38th Annual Art Westport

This 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. Now in its 38th year, Art Westport is Kansas City’s only outdoor art show and festival exclusively for LOCAL artists.

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. 8, 2017 — 1 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 — 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 — 11 am to 5 pm

Sponsors

To find out how you can support Art Westport, email info@wrbl.org for sponsorship information.

2017 Participating Artists

Check this space in June to see which KC artists have been selected for Art Westport 2017!

2016 Participating Artists

Best in Show

Cecilia Labora
Jewelry

1st Place

Rob Wiedmaier
Ceramics

2nd Place

Pamela Covington
Painting

Ceramics

Nancy Bovee
Tierney Cacioppo
Joshua Heimsoth
Meredith Host
Danny Meisinger
Lee Slusher
Natalie Thomas
Mark Thorson
Alex Watson
Rob Wiedmaier
Patricia Young

Digital

Drawing

Douglas Bennett
Jerry Brown
Douglas Fulks
Mark Hennick
Raegan Koepsel
Miguel Sosa
Randal Spangler
Brad Ultican

Emerging Artist

Ingerlene Frick
Xavier Gayden

Fiber

Glass

Jewelry

Mixed Media

Kevin Erhard
Theodore Freeman
Rita & Steve Lohr
Mary Lou McLagan
Jenny Meyer-McCall
John Miles
Angie Pickman
M. Robinson
Todd Rudolph
Desiree Warren
Lindsey Yankey

Painting

Andrew Batcheller
John Carroll
David Cooper
Ashley Corbello
Pamela Covington
Dick Daniels
Denny Dowdy
Karen Dreyer
Chase Fenton
Annie Glotzbach
Klaus Kuntscher
Vanessa Lacy
Fred Lamanno
Megan Leong
Brent O’Connor
Danton Rezos
Jim Ryon
Steven Turley
Jen Unekis
Chun Wang
Rick Wright

Photography

Printmaking

Mark Farris
Charley Forsyth

Sculpture

Cathy Broski

Wood

David Farquhar
Mark Leathers
Steve Miller
Adrian Vogel
Kevin Williamson

Official Jurors

Our jurors this year are all distinguished members of the art community in Kansas City. It is their duty to ensure the continuing quality of Art Westport.

Linda Lighton

Linda is an artist whose work is in many international museums in China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the U.S. Lighton received the Artist for the State of Missouri in 2009 and the Award for Excellence in Visual Art and Education from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011.

Linda also received a Proclamation from Kansas City by Mayor Sylvester James in December 2012 in recognition of 10 years of administering the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program. In 2016, Lighton received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts. Linda was honored to receive the Outstanding Alumni Award from Pembroke Hill School in 2016.

Brett Knape

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

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

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

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.

Applications are open now through May 31, 2017. To submit an application, please click the button below.

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Local Non-Profits Booth Application

Local non-profits in the Kansas City arts community or Westport neighborhood – join us during Art Westport this year!

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Volunteer Signup

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.