Be An Artist
We invite you to participate in the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at Santa Barbara's Old Mission on the Memorial Day weekend in May.
A limited number of street painting squares are available for artists. The Festival will provide the chalk and a list of street painting tools and tips for participating artists.
If you can find a business, individual, or organization who would like to sponsor a square, you can be their street painter. An alternative is to sponsor a square yourself or with your friends.
The festival is taking applications from professional and practicing adult artists who would like to participate as a street painter in the festival. We will review your application and if you are selected we will contact you by mid-May.
Sponsor a Young Artist
Young people of all ages can participate as street painters in the festival. A family can sponsor a square of any size, and the street painting can be completed by one child or as a family project. A business can sponsor a square for its employees and their children to create a group project. Schools, religious groups, and nonprofit community organizations often sponsor squares for their students or youth programs. When a family, organization, or business sponsors a square, the festival will inscribe the sponsor's name at the top of the square to acknowledge their support.
History of featured artists
2018 Lysa Ashley
2017 Meredith Morin
2016 Cecelia Linayao — 30th year festival anniversary
2015 Blair Looker
2014 Jessea Gay Marie
2013 Cheryl & Wayne Renshaw
2012 Delphine Louie Anaya
2011 Tom Meaney
2010 Rod Tryon
2009 Jennifer LeMay, assisted by Jessie Altstatt
2008 Laura Wilkinson & Blair Looker, assisted by daughters: Sarah Gill & Rebecca Rindenour
2007 Lisa Jones
2006 Melanie Stimmell
2005 Tracy Lee Stum
2004 Genna Panzarella
2003 Jane Portaluppi Durand
2002 Jay Schwartz
2001 Ann Hefferman, assisted by: Dee Carter Brown
2000 Julie Kirk
1999 Jay Mercado, assisted by: Peitro Palladini & Teresa Marchese
1998 John Iwerks
1997 Jay Mercado, assisted by: Leesa Whitten, Erin Tajime Castean & Katherine Meredith
1996 Jay Fisher & Stuart Brandt
1995 Elise McConnell
1994 Phil Roberts & Mark Wagner
1993 Jay Fisher & Stuart Brandt
1992 Rod Tryon
1991 Tim Steele, Pat Pouler, Tom Meaney, & Lori Kari
1990 Jay Fisher & Stuart Brandt
1989 Chris Davis
1988 Kurt Wenner & Manfred Stader
1987 Kurt Wenner & Manfred Stader
Amy Lundstrom — Vita Bella