Each September, you’re invited to join 150 of Kansas City area’s top artists who’ll line the streets of Westport — the perfect backdrop for this lively three-day event — showcasing original art, one-of-a-kind jewelry, fine crafts and more. Art Westport will celebrate it’s 39th year in 2018 and is Kansas City’s only outdoor art show and festival exclusively for LOCAL artists. Apply here to exhibit through May 31, 2018!
Art Westport is not just an arts festival, but a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Make plans now to be a part of this homegrown tradition:
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 — 1 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 — 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 — 11 am to 5 pm
Best in Show: Rob Wiedmaier – Ceramics
1st Place: Whitney Manney – Fiber
2nd Place: Nichole Collins – Jewelry
2017 Participating Artists
The 2017 jurors this year were all distinguished members of the art community in Kansas City. It is their duty to ensure the continuing quality of Art Westport.
Lisbeth Blair Lurey
Beth Lurey moved to Kansas City in 1974 from Des Moines, Iowa after completing her BFA in Art History at Drake University. While at Drake she worked at the Des Moines Art Center. Beth joined the staff at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Education Department and began working on her MFA at UMKC. Her 30+ years at the Nelson included running the Docent Program, assistant to Chief Conservator Forrest Bailey and assistant curator to George McKenna, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. She held this position for 10 years until Mr. McKenna’s passing when she became interim curator of the department from which she retired in December of 2016.
Beth is deeply rooted in the Kansas City Art Scene. Her work with Not for Profits on a project basis include Mid-America Arts Alliance, UMKC Gallery of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work in the commercial art world includes two years at the Morgan Gallery, curator of corporate collections for Mark Twain Banks, Faultless Starch Bon Ami and BMA to name a few. In the late 1990’s she took on creating the art collection for the Stowers Institute of Medical Research where she remains to this day as Curator of the Collection.
Dr. Brett Knappe was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. He obtained a B.A. in history from Boston University and a B.A. in art history from the University of Washington before he arrived at the University of Kansas in 1998. He received both his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from KU. In 2007, he was hired by Baker University. In the years that followed he was promoted to associate professor of art history and received tenure. He also served as curator of the Baker University Art Collection. In February 2016, he became the executive director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Johanna Perry is a researcher and a fine art appraisal assistant for Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals and their sister company Rachael Cozad Fine Art in Kansas City, Missouri, where she has worked since 2012. She came to Madison Group/Rachael Cozad Fine Art as a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where her focus was modern and contemporary art, studying primarily 20th century European and Asian propaganda posters and socialist realism. She graduated from UMKC in 2013 with her M.A. in art history where she was awarded a two-year graduate teaching assistantship. She received her B.A. in 2006 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, where she majored in Art History and Criticism and minored in German.
Marcus Cain is an artist, independent curator, writer and director of alumni relations & development at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI). Former positions include executive director & curator of the Epsten Gallery (formerly the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art), owner/director of Hutch Mercantile and Satellite Exhibitions, editor-in-chief of Review: Visual Art Culture magazine, lecturer in painting and drawing in the painting department of KCAI, coordinator of the Corporate Partnership Exhibition Program at KCAI, and assistant gallery director for Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. As an artist, Cain is the recipient of a 2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award, he exhibits both locally and nationally.
Sherry Leedy established Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in 1985. As the first and longest running contemporary art gallery in the Crossroads Arts District, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art was instrumental in the creation and revitalization of the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City. The Kansas City Historical Society acknowledged Leedy in 2001 as a recipient of their Preservation Award and Leedy received the Urban Hero Award from the Downtown Council of Kansas City in 2007.
Sherry Leedy holds a M.F.A. degree from the University of Kansas and a B.F.A. from KCAI. She continues her commitment to her own art at her studio in Kansas City. Leedy’s work is in the permanent collections of museums and galleries both locally and nationally.
Artist Signup & Booth Application
Like Westport itself, Art Westport has a unique vibe all its own. We’re proud to feature 100 percent local artists, specifically from the Kansas City metro area. (Artists wishing to apply must live within an 80-mile radius of the downtown Kansas City, Mo., post office.)
Don’t have experience exhibiting or selling artwork in commercial/community art shows? Apply to Art Westport’s Emerging Artist Program! Upon acceptance, emerging artists receive mentoring resources and a 50 percent discount on a quad space.
Application for the 2018 show will open on January 15, 2018 and closes on May 31, 2018. Click here to apply.
Local Non-Profits Booth Application
Local non-profits in the Kansas City arts community or Westport neighborhood – join us during Art Westport this year!
Art Westport wouldn’t be the success it is without the help of so many extraordinary volunteers. To become an Art Westport volunteer, please complete the form below and we’ll contact you later this summer to confirm your spot.