Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival

Italian Street Painting has been a tradition in Europe since the 16th Century and a tradition in State College since 1999. In Renaissance Europe, underemployed artists would draw on the streets as a form of advertising their skill.  In America today artists make street masterpieces for the joy of creating and for the entertainment of appreciative crowds.

The Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, which is located in the 100 block of Hiester Street, will once again feature street painters of national and regional significance, in addition to a Young Artists Alley. Painters use special pastels that give their work a rich and luminous quality. Street painters will be on-site from Thursday, July 14 to Saturday, July 16 between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 17, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, weather permitting.

At least 30 smaller works measuring 6’ by 4’ will be drawn by a variety of local visual artists, State College Area High School art students and Penn State art majors.  To apply to be one of our street painters please email Holly Foy at or call (814) 237-3682.

Finally, our Young Artists Alley provides artists of any age and ability with the opportunity to add to the festival! For a $5 fee, you get a beautiful box of pastels, a 14″x 14″ square to draw on and the opportunity to create a masterpiece!

Downtown State College Improvement District

Downtown State College is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the Festival’s Italian Street Painting Festival again in 2016.