriate for all ages and free to the public. For information on LIT, please visit

Purchase Artwork by Local Muralists and Bid on Collaborative Triptych at the Arts Huntsville Gallery at the VBC


Huntsville, AL – On Saturday, August 6th Arts Huntsville celebrated the opening of Walls to Walls: The Canvas Work of Huntsville Mural Artists gallery show and the unveiling of the Huntsville Mural Map. Walls to Walls features the works of local mural artists Robert Bean, R.F. Daniel, Jahni Moore, Logan Tanner, Christina Wegman and Andy Winn, whose thematically diverse murals can be found around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

The "Underwater Moonlight" series. You can bid on each piece at the Arts Huntsville office at the VBC.

The “Underwater Moonlight” series. You can bid on each piece at the Arts Huntsville office at the VBC.

At the opening, the featured artists collaborated live on three paintings, titled Underwater Moonlight 1, 2 and 3. The public can bid on the three paintings now through October 28, 2016, at the Arts Huntsville office in the Von Braun Center. All funds raised will support Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment’s efforts to build an outdoor classroom and artist workspace.

Arts Huntsville also unveiled the first-ever Huntsville Mural Map at the reception. Arts Huntsville commissioned local artist David Nuttall of Artimaps to create the map to lead local residents and visitors to view murals around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

The Walls to Walls gallery show’s works are now on display and for sale in the Arts Huntsville Gallery at the Von Braun Center from Monday, August 8th through October 28th, 2016.

You can purchase any of the pieces featured in the show and bid on the Underwater Moonlight series at the Arts Huntsville office or by calling 519-ARTS (2787).

Artist David Nutall with his Huntsville Mural Map, commissioned by Arts Huntsville. The map shows where local artists' murals can be seen around Huntsville

Artist David Nutall with his Huntsville Mural Map, commissioned by Arts Huntsville. The map shows where local artists’ murals can be seen around Huntsville

Arts Huntsville to Unveil Huntsville Mural Map at Walls to Walls Gallery Opening Reception

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville is proud to announce the opening of Walls to Walls: The Canvas Work of Huntsville Mural Artists gallery show and the unveiling of the Huntsville Mural Map on Saturday, August 6th. The gallery show will feature the works of local mural artists Robert Bean, R.F. Daniel, Jahni Moore, Logan Tanner, Christina Wegman and Andy Winn, whose thematically diverse murals can be found around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

The gallery’s opening reception will be held at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment on Saturday, August 6th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the First Floor Connector. The featured artists will collaborate on three paintings LIVE at the event. The finished pieces will be auctioned off in a silent auction, with bidding beginning at the event that evening. The public can continue to bid on the pieces throughout the duration of the exhibit at the Arts Huntsville office in the Von Braun Center. All funds raised will support Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment’s efforts to build an outdoor classroom and artist workspace.

Arts Huntsville will also unveil the first-ever Huntsville Mural Map at the reception. Arts Huntsville commissioned local artist David Nuttall of Artimaps to create the map to lead local residents and visitors to view murals around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

“The Huntsville Mural Walk map offers the community a way to discover and experience some of Huntsville’s most vibrant pieces of public art created by artists here in our community,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “We look forward to adding to this map as artists continue to enrich our local landscape with their work.”

After the opening reception, the gallery show’s works will be on display and for sale in the Arts Huntsville Gallery at the Von Braun Center from Monday, August 8th through October 28th, 2016. You can purchase any of the pieces featured in the show at the Arts Huntsville office or by calling 519-ARTS (2787).

Color Run Tropicolor World Tours brings Island Vibes to Downtown Huntsville


The Color Run 5k returns to downtown Huntsville on September 3, 2016! Experience island vibes and the colors of the tropics at the Color Run Tropicolor.


Saturday, September 3, 2016
620 Clinton Street SW (also known as Lot K – the gravel lot across from the Post Office)
Waves begin at 8:00am and go every few minutes until 8:30am.


Walk, skip, run – just don’t miss out on your chance to experience paradise with few thousand of your most colorful friends!

Each registrant will receive race t-shirt, gold finisher’s medal, headband, a packet of color and more!  An email will be sent out 10 days before the event with more details about picking up your bag of goodies.

Sign up here: Get $5 dollars off with the code ARTHSV.


Don’t forget to click “yes” when asked if you’re affiliated with Arts Huntsville!


