Art Westport

September 10-12, 2021



The 42nd Art Westport event is planned for September 10-12, 2021! The 42-year event is the largest visual art show that exclusively showcases juried, high-quality Kansas City-regional artists’ work and annually attracts more than 30,000 visitors.


Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2021 show beginning on January 16, 2021. Access more information and the artist application here.

2019 Winners

Best in Show: Theodore Freeman – Mixed Media

1st Place: Adrian Vogel – Wood

2nd Place: Ashley Corbello – Painting

2019 Sponsors

To find out how you can support Art Westport, email for sponsorship information.

2019 Participating Artists


  • Jake Bond
  • Riley Brain
  • Sherri Hanna
  • Danny Meisinger
  • Michelle Rogne
  • Cynthia Schmidt
  • Melanie Sherman
  • Lee Slusher
  • Mark Thorson

Digital Art

  • Andrew Beach


  • Douglas Fulks
  • Gloria Shanahan
  • Randal Spangler
  • Brad Ultican

Emerging Artist

  • Katherine Bello
  • Heather Blackman
  • Ion Bosneag
  • Kenna Buscher
  • David Cotter
  • Lisa Cowan
  • Bali Eddins
  • Angela Flinn
  • Aimee Fresia
  • Jill Halksworth
  • Greg Jones
  • Mary Lasseter
  • Melody Monroe
  • Sarah Myers
  • Margaret Norcross
  • Kati Scofield
  • Jeffrey Tamblyn
  • James Terry


  • Jonathan Akers
  • Jenny Allen
  • Anita Bauer
  • Emily Bordner
  • Jerry Ann Dowdle
  • Cristin Llewellyn
  • Whitney