Magic City Art Connection

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The Magic City Art Connection (MCAC) is a juried outdoor art show and festival that features local, regional and national artists as well as children's activities, performances, and special food events. It has been held annually at Linn Park since 1983, and is currently the largest outdoor arts festival in the Southeast. Since 2011 the event has been produced by the Foundation for Arts & Cultural Connections, a non-profit founded by festival director Eileen Kunzman.

The Magic City Art Connection has its origins in the Sidewalk Art Show organized by the Birmingham Art Association in 1938 as a benefit for the Birmingham Museum of Art. For many years, the free event was sponsored by Operation New Birmingham and the City of Birmingham. In 2015 the city ended the practice of waiving service fees for events held in public parks and closed-off streets, forcing the festival to begin charging admission for adults.


2016

In 2016 the 33rd annual festival was held on the weekend of April 22-24. Regular admission remained $5.

Best in Show was awarded to Leeds-based ceramicist Larry Allen. The "Emerging Artist" was Ajene Williams. Houston, Texas painter Paul Kremer's work was featured on the event poster.

2015

In 2015 the festival was held on the weekend of April 22-24. For the first time, admission was charged for adults to enter the event. The change was made due to steeply higher fees charged by the City of Birmingham for services related to the use of the park.

Festival awards went to Samuel Yao (Best in Show), Joseph Frye, Katherine Linn, and Chiharu Roach (Signature Awards) and Christine Green, Chad Moore, Eric Forsyth and Jayne Morgan (Awards of Distinction). The "Emerging Artist Award" went to Jared Ragland.

2014

The 2014 event took place on the weekend of April 2527. Photographer Chad Moore's work was selected for the festival's poster and publicity materials. Sculptor Nelson Grice was awarded "Best in Show" and fellow sculptor Sarah Heath was presented the "Emerging Artist Award".


2013

In 2013 the 30th annual show took place on the weekend of April 2628. Mixed media artist Chris Bruno won Best in Show. Christopher Davis was the emerging artist and poster artist.

2012

2011

2010

The 2010 event was held April 23 and 25 (The site was closed on Saturday April 24 due to severe weather). The "emerging artist" was Binx Newton. No installation artist was featured. Students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Altamont School, Erwin High School and Mountain Brook High School provided site sculptures on the theme of "skin and bones".

The 13th annual Corks & Chefs event accompanied the free festival.

2009

The 2009 event was held April 24-26 with 255 juried artists. The festival juror was Skylar Fein. The installation artist was Christopher Fennell and the "emerging artist" was Spencer Shoults. The 12th annual Corks & Chefs event featured members of the Birmingham Originals restaurant coalition. In concert with the Birmingham International Festival's Spotlight on Israel and Jordan, a workshop incorporating Israeli folk dance was part of the festival, and the MCAC sponsored a screening of Girls From Brazil at WorkPlay.

Festival awards went to Paul Andrews (Best of Show), Asia Mathis, Darius Hill and Allen Peterson (Signature Awards) and Adam Stoves, Yang Yang, Lucy Hollis and Joe DeCamillis (Awards of Distinction).

2008

The 2008 event was held April 25-27 with 225 juried artists. The festival jurors were Shana Berger and Nathan Purath. The installation artist was Pinky Bass and the "emerging artist" was Walton Creel. The 11th annual Corks & Chefs event featured several area restaurants. In concert with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, a group of sculptors, artisans and musicians from Pietrasanta, Italy gave on-site demonstrations and performances.

2007

The 2007 event was held April 27-29 with 225 juried artists. The festival juror was Ron Platt. The installation artist was Randy Gachet and the "emerging artist" was John Fields of New Orleans, Louisiana. The 10th annual Corks & Chefs event featured 16 restaurants. In concert with the Birmingham International Festival's Spotlight on the Czech Republic, works from the International Biennial of Drawing in Plzen were exhibited and the Alfa Theatre puppet troupe from Plzen performed during the festival. The weekend's weather was perfect.

2006

The 2006 event was held April 28-30. 225 artists participated. The "Corks & Chefs" food tent returned, along with the children's "Imagination Festival". The festival juror was Rick Lowe from Houston. The year's featured "emerging artist" was Clayton Colvin. The festival added a featured "installation artist" to the program, selecting Jim Neel to exhibit in 2006.

2005

The 2005 event was held April 22-24. Festival juror was Louise E. Shaw of Atlanta. The "Best of Show" award went to Les Slesnick. The featured "emerging artist" was Jane Timberlake. Other distinctions went to Spencer Shoults, Kem Alexander, Tom Turnbull, Ronnie Phillips, Sadie Wang, Antjuan Oden, and John & Breane Trest. Merit awards went to Debra Fritts, Jon Coffelt, Marie Weaver, Conner Burns, Julia Peerson, Susan Leslie Lumsden, Bethanne Hill, Kevin Irwin, Dan Bynum, Guadalupe Lanning Robinson, William Kwamena-Poh, and Aimee Elizabeth Simonton.

2004

Art Papers editor Jerry Cullum served as festival juror. Jon Coffelt was the 2004 "Distinguished Artist". The featured "emerging artist" was Merrilee Challiss.

2003

Printmaker Scott Stephens served as festival juror.

2002

UAB Visual Arts Gallery curator Brett Levine served as festival juror. Frank Fleming was the distinguished artist. The featured "emerging artist" was Annie Kammerer Butrus.

2001

Gallery owner Lorenzo Pace served as festival juror.

2000

Russell and Paula Panczenko served as festival jurors.

1999

Master printer Joseph M. Segura and gallery owner Lissa Sette served as festival jurors.

1998

Gallery owner Max Protetch served as festival juror.

1997

John Wetenhall and artist "Gronk" served as festival juror.

1996

Peter Boswell served as festival juror. Lonnie Holley was the 1996 "Distinguished Artist".

1995

Kim Abeles served as festival juror.

1994

John T. Scott and David Gilhooly served as festival jurors.

1993

Trent Whitington and Gianfranco Mantegna served as festival jurors.

1992

Mel Edwards and Helen C. Frederick served as festival jurors.

1991

Jo Tartt and Jerry Beck served as festival jurors.

1990

Jo Hanson and Stephen Flinn Young served as festival jurors.

1989

Cam Newell served as festival juror.

1988

Fay Gold and Michael Lucero served as festival jurors. Edith Frohock was the distinguished artist.

1987

Tom Butler and Vicki Kopf served as festival jurors.

1986

Jane Kessler and Hollis Sigler served as festival jurors.

1985

Harvey K. Littleton and Elaine Horwitch served as festival jurors.

1984

Ivan Karp and Paul Brach served as festival jurors.

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