Would you like a free race registration?  Volunteers that work at the Check-In Party on Friday receive a FREE race registration for Saturday’s race!  Check out our volunteer information below.



Are you all about partying in the tropics but you don’t want to race?  We are seeking VOLUNTEERS for Color Run Huntsville. This is a great way to give back your community and have a lot of fun doing it. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.

Large groups (more than 10) should email The Color Run at

Volunteers will receive a Color Run T-shirt and guaranteed a GREAT time!



This event is more than a 5K – it’s a big party! At the start line there will be a pre-race party with music, dancing, warmups and giveaways and at the finish line there is a post-race party with timed color throws, music, dancing and even more giveaways.

If you’re ready to join us to volunteer or to be in The Color Run, there are a few tips for making your time even more colorful.

What to Wear:
The best thing to wear is WHITE.  Many runners get creative and wear tutus and other fun costumes. As long as you’re wearing mostly white, you will be all set.  The color does mostly wash out after the event, but be sure to wear something that you’re OK with getting full of color. If you’d like to KEEP all of the color you capture, spray it with vinegar and iron it before washing.

For more information about the colors and clothing, click here:

What to bring:
The first thing to bring is a fun attitude and be ready for a colorful party!! You can also bring spectators to watch the race and be a part of the post-race party. Other than that, be sure to have a towel to sit on in the car on the way home, just in case you have some powder left on you.  There is an air blown cleaning machine at the finish line that should help you get A lot of runners bring glasses, goggles or bandanas for over their eyes and mouths when running through the color stations. The color used at The Color Run is a non-toxic combination of cornstarch, baking soda and FD&C dyes.   If you bring a camera you should cover it with plastic wrap or put it in a plastic bag.



There is no age limit for younger participants. Strollers are welcome at The Color Run, too. Children 6 and over must be registered with a race bib. Children under 6 do not need to register to race and may participate for FREE, however, they will not receive a goody bag. There will be Color Run items and shirts for sale at the event for them. If you’d like your child under 6 to have a race goody bag, then you should register them for the race.

Do you have more questions about The Color Run? Check out their website at

Artist Announced for The Avenue Public Art Commission that will Serve as a Gateway to Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville, Sealy Property Development, LLC, and the City of Huntsville announced the commission of a public art installation that will serve as a gateway to Downtown Huntsville. The pieces, Light Tree and Light Arch, will be prominently featured in the plaza of The Avenue, a mixed-use development along Jefferson Street North and at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Meridian Streets.

Christopheer Fennell's rendering of his sculpture "Light Tree"

Christopheer Fennell’s rendering of his sculpture “Light Tree”

Sealy Property Development, LLC approached Arts Huntsville about partnering on a public art commission after participating in open forums as part of the City’s public art master planning process facilitated by Arts Huntsville. Arts Huntsville, Sealy Property Development, LLC, and the City of Huntsville then combined forces on this public-private partnership. A request for artist qualifications for The Avenue commission was issued in December of 2014. After receiving and reviewing more than 30 artist qualifications and subsequent proposals, a panel of community members selected sculpture artist Christopher Fennell’s rendering of a “light tree” as the winning proposal in June of 2015.

Chris was tasked with creating a sculpture that will serve as a welcoming gateway to downtown Huntsville with a presence both day and night. Chris is an award-winning artist whose work has been commissioned by public art programs across the United States. His creative inspiration comes from a dual background in mechanical engineering and art. Many of Chris’ pieces represent his vision as an artist as well as his sense of humor, and encourage people to participate and place themselves inside or around the artwork. The placement of each of his sculptures is carefully selected for the maximum effect of discovery and scale.

“Chris presented incredible energy and enthusiasm in his vision for these pieces.  It is exciting to be working with an artist that is so accomplished and nationally known, yet is from Alabama and has strong ties to Huntsville,” said developer Charlie Sealy. “Works created by Chris have been installed in dynamic and progressive cities around the country, but you can tell that this Huntsville commission is special to him.”

Rendering of The Avenue mixed-use development, featuring Chris Fennell's "Light Tree"

Rendering of The Avenue mixed-use development, featuring Chris Fennell’s “Light Tree”

Chris will also utilize train rails found on The Avenue site for the sculpture. “We are excited that the repurposing of the train rails will incorporate history from the site into the sculpture, giving it further meaning by merging the past with the present and future,” added developer Sasha Sealy.

