10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

A Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park
September 8, 2018 – January 21, 2019


Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon Association is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park.


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 a dedicated 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.


Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint along the South Rim as they interpret the ever-shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. In addition, there will be free artist demonstrations scheduled at various locations at the canyon during the week.


Over the past ten years, Grand Canyon Association has welcomed 85 amazing artists to participate in this creative event, each one capturing the beauty of the canyon and expressing its immensity in a way unique to them. This past year the Celebration of Art family said goodbye to two of its participating artists, Robert Dalegowski and Mark Christopher Weber. Robert Dalegowski had been a Celebration of Art artist since 2011, and Mark Weber participated in the event in 2009, 2011, 2016, and 2017. Both of their connections to Grand Canyon will live on in their artwork, inspiring art in future artists to come.


The Celebration of Art exhibit and sale opens at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018 and will be open daily through January 21, 2019 at the historic Kolb Studio at the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Admission is free and open to the public (excluding park admission fees).


Event Schedule:*

Plein Air at Grand Canyon
September 8 – 14, 2018
Various locations, Grand Canyon National Park

Welcome Gathering
Friday, September 14, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Quick Draw
Saturday, September 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Verkamp’s and Kolb Studio

Quick Draw Live Auction
Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bright Angel Trailhead

Collectors’ Preview & Sale (Invitation Only)
Saturday, September 15, 2018
5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Kolb Studio

Grand Opening Reception & Sale
Sunday, September 16, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kolb Studio

Exhibition & Sale
September 16, 2018 – January 21, 2019
Kolb Studio
*Unless otherwise noted, events are free with park admission and open to the public.
Please visit our website for information and updates at: https://www.grandcanyon.org/coa

Start Date

September 16, 2018

End Date

January 21, 2019


09:00 AM - 01:00 AM


Grand Canyon Association 4 Tonto St, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

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