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Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival proceeds benefit the Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund.

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival committee implemented this scholarship program in 2010 and continues to offer the awards every year to two seniors and one junior who excel in the arts. MVFAF Emerging Artist Scholarships are two $500 awards given to two senior Advanced Placement Studio Art students and two $250 award given to two juniors in either 2D Design, Drawing or 3D portfolio. Unlike most scholarships that go directly to the institution, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival awards are given directly to the student to be be used for tuition and art supplies.

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival began as The Arts Festival in 1957 with a group of artists exhibiting their works in downtown store windows. As participation increased, the fledgling festival was held in Lytton Square. In 1962, the festival was incorporated, became an independent nonprofit organization and officially changed its name to The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival and moved to its present site at historic Old Mill Park.

This community event reflects the spirit of Mill Valley and its purpose of supporting established independent artists and emerging student artists. Scores of Festival volunteers staff the gates and the Poster, T-Shirt and information booths during this annual two-day event. Much needed support comes from all areas of our community including: in-kind services and donations from the food and beverage providers who partner with Mill Valley nonprofit service organizations. Entertainment by fabulous Bay Area performers at the main and children's stages is included with the gate charge. Children's craft activities are supported by local high school student artists and youth organizations.

The Festival Committee works diligently to continue our tradition of:

  • Encouraging and fostering public education in the awareness and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.
  • Providing an open and continuing dialogue between the established artist and the public.
  • Creating a foundation upon which local service organizations are able to raise a large portion of their operating budgets.
  • Providing an important showcase for new and emerging artists.
  • Presenting a high quality family friendly event.

Park Improvement
Over the years, the Festival has contributed funds towards the improvement of Old Mill Park. Among its projects are the seating area around the stage, the cement ramp in the lower park, the restrooms, and the stage. The Festival is also responsible to the City of Mill Valley for the condition of the park. Debris left by exhibitors and visitors alike is cleaned up Monday morning by Festival volunteers working side by side with energetic Old Mill School students. Thank you to the City of Mill Valley for your continued support!

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2018 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship Awardees.

Two Tamalpias High seniors and two juniors were selected for the 2018 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship for excellence in art. Congratulation to graduates Dean Weiler and Taylor Kibrick:

Nick Smiley
Dean Weiler: "Many of my pieces center around gender and transitioning from female to male. The human body is a big center of focus in art, and trans bodies are a large focus for many people as well. Splicing the two together and normalizing a body out of the binary. Art has helped me throughout my whole life, with my depression and troubling family issues. I came out as transgender just before my freshman year of high school, and art has helped me work through emotions and issues I deal with. Art has helped me have a voice for things words could not convey."
Mattie Fritz
Taylor Kibrick: "Within my art, I focus almost exclusively on line quality, especially when it comes to my block prints. Block printing exclusively captures such an intensity that no other medium can recreate that I use to my advantage to make a final piece really pop. In my work I aim to not only capture the beauty of nature but to portray it’s obscure and, at times, grotesque features as well. I try to bring my understanding of nature’s allure and savagery to all my art, especially in my current concentration on birds. I do this by showing the proof of processes and allowing simple physics to take control of either paint or ink."
Annika Jackson
Marley Constantine: "My favorite materials to work with are graphite and pastel but I also really like painting with acrylics. I am currently focusing on drawing people. We have so many expressions and postures through which we can convey emotion and I think we are fascinating to draw and paint. My concentration this year is on people and I chose my materials and colors to coordinate with the personality I am trying to bring through."
Alexa Barth
Maren Curtis: "I have been drawing since I was a very young and have a passion for drawing women. Most of my pieces are self portraits drawn with pen. I love designing clothes, so most of my girls are wearing detailed garments."