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2nd Annual Reno Chalk Art Festival

  • Reno Chalk Art Festival
  • Reno Chalk Art Event
  • Chalk Art Reno Artown
  • Reno Artown Events
  • Reno Chalk Art Festival

See spectacular chalk art come to life!

Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9 • 2017

Watch in awe as pastel chalk paintings come to life at an Artown event, the 2nd Annual Reno Chalk Art Festival presented by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Using pavement for canvas, juried artists—amateur and professional—will descend upon the Biggest Little City on July 8th and 9th to make their mark by transforming parking spaces into works of art at this new signature event. Invited professional chalk artists known as Madonnari will also create spectacular masterpieces.

Stroll through the West Lot of Atlantis for two fun-filled days enjoying whimsical chalk art, bites from local food trucks, live entertainment, artisan crafters and more. The competition runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 8th and 9th. The top chalk artists will be recognized at 5 p.m. on July 9. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Best reproduction of a Master’s Work, Best Use of Color, Best 3D and Artists’ Choice Award. A special hotel rate will be available for out-of-town artists. 

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 7 • 2017
Time Event
6 – 7:30 pm Cocktail welcome reception for VIPs, artists and sponsors
Saturday, July 8 • 2017
Time Event
10 am – 5 pm Competition & Exhibition
Sunday, July 9 • 2017
Time Event
10 am  – 5 pm Competition & Exhibition
5 pm Awards

Are you an artist? Apply to Compete! Call for Entry Deadline: June 1, 2017

You do not need to have experience in chalk per se. If you have an eye for color and love to create, this is going to be an epic event during Artown. We invite all creatives to apply. You will receive breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and we provide the pastel chalk.

Please provide a short statement expressing your interest and include a biography. Please include a hi-resolution photo of yourself as well. These materials will help the jury to evaluate your submission and may be included marketing of the event.


About the Artist

Michael Rieger

Michael Rieger is a professional artist, photographer and teacher. He has worked as a historical photographer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for over 15 years. Michael works with many different mediums including clay, steel and chalk pastels. For the past 14 years, he has led the Colorado arts community and is currently the Art Director of the Denver Chalk Art Festival.

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