Hundreds of artists participate in Chalk Walk

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Nearly 200 artists have set up in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art building on the 300 block of Main Street. chalk walk

Artists use pastels to recreate existing art, or create their own unique design on the street.

The Chalk Walk is hosted by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA). It’s displayed the first Saturday and Sunday during the Three Rivers Festival.

FWMoA said the event is based on an Italian tradition of street painting that dates back to the 16th century, known as “i madonnari (street painters).” Using pastels, artists may choose to reproduce existing artworks or create their own in their designated square.

The museum credits the Chalk Walk as a community event that draws on the amazing talents of area, regional and national artists. Individuals and families with no training in art are especially encouraged to participate.


Prizes are awarded to winners in each Chalk category. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges from FWMoA and the community.


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2014 categories are:

  • Trompe l’oeil – French for “fool the eye”
  • FWMoA’s 30th Anniversary in Downtown Fort Wayne
  • The Golden Age of American Bicycles
  • Depictions of FWMoA Outdoor Sculpture

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  • Best Use of a Street Blemish (only for those with cracks and manhole covers in their square)
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