Artober Fest

The Art & Design Department would like to invite you to our annual Open House that has transformed from an event for high school students into an outdoor art extravaganza, welcoming university students, high school students, and community members alike. Join us on the third Thursday of October for Artober Fest. 

In 2019 we are celebrating our fifth annual Artober Fest on Thursday, October 17, 10:00am-3:00pm on the Delta Field, just east of the Fine Arts building. The event is free and open to the public. All proceeds from sales during the event go to the individual student-run art clubs. We look forward to seeing everyone at Artober Fest 2019! 

Activities Planned for Artober 2019 

Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

Dust Off Your Hands For The Sidewalk Chalk Contest 

This year we will be continuing the Sidewalk Chalk contest. Limited to five teams or individuals, with prizes awarded to the top three. Chalk provided. Pre-registration required: please email by October 14, 2019 to register.




Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

Explore Your Creativity With MED's Temporary Graffiti Wall 

Spray paint will be provided. MED store will be selling schwag which will go for funding the student group's scholarly activities. 






Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

Throwing PARTY!

Throw something on the wheel with Clay Club. The Ceramics Faculty and students will demonstrate wheel throwing and will teach anyone who is interested in trying. Wheels and clay will be available for beginners to try wheel throwing. There are “Blind Wheel Throwing” and “One Hand Wheel Throwing” contests with prizes! Clay Club will have an assortment of student ceramics pieces for sale.




Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

The AFP&MD Clubs and Department proudly presents...

  • Bake sale with free popcorn.
  • Portraits and caricatures by our talented illustrators for $5.
  • Polymer clay décor and coloring sheets by our talented illustrators and animators.
  • “Green Screen Magic” portraits for $5 or $20 for a T-shirt.
  • T-Shirts printed with 8x10 photograph prints of local landmarks taken by AFP&MD photographers for $20.

Come show your support and leave with original artwork. All proceeds support our student club!

Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

Print Madness: Ink It Up With Printmaking Guild!

They will be demonstrating live printing of woodcuts onto T-shirts and other apparel. These items will be for sale. Bring your own T-shirts to be printed and receive a discount.






Photographer Nathan Javernick, A CMU Photography Student 

Turn Up The Heat With Sculpture Guild 

Sculpture Guild will cast sculptures in molten iron during an Iron Pour. They will begin pouring around 10AM and won’t stop until all the molds are poured. There will be opportunities to win sculpture related prizes throughout the day!





Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student 

Admire Juried Artwork At The CMU Pop Up Gallery!

The CMU Art Gallery Student Committee will be hosting a juried pop up gallery. This one day pop up gallery will have artwork by CMU students and alumni.






Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

How To Get An Artober T-Shirt 

Complete an Artober Fest punch card and receive a free Artober Fest T-Shirt, while supplies last. All of the T-shirts are designed and printed by hand by MED (Mesa Emerging Designers). 

Start your day at Artober Fest at the Information Station where we will be giving out punch cards. After you have visited all of the booths and received a punch turn in your completed punch card to the Information Station and receive your free T-Shirt, while supplies last. 








Schedule A Building Tour 

Are you thinking about attending CMU? Would you like a tour of the Art and Design Department? The Art and Design faculty will be giving tours to individuals and school groups throughout the day at Artober Fest. Contact Ashtonn Means to sign up for a tour time. 

Event Location and Parking Information 

Artober Fest is an outdoor event located on the Delta Field (#37 on the map) on the CMU campus. Please see the map below for details. If we need to change the location due to weather we will send out an announcement. 

Campus Map

If you are a community member attending the event click the link below to purchase a day permit parking pass that will allow you to park in any lot except reserved lots. Commuter lot CP9 is closest to the event location. Please see the link below for details. 

Parking Services Information

Parking Map

If you are attending Artober Fest as a school and will need to park a bus for the day please see the map below. Due to new construction on the CMU campus we do not have parking that will accommodate large busses. Schools will need to follow the directions on the map to drop-off the students and then park the busses off campus. We suggest you park the busses in the Lincoln Park/Stocker Stadium parking lot. If you have questions about parking arrangements please email Ashtonn Means at

Bus Drop-Off Map

If you have any questions about Artober Fest please contact Ashtonn Means at or 970-248-1833.