Visual Arts


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 two highly competitive, juried shows that bring exceptional exhibitors from coast to coast together. The Fine Art Show and Four Rivers Craft Show are highly revered among artists, garnering multiple awards of recognition now for 41 years. With a local culture that values and appreciates art of all kinds the shows continue to draw patrons purchasing more than half-a-million dollars annually in original, hand-made work.

In addition to these outstanding juried shows, 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. The exciting event offers an opportunity to connect with the arts in unique and personal ways that you can get from experiencing it.

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Fri - Sat - Sun, June 14-16, 2019
Show Hours: 10-7 Fri, 10-7 Sat, 10-4 Sun
VIEW Fine Art Exhibitors (PDF)

We are devoted to creating the most supportive and effective sales atmosphere possible while providing a top notch experience for Patrons. Listening to the Artist and Patron feedback over the past few years we have decided to make a few changes in the Fine Art Show. Moving forward the show will now be open three days instead of two. This will allow for a greater number of people to experience and purchase work from the show. We also responded to requests from artist to shorten the day a bit. Therefore all shows will close an hour earlier than in the past to allow artists a bit more down time at the end of each day. It is our sincere hope that these changes help enhance and support the show as we move on past our 40th year and into the future.

Smoky Hill River Festival Fine Art Show presents artists from all over the nation. This highly competitive, juried show presents original gallery-quality fine art and fine craft.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.

On average patrons purchase over $130,000 each year in Fine Art Show alone. 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. $9,500 in Jurors' Merit and Purchase Awards are presented annually. Media represented include ceramics, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, painting, drawing/pastels, glass, metal, wood, graphics/printmaking, digital, paper, sculpture, and photography.

Fri - Sat - Sun, June 14-16, 2019
Show Hours: 10-7 Fri-Sat, 10-4 Sun
VIEW Four Rivers Exhibitors (PDF link)

The Smoky Hill River Festival Four Rivers Craft Show presents craft artists exhibiting a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary craft and folk art. This highly competitive venue brings artists from across the nation to its traditions of quality, creativity, and stellar craftsmanship. Jurors present five cash Merit Awards totaling $1,800. Unique to this Festival, the Four Rivers Craft Show provides within a bustling marketplace a wonderful opportunity to purchase handmade works in a wide variety of media: ceramics, folk art, leather, paper, clothing, glass, metal, herbal/soaps, basketry, wood, mixed media, jewelry, fiber and more.

Fri - Sat - Sun, June 14-16, 2019
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.


The 25th year of the Art Patron Program will see us build on the tradition of some new and exciting opportunities. Since the inception of the program, over 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 2018 Art Patron (PDF).

Click here to purchase a Gold Patron Ticket

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2018 Festival Print
"Smoky Hill Sun Song"
2018 Festival Print
by Angie Pickman

Donors contributing $100 or more to the River Festival receive an original fine art print. The 2018 Print, created by cut paper artist Angie Pickman of Lawrence, KS, is entitled "Smoky Hill Sun Song." It is a limited-edition giclée print of a cut paper college comprised of black silhouette paper, color-glazed Kansas maps and tissue paper on a basswood panel, inspired by the visual landscape of the Smoky Hill River valley. According to Pickman, "The movement of the birds conveys an energy symbolic of the Festival's vitality, while the bright sun and flowers represent the fun spirit of the River Festival. I hope it reminds viewers of something significant that goes on within the rolling hills of Kansas, to be enjoyed and remembered from year to year."

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


T-Shirt Art
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The 2018 Festival t-shirt features a fluid, very Kansas design, done by cut-paper artist Angie Pickman. She sees the River Festival as a celebration of art, music, and the Midwest. Pickman says that use of icons such as a guitar, artist palette, horn, sunflowers and wheat stems convey a sense of "summer celebration" in a fluid design that symbolizes the flow of the Smoky Hill River alongside fields and grasses that sway in the breeze that rolls through Kansas hills and plains. Shirts are available in a wide range of youth and adult sizes, in women's and regular cut. T-shirts and tanks are available in heather orange for adults and heather purple in youth sizes. T-shirts can be purchased in advance at the SA&H offices, online beginning Tuesday, May 1st or onsite during the Festival at the Festival Information Booths north of Eric Stein Stage and near Kenwood Bridge.

Stop by the festival Information Booths, north of Eric Stein Stage and near Kenwood Bridge, to pick up a Festival shirt or tank.

Click here for more information about obtaining a Festival T-Shirt.


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.



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