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Celebration of Art (CoA) is a wonderful tradition at Grand Canyon National Park, providing a vibrant experience for visitors, a venue for artists inspired by the canyon, and a successful fundraiser to benefit a dedicated art venue at the park.
Founded in 2009, CoA invites participating artists to paint "en plein air" (outside on location) for a week at the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Artists are tasked with capturing the ever-changing colors and light as the sun moves across the intricate layers of the canyon.
The 15th Annual Celebration of Art was a grand success! This year featured 24 plein air artists who spent a week painting at Grand Canyon. Check out our Flickr album to view all the amazing moments.
Want to participate in the 16th Annual Celebration of Art? Applications are open now through January 15, 2024. The event is open to all artists 18 years and older with plein air experience and experience painting the Grand Canyon from the rim. Notification of acceptance will be emailed to each applicant no later than February 9, 2024.
For questions regarding the event, contact Kathy Duley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 277-0458.
Unless otherwise noted, events are free with park admission and open to the public.
Plein Air at Grand Canyon
Saturday, September 9–Saturday, September 16, 2023
Most artists prefer to paint in the morning and evening when the canyon is most vibrant.
Various locations along the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
Artist Paint Out
Friday, September 15, 2023
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Between Verkamp’s Visitor Center and Thunderbird Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Between Mather Point and Trailview Overlook
Grand Opening of the Celebration of Art Exhibit
Sunday, September 17
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Online and at Kolb Studio
Exhibit at Kolb Studio will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All available artwork will be available for sale online at shop.grandcanyon.org, with proceeds going towards a fund to establish a dedicated art venue at the South Rim.
Matt Sterbenz, Chandler, AZ
Lyn Boyer (in memoriam)
Explore studio pieces from the 15th Annual Celebration of Art catalog.
Jeanne and Nigel Finney
Elizabeth and Stephen Watson
Picerne Fine Art Collection Courtesy of Doreen, David and Danielle Picerne
Amy and Mark Schiavoni
Teresa Gavigan and Larry Besnoff
Andrew and Pamela Kerr