ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Park City Kimball Arts Festival is one of the top ranked art festivals in the country and one of Kimball Art Center’s most celebrated programs. Each year, the arts festival showcases the work of jury-selected artists and welcomes guests from around the country. Now in its 53rd year, this three-day, open-air celebration of the arts is considered one of Park City’s signature events.
Park City’s Historic Main Street
The Kimball Arts Festival welcomes juror-selected artists from around the world with twelve different art mediums represented. In addition to viewing and purchasing art, festival attendees are encouraged to explore the many art experiences taking place during the weekend, which include live music, artist demonstrations led by Kimball Art Center education staff, kids’ art classes and education programs, and craft beer and artisan cuisine.
Proceeds from the festival support Kimball Art Center’s year-round exhibitions, education, and creative community events.
Monies raised from the event help support:
- Access to thought-provoking exhibitions.
- Scholarships for low-income children to participate in art classes and camps.
- Hands-on instruction for teenagers dedicated to the study and practice of the visual arts.
“Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being.”
—David Binder, attendee
PARK CITY KIMBALL ARTS FESTIVAL + KIMBALL ART CENTER
ABOUT KIMBALL ART CENTER
Kimball Art Center is dedicated to providing arts access, education, engagement and experience to everyone. Through our exhibitions, educational arts programs, and events, KAC provides a platform and a place for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together to explore, celebrate, develop and cherish the creative spark that lives within us all. We believe that art brings meaning, joy, direction, community enhancement and inspiration to the 85,000+ community members we serve each year. We know that art changes lives and brings people together, sustaining our vibrant community and inspiring positive change in the world around us.
We believe art should be accessible to all and that it plays a critical role in the overall success of the Park City community. Founded in 1976, the Kimball Art Center is committed to showcasing the work of local and world-renowned artists in our galleries and exhibition spaces; to providing art education in Utah schools; and to hosting a range of community programs and events throughout the year. Kimball Art Center’s mission is to inspire and connect through art.
Kimball Arts Festival History
A group of local Park City artists came together in 1969 to launch an open-air arts festival on historic Main Street. Their aim was to imbue Park City – already a bustling ski resort during the winter – with cultural offerings in the summer months. Inspired by the artists’ creative energy, local philanthropist Bill Kimball decided to expand upon their efforts by creating Kimball Art Center, a permanent home for the visual arts in Park City.
Under guidance and management of Kimball Art Center and a longstanding partnership with Park City Municipal Corporation, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival – true to the spirit of its founders in the summer of 1969 – has established itself as one of Utah’s leading cultural events, attracting thousands visitors annually, and garnering national attention for the artists whose works are displayed.