Visual Arts


PREVIOUS YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS

Continuing to build on its tradition of excellence, this authentic community arts celebration takes pride in presenting one of the nation's most outstanding visual arts venues. The Smoky Hill River Festival includes a highly competitive, juried show that brings exceptional exhibitors from coast to coast together. The Fine Art and Craft Show is highly revered among artists, garnering multiple awards of recognition now more than 40 years. With a local culture that values and appreciates art of all kinds the show continues to draw patrons purchasing more than half-a-million dollars annually in original, hand-made work.

In addition to this outstanding juried show, the Festival features eight selected artisans in the Art/Craft Demonstration Area and nearly twenty Art Installations nestled throughout the park. Visual art is an important part of the Festival as is the participation and engagement of Festival goers in the creative process.




SHOW APPLICATIONS
Show Applications

Online Applications for both shows available at Zapplication.org


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FINE ART AND CRAFT SHOW
Fri - Sat - Sun, June 12-14, 2020
Show Hours: 10-7 Fri, 10-7 Sat, 10-4 Sun
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SHOW INFORMATION / PROSPECTUS (PDF)

Smoky Hill River Festival Fine Art and Craft Show presents artists from all over the nation. This highly competitive, juried show presents original gallery-quality fine art and contemporary and traditional craft and folk art. The show has garnered numerous national awards of recognition. Both artists and patrons can expect a show of the highest quality across every category of artwork presented. Steeped in the tradition of a "true arts celebration," the show provides an exciting opportunity to sell and purchase through a very direct, rewarding and personal experience.

Private and Business Patrons from all over the region enthusiastically anticipate this once-a-year opportunity to select and purchase beautiful, original work for their homes, offices or for gift giving. Over $11,000 in Jurors' Merit awards are given including $2,000 of art purchased for the Salina Community Collection. Media represented include ceramics, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, painting, drawing/pastels, glass, metal, wood, graphics/printmaking, digital, paper, sculpture, and photography.


ART/CRAFT DEMONSTRATION AREA
Fri - Sat - Sun, June 12-14, 2020
Show Hours: 10-7 Fri-Sat, 10-4 Sun
VIEW Demonstration Area Artists (PDF)
VIEW Art/Craft Demonstration Area Schedule

Artisans share their handmade processes during scheduled 45-minute demonstrations Friday through Sunday. Each presentation takes the viewer from conceptual beginning to the beautifully finished piece. Artists may include historic context, design inspiration, or share the skillfully developed craftsmanship used to create their individual techniques and unique styles.


ART PATRON PROGRAM

Since the inception of the program 26 years ago, more than one million dollars of original fine art has been purchased making this program a vital part of Festival weekend. Your financial support helps entice high caliber artists to apply to our show. Click here for details on this exciting program.

Click here to register to become a 2020 Art Patron (PDF).


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Video on Purchasing Original Art



2020 FESTIVAL PRINT

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Click here for more information about obtaining the original Festival Print.


2020 FESTIVAL T-SHIRT

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ART INSTALLATIONS

Unique to the Smoky Hill River Festival are large-scale art installations located throughout the park. Installations provide a great parallel to the development of public art within the community. These projects provide participating artists an opportunity to work on a large scale and to create works that exist in outdoor environments. Site-specific works are commissioned and installed annually, to the delight and discovery of thousands of Festival attendees. Whether decorative or kinetic, interactive or conceptual, the creativity and quality of these diverse works speak to the event and its decades-long, strong arts traditions.

VIEW ART INSTALLATIONS (PDF)

ART INSTALLATION CALL TO EXHIBIT (PDF)

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