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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, middle school students and community members alike. Join us on the third Thursday of October, 10:00am - 3:00pm for Artober Fest.

Artober Fest 2023

Photographer Ashtonn Means, Administrative Assistant for Art & Design 

Dust Off Your Hands For The Sidewalk Chalk Contest 

Limited to five teams of middle school students and five teams of high school students, with prizes awarded to first place in the two categories. Teams are limited to four students. (Prizes will be provided for four students.) Chalk is provided, but teams can bring their own chalk. Absolutely NO oil-based chalks/pastels or spray chalk is allowed. Pre-registration is required, and the competition is from 10am to Noon across the Delta Field next to the Science Building. Winners will be announced on site at 1:00pm. Email [email protected] by October 13, 2023, to register your teams.


Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

Explore Your Creativity With MED's Temporary Graffiti Wall 

Join MED and experiment with the Temporary Graffiti Wall; spray paint provided. MED store will be providing schwag for purchase 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 are provided. 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 Ashtonn Means, Administrative Assistant for Art & Design 

Get Animated!

Animation students will offer live caricatures. AMP Club character designs and artwork will be available as stickers and t-shirts. Photo students will offer professional headshots, or portraits of you and your special Boo!





Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student

Print It Up!

The Printmaking Guild 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  

Get Up and  Move with Dance

Dance Society is a student-run club at CMU that aims to support and provide opportunities for dancers as well as educate the greater CMU community about dance. Dance Society holds student directed and choreographed dance concerts every semester called Real Artistic Works. They also fundraiser and offer support for dancers to attend outside training opportunities that will benefit their careers in the arts.


Listen to the Music...

Photographer Cassie Fortman, A CMU Graphic Design Student  

artoberfest2018-147.jpgCMU's Music Department will be performing.  Want to learn more about the Music Department? Click on the link below.

Music Department








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). A new design every year! 

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. 







Meet CMU Mascot Rowdy at Artober Fest! 

Rowdy at Artober Fest 2022,  Jeremy Smith

My name is Rowdy, and I love to work hard, play games, and above all, support The Herd! I am always energetic and ready to go! If you see me around campus or at our home games, come say hi. It’s always fun to meet the Mavericks! I am excited to meet all of you at Artober Fest this year. Come say and hi and take a picture with me!








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 or if you are with a school, but driving your own vehicle 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 email Ashtonn Means at [email protected]

Bus parking is very limited so email as soon as feasible to reserve a spot.

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