About the Park City Kimball Arts Festival
Hosted by the nonprofit Kimball Art Center, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is a three-day, award-winning visual arts festival located in the heart of the world-famous resort community of Park City, UT. Every year, roughly 220 professional artists are selected by a blind jury to showcase their work, and more than 50,000 art enthusiasts from around the world converge on Park City’s Historic Main Street to purchase it. In 2019, reported artist sales totaled $1.2 million!
The Park City Kimball Arts Festival consistently ranks among the top festivals in the country for artist sales and attendee experience. Offering 13 visual arts media, this annual three-day event also features live music, gourmet food and drink, and a host of creative and collaborative activities.
Proceeds from this three-day event support the nonprofit Kimball Art Center (“KAC”), Park City’s community art center since 1976.
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. Monies raised from the event help support:
- Art education and curriculum in public schools, including cross-curriculum lesson plans integrating art into core subjects, and after-school art programs in area elementary schools.
- 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.
How to Apply
Artist applications are open now and close on March 1, 2021. All applications must be submitted via Zapplication.org. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!
- November 1, 2020
Artist Applications open via Zapplication
- January 2021
Festival contingency plans released; details on how the festival will be modified due to COVID and our plans in the event it needs to be cancelled
- March 1, 2021, 11:59 pm MDT
Artist Applications Close
- April 1, 2021
Status Notification by Email
- May 1, 2021
All booth payments are due by Accepted Artists
- August 6-8, 2021
The 2021 festival!
What is the general timeline for the application process?
Artist application opens - November 1st, 2022
Application closes - February 8th, 2023
Jury in progress - March 1st - March 15th, 2023
Notification date - April 1st, 2023
Registration Materials due - April 30th, 2023
2023 Festival Dates - August 4th - 6th
I AM AN ARTIST, HOW DO I APPLY TO THE PARK CITY KIMBALL ARTS FESTIVAL?
Applications are open, link: https://www.zapplication.org/
Do I need to bring my own tent?
Artists must provide their own tent. Should you need to rent a tent or weights, the Kimball Art Center can help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or our Front Desk at 435.649.8882 x101 for more information.
What color tent can I have?
Any color of tent is acceptable. The sun is very strong, so most artists prefer white or light colored tents. All tents must be fire rated.
Can I get electricity and/or water hook up at the booth?
No. The Kimball Arts Festival does not provide electricity or water hookups for artists.
Do I need to set-up and tear down my booth every day?
No. Booths may remain in place for the duration of the festival. It is up to the individual artists whether to remove all or some of the booth contents overnight. The Kimball Art Center and Kimball Arts Festival are not responsible for damage to property at any time.
Do I have to be open and in my booth for the entire Festival?
Yes. Booths must have the exhibiting artist present in the booth throughout the entire festival. Short breaks are permitted.
Do you have booth sitters?
Yes. Volunteer booth sitters can watch your booth for up to 15 minutes during public festival hours.
What to Expect in Park City
Where do I find lodging?
FAQ: Accepted artists are given a list of lodging discounts from a variety of our lodging partners in and around the city in the Invited Artist Packet. Room availability is not guaranteed, book early. RV use is not permitted in city limits. For a list of nearby RV parks, please call our Front Desk at 435.649.8882.
What kind of weather should I expect?
Park City is at nearly 7,000 ft elevation. The sun is strong, the air is dry and afternoon thunder and rainstorms can occur accompanied by strong winds. We recommend sunscreen and dressing in layers for your comfort.
What happens if it rains?
The Park City Kimball Arts Festival occurs rain or shine. The festival will continue as planned.
Can I bring my pet(s)?
For the comfort and safety of your pet, please do not bring pets to the festival.
Do you have overnight security?
Yes. Security services do roam the festival overnight, however there is no guarantee that your booth and its contents will be secure. Please insure your items and take appropriate cautions.
How many vehicles can I use to bring my art to the Festival?
Only one vehicle is allowed entry to Main Street for unloading and loading. Trailers are permitted. Only one parking pass is issued per accepted artist. Artist assistants or additional vehicles are responsible for finding their own parking in one of the Public Festival Lots.
I have a question about the festival that is not answered here. Who do I contact for help?
For other questions, please email email@example.com.
During these challenging times, we could all use a shoulder to lean on. Below is a list of COVID-19 resources specifically for artists. There are both national and Utah based options. These include links to articles and grant opportunities. We hope these help those in need of relief.
Emergency grants, freelance resources, legal aid, and more.
FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund 2.0
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCE AND RESPONSE CENTER
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and action items
Coronavirus Resources for Artists, Creative Workers & Organizations