For over 50 years, the Old State Capitol Art Fair in Springfield has been the crown jewel of art in the Midwest, featuring artists from neighboring states and across the country. This weekend, art collectors and enthusiasts will gather to admire hundreds of art pieces while enjoying live music and food from local shops during this two-day event.

In 1961, the first ever Old State Capitol Art Fair was held. The original organizers wished to highlight the social, cultural and historical aspects of Springfield to promote city pride and solidify Springfield as a model capital city for other cities across the nation to take note of.

Today, the art fair is an annual event, which serves to bring the city together through art and culture and provides individuals the opportunity to purchase original art. Located on the Old State Capitol grounds, the fair takes over downtown Springfield, outpouring onto surrounding streets and sidewalks.

Over 100 artists attend the fair each year to display and promote their artwork. Each artist brings their own unique style and specializes in different categories of media including acrylic, wood, photography, ceramics and more. Since 2011, the art fair has also featured an interactive display that allows attendees to help recreate a piece of artwork from one of the fair’s featured artists.

Visit the Old State Capitol Art Fair on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to take part in the event.

For more information, visit the Old Capitol Art Fair’s website.

Happy viewing!