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A Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park

Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST

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.

Between 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.

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Presenting Sponsor

Arizona Public Service

Coconino Sponsors

Teresa Kline

Janet and Ed Sands

Vishnu Sponsors

Anonymous in honor of Arline Tinus

Loven Contracting

The Picerne Fine Art Collection, courtesy of Doreen, David, and Danielle

Tyson Winarski

Media Sponsors
Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine, Sedona Monthly, Southwest Art,True West Magazine, and Western Art Collector.

2018 Participating Artists
Suzie Baker
Joshua Been
Elizabeth Black
Amery Bohling
Lyn Boyer
John Cogan
Michelle Condrat
Bill Cramer
Robert Dalegowski*
Cody DeLong
Robert Goldman
Bruce Gomez
Linda Glover Gooch
Hai-Ou Hou
Michael Chesley Johnson
Calvin Liang
John Lintott
Mick McGinty
James McGrew
Marcia Molnar
Clyde “Ross” Morgan (sculptor)
Rachel Pettit
Dawn Sutherland
Michael Trcic (sculptor)
Jim Wodark
*Select words featured by the late Robert Dalegowski

About Grand Canyon Association
Grand Canyon Association 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 Association inspires people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations. For more information, visit


Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am MST
Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST
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