News from Grand Canyon

Jul 7, 2020

12th Annual Event to Take Place On-Site and Online

Grand Canyon, Ariz.—Grand Canyon Conservancy is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park. This year’s event has been modified due to the COVID-19 crisis, and will take place mostly online, with some on-site events with social distancing protocols in place.

Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon 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 arts programming and an art venue at the South Rim. 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 extends for four months. This year, many of the 23 participating artists will paint along the South Rim from September 12th to September 18th. Visitors to Grand Canyon will be able to view the artists as they paint, safely from a distance.

On Sunday, September 13th, the artists will take part in a “Paint Out” at Mather Point, where visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists interpret the ever-shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. This event is open to the public, and the completed paintings will be available for purchase on-site. Another “Paint Out” will take place on Friday, September 18th along the South Rim from Verkamp’s Visitor Center to Thunderbird Lodge, where once again, the artworks will be available for purchase on-site.

For the first time since the event’s inception, several new additions will make the featured art accessible to the public remotely. A special online silent auction will take place September 4th to September 20th, featuring pieces chosen by the artists. Silent auction winners will be announced Sunday, September 20th.

The studio pieces created by each artist will be available to purchase remotely through an Intent to Purchase ballot process. These stunning works of art will be featured in the print and digital event catalogue. Prospective buyers will fill out an “intent to purchase” form online for each piece. The winners will be drawn and announced on Sunday, September 20th.

All works will be on display at Kolb Studio and collectors may schedule private viewing appointments Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th.

The exhibition and sale will go live online the week of September 21st and will continue through January 18th, 2021. If Kolb Studio is open to the public at that time, the exhibition will be on view onsite as well.

Please visit for event updates and links to all online activities. To be included on the email list for specific event communications, please submit a request by email to


Event Schedule:*

Plein Air at Grand Canyon
September 12–18, 2020
Various locations along the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park 

Artist Paint Out
September 13, 2020
Mather Point, Grand Canyon National Park 

Artist Paint Out
September 18, 2020
Verkamp’s Visitor Center, Grand Canyon National Park

VIP Collector Appointments
September 18–20, 2020
Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon National Park

Exhibition & Sale
September 21, 2020–January 18, 2021
Kolb Studio and online at

*Unless otherwise noted, events are free with park admission and open to the public.

Please visit our website for information and updates at:


Presenting Sponsor

Arizona Public Service


Kaibab Sponsors

Jeanne & Nigel Finney


Coconino Sponsors

Picerne Fine Art Collection, Courtesy of Doreen, David, & Danielle Picerne

Amy & Mark Schiavoni

Tyson Winarski


Vishnu Sponsors

Anonymous in honor of Arline Tinus

Loven Contracting

Janet & Ed Sands


Media Sponsors

American Art Collector, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine, Sedona Monthly, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector


2020 Participating Artists

Joshua Been 

Elizabeth Black

Amery Bohling

John Cogan  

Michelle Condrat 

Bill Cramer

Cody DeLong

Kadin Goldberg

Robert Goldman

Bruce Gomez

Linda Glover Gooch

Susie Hyer

Peggy Immel

Bonnie McGee

Mick McGinty

James McGrew

Betsy Menand

Marcia Molnar

Jose Nunez

Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Matt Sterbenz

Dawn Sutherland

Paula Swain


Artists not participating in Plein Air/Quick Draw but submitting studio paintings for the exhibition and sale: Serena Supplee and Shonto Begay.



About Grand Canyon Conservancy

Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds, operating retail shops within the park, and providing premier guided educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region. Our supporters fund projects including trails and historic building preservation, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat. Grand Canyon Conservancy inspires people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations. For more information, visit

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