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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. At this year's event, we welcomed back all of our 2020 artists.
Since 2009, CoA has invited participating artists to paint “en plein air” (outside on location) for a week at the canyon. The works produced from this year's event are available for view and purchase online and at historic Kolb Studio for a four-month sale and exhibition lasting through January 17, 2022. For a private appointment to view the gallery at Kolb Studio, contact Kathy Duley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 277-0458.
Save the date! Next year's Celebration of Art will be from September 10, 2022, through January 16, 2023. The opening weekend will take place at the South Rim between September 16 -18, 2022.
Unless otherwise noted, events are free with park admission and open to the public with CDC guidelines in place.
View this year's studio paintings in the Celebration of Art online catalogue.
Studio paintings will be available for purchase through an online intent to purchase form. By submitting the form, there is no guarantee that you will be selected to purchase the painting. All submissions will be entered into a random drawing for each painting. Celebration of Art sponsors will be drawn first and given the first right of refusal to purchase a piece. All winners will be contacted Sunday morning, September 19, to confirm the purchase.
Bid in our online auction between Friday, September 3, and Saturday, September 18, 2021. The auction will close promptly on Saturday, September 18, at 6:00 p.m. Arizona Time.
Winners will be determined at the close of the auction.
Artists will be at the South Rim painting "en plain air," where park visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing landforms, and extraordinary colors of this vast landscape. Most artists prefer to paint mornings and evenings when the canyon is most vibrant.
Please practice physical distancing while observing the artists and respect their space.
Preview the Celebration of Art exhibition early by private appointment only. Attendees can purchase art during this time and submit an Intent to Purchase form for studio pieces. To reserve a time, please click here.
The cost is $50 for each 30-minute viewing appointment. Please note, there is a maximum of six members per group, per appointment, to provide an intimate viewing of the exhibition.
Artists can be found painting between Verkamp's Visitor Center and Thunderbird Lodge in the village for a group Paint Out. This is a great time for visitors to ask questions and engage with artists while they are creating their beautiful plein air paintings. We will be sharing a live feed of this event on Facebook and YouTube for those who cannot join in person.
All completed paintings will be available for purchase on-site until 6 p.m.
All available artwork is available for sale online at shop.grandcanyon.org with proceeds going towards a fund to establish a dedicated art venue at the South Rim.
Kolb Studio is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For a private appointment at Kolb Studio to view the artwork, contact Kathy Duley at email@example.com or (480) 277-0458.
Explore studio pieces from this year's participating artists in the digital 13th Annual Celebration of Art catalogue.
Jeanne & Nigel Finney
Picerne Fine Art Collection, Courtesy of Doreen, David, & Danielle Picerne
Amy & Mark Schiavoni
Anonymous in honor of Arline Tinus