Boneyard Arts Festival




40 North is thrilled to announce the Signature Image for the 2018 Boneyard Arts Festival! After evaluating 100+ outstanding submissions, a panel of local arts professionals selected Lisa Kesler’s Happiness 2, acrylic with linocut collage, to be the signature image of the 2018 Boneyard Arts Festival! The Boneyard Arts Festival signature image is featured on all festival registration materials, posters, postcards, billboards, print and online advertising, as well as on the cover of the Boneyard Arts Festival quick guide.

"I prefer to paint abstractly so that I can concentrate on the colors and shapes and textures in my painting. I often use areas of repeating patterns to create a sense of rhythm and energy. Happiness 2 is a painting from one of my new series. I created it by combining two of my favorite mediums - acrylic painting and linoleum block printing. I printed geometric designs from blocks of linoleum that I carved. Then I applied the printed designs to the surface of my painting as part of the overall composition."

Lisa Kesler is a painter and printmaker who works from her studio in Tolono. She studied painting at the U of I and received her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She works in a variety of media including acrylic painting, encaustic painting, linoleum block printmaking, and letterpress printing. Her style and methods have been influenced by the places she's lived: the Midwest, the desert Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest coast. She finds inspiration and ideas all around her, especially in vintage illustrations in magazines and books, textiles, and the decorative arts. To see more of Lisa's work visit

The Boneyard Facebook Group

The Boneyard Facebook group ( is an interactive tool intended to connect all artists and venues to make plans for the festival.


About Boneyard

Presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West, the Boneyard Arts Festival is a four-day event showcasing the broad range of creative activity flourishing in our community. Its goal is to bring together local artists, businesses and organizations for a special event showcasing the art of Champaign County.

More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique countywide celebration that takes place in a wide variety of venues (over 90!) -- both traditional (theaters, cafes, galleries & museums) and non-traditional (salons & retail stores) -- and features the work of literally hundreds of artists. Sculptors, weavers, painters, photographers and other visual artists join musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds in sharing their creativity throughout Champaign, Urbana, U of I Campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

The festival stimulates cultural, economic, social and educational growth by providing an opportunity for people of every age, background and interest to participate.

*provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors
*demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses
*illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business
*demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces
*promote the cultural vibrancy of our community -- a great place to live and visit * bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts
*provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community
*celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County

Kelly White
Executive Director