Funding for the project comes from the City, Sealy Property Development, LLC and a 2012 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Arts Huntsville that provided funding for both the development of the City’s Public Art Master Plan and seed money for this initial public art pilot project. The artist was chosen by a twelve person selection committee that combined local arts officials, members of the downtown community and the project partners.

“Public art enlivens our community and creates a distinct cultural landscape for our neighborhoods, our city and our region. We are so grateful to the Sealys and the City of Huntsville for partnering with us on this project that will serve as a bold new gateway piece for downtown and a signature piece of public art for Huntsville,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director.

Chris’s Light Tree is as diverse as the community that will experience it, symbolizing an enlightened city – a place where diverse groups of people live and work together and exchange ideas. Light Arch represents different groups coming together to learn from one another, with the lights intertwining around the center of the arch. These site-specific pieces feature street lights you can find throughout Huntsville’s neighborhoods, with the Light Arch mirroring the Roman arch over St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church across Jefferson Street.

“A robust public art program is a key element of quality of life.  It helps create the unique and vibrant places where people want to live, and where businesses want to invest,” said Dennis Madsen, director of long-range planning for the City of Huntsville. “I’m tremendously excited about the Public Art Master Plan, and this installation in particular. I can’t say enough good things about Arts Huntsville and the Sealys, and their willingness to be a part of what I believe will be a precedent-setting project for Huntsville.”

The Avenue development will combine 197 loft apartments with 21,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, creating a walkable, modern living environment. The development, located at 201 Jefferson Street, is scheduled to open in late summer 2016.  Installation of the sculpture is planned for September 2016.

Request for Qualifications: Large-Scale Indoor Artwork Commission at New Kroger in Madison

HUNTSVILLE, AL – Arts Huntsville and the Kroger Company announce a request for qualifications from interested artists for a large-scale indoor artwork to be located at the soon-to-be completed Kroger Grocery Store #605 at 4579 Wall Triana Highway in Madison. This 16’w x 5’h artwork will have high visibility and will be prominently displayed within the store. The artwork should engage the local community while referencing the area’s history and culture.

The deadline for qualifications to be received is Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region.

Finalists will be chosen based on work samples, experience and their connection to the Madison County community. Finalists will then be asked to submit a proposal addressing the installation requirements. Of the finalists submitting proposals, one will be selected to create the artwork for the new Wall Triana Kroger in Madison, opening September 2016.

The deadline for selected finalists to submit their proposals is July 22, 2016.

Selected finalists will receive $250 for their completed proposal. Payment to the selected artist is $9500 including all materials.

There is no application fee. To be considered, artists should submit three samples of their work (including title, medium, and dimensions), a brief resume and an explanation of their connection to the community to by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

For more information, please contact Jana Savanapridi, Member Engagement Manager of Arts Huntsville at the email listed above.

About the Kroger Art Program
The Kroger Family of stores is excited to give local artists the opportunity to lend their talents into creating an uplifting experience in our stores. The objective is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. The Kroger Company hopes to have an interior mural created by a local artist within 65 of its new stores across the country this year.

About Arts Huntsville
Arts Huntsville stimulates and supports community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment and culture to enrich quality of life, education, and economic development in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region. Our vision is Huntsville as the premier mid-sized city for the arts, entertainment, and culture in the Southeastern United States.

Contact: Jana Savanapridi
700 Monroe Street Suite 2
Huntsville, AL 35801

Panoply 2016 Stage Lineup

Arts Huntsville Joins National Arts & Economic Impact Study


Americans for the Arts

The Arts Mean Business. That is the message Arts Huntsville is delivering as we join the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Arts Huntsville is representing not only Huntsville/Madison County in this effort, but is the only study partner representing the arts and cultural sector across the state of Alabama. Arts Huntsville will collect detailed financial data about our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as our theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations. “We benefit from a vibrant and growing arts, entertainment and cultural scene across the Huntsville metro region. Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as business, but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community – employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

Arts Huntsville will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that nationally the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32% of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person – generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.

“This study will show that when we support the arts in the Huntsville metropolitan area, we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism,” said Dillon-Jauken.

According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state and local government revenues. The $135.2 billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the fiscal year 2010 study are available at

“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity series demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”

Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study is supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund for Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the Arts’ local and statewide study partners are contributing both time and cost-sharing fee support to the study. For a full list of the nearly 300 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study partners, visit