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News release: A Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Grand Canyon National Park September 14, 2013 – January 20, 2014

April 17, 2013

The Grand Canyon Association and Arizona Public Service are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park.  This event features twenty-six artists from around the country who have created a studio piece for the exhibition and will paint plein air during the week before the exhibit opens.

 Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape.  Artists will be at the North and South Rims and, for the again this year at Phantom Ranch and Indian Garden September 14-20.

 Long before there was color photography, artists like Thomas Moran and Gunnar Widforss contributed to capturing the beauty and mystery of Grand Canyon through art.  It was their paintings that helped communicate to the world the need for preservation of such a special place.  In 2009, the Grand Canyon Association rejuvenated this idea and brought artists to the South Rim for a week of painting and appreciation of art in the canyon.  Today, Celebration of Art exposes tens of thousands of people to live artist renderings at Grand Canyon.  It has become the model for outdoor art events in National Parks.

 Event Schedule

Plein Air at Grand Canyon
September 14 – 20, 2013
North and South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

 Quick Draw and Auction
Friday, September 20, 2013
9:00 am – noon

Buyer’s Preview and Reception
Friday, September 20, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Kolb Studio

 Grand Opening Reception and Sale

Saturday , September 21, 2013
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kolb Studio

Exhibit and Sale
September 21, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Kolb Studio   

Exhibition & Sale at Kolb Studio from September 21, 2013 – January 20, 2013

Please visit our website for information and updates at

 Proceeds from this event will support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.


2012 Grand Canyon Artists

Joshua Been

Elizabeth Black

Bill Cramer

John Cogan

M.L. Coleman

Robert Delegowski

Cody DeLong

Jake Gaedtke

Linda Glover Gooch

George Handrahan

David Haskell

Gregory Hull

Sam Jones

James McGrew

Larry Moore

Tim J. Morse

P.A. Nisbet

Glenn Renell

Dave Santillanes

Aaron Schuerr

Julia Sellos

Brian Stewart

Serena Supplee

Williamson Tapia

Rick Wheeler

Jim Wodark




This event is made possible by the generous support from our sponsors.



Arizona Public Service



Xanterra South Rim, LLC

Sally and Craig Clayton




 BEST WESTERN PREMIER Grand Canyon Squire Inn

DNC Parks & Resorts at Grand Canyon


Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf-Astoria resort

Loven Contracting, Inc.

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





Kolb Studio is located along the Rim Trail in Grand Canyon Village, 200 yards west of Bright Angel Lodge. For more information about Grand Canyon Association and its programs, go to



Founded in 1932, the Grand Canyon Association (GCA) is the National Park Service’s official nonprofit partner raising private funds to benefit Grand Canyon National Park, operating retail shops and visitor centers within the park, and providing premier educational opportunities about the natural and cultural history of the region.  GCA works to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park by cultivating support, education and understanding of the park.