11th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

September 7, 2019 through January 20, 2020

View this year's online gallery, event photos, and catalog.

About the Event

Celebration of Art 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 South Rim. With help from our generous sponsors and collectors, we have raised more than $1 million thus far.

Art plays a critical role in the appreciation of our national parks, and this event helps to keep the artistic tradition part of the Grand Canyon experience. Since its inception in 2009, Celebration of Art has invited participating artists to paint “en plein air” (outside on location) for a week at Grand Canyon. The works produced during this time are shown alongside studio-produced pieces at the historic Kolb Studio in an Exhibition and Sale that takes place over four months.

This year, in honor of Grand Canyon National Park's CentennialCelebration of Art will feature special guest artists including Ed Mell and Erin Hanson, and several new plein air artists to capture the beauty of the canyon.

Save the date! The 12th Annual Celebration of Art will take place September 12, 2020 - January 18, 2021, at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.  

Dawn Sutherland paints Grand Canyon in a sea of yellow flowers
Michelle Condradt paints with Grand Canyon in the backdrop
Visitors crowd underneath a tent to view artist demonstration paintings before the auction.
Easel stands before the canyon reading to color another canvas

Call for Artists - NOW OPEN

Would you like to be one of our Celebration of Art artists in 2020? Registration is now live. 

Questions regarding submission, contact Kathy Duley at kduley@grandcanyon.org


2019 participating artists


Where: All over the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Artists Paint Grand Canyon

This event features artists from around the country who will engage in plein air demonstrations and an exhibition. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing landforms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape.

Sunday, September 8: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Mather Point Amphitheater

Monday, September 9: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Desert View Watchtower

Tuesday, September 10: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Mather Point Amphitheater

Wednesday, September 1110:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Desert View Watchtower

Thursday, September 12: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at El Tovar (near the flagpole)

Meet plain air artists and mingle with fellow event attendees on the North Porch of El Tovar, Friday, September 13 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

All artists paint along the rim between Verkamp's and Trailview Overlook

Artists will have two hours to complete a painting of Grand Canyon. Viewers will be able to watch as blank canvases rapidly transform into stunning scenes.

Bright Angel Trailhead

Go home with a work of art! Immediately following the Quick Draw, the paintings that have been created will be auctioned off to the public. Proceeds will go towards establishing a dedicated art venue at the South Rim. 

Kolb Studio

Join us for the grand opening of the Celebration of Art exhibition. Each of the participating artists has painted a studio painting for Celebration of Art. These paintings will be exhibited along with the plein air work they paint during the event, and all works will be for sale. Proceeds will go towards a fund to establish a dedicated art venue at the South Rim.

Kolb Studio

Studio paintings from each of the artists will be exhibited alongside plein air work they painted during the event. All work is available for sale with proceeds going towards a fund to establish a dedicated art venue at the South Rim. 

To purchase artwork from the exhibition or schedule a group tour at Kolb Studio, contact Kathy Duley at kduley@grandcanyon.org or (480) 277-0458

Presenting Sponsor

Be a Celebration of Art Sponsor 

Contact Anne Dowling at adowling@grandcanyon.org or (928) 863-3883 for 2020 sponsorship details.  


Media Sponsors

Thank you to our supportive partners. 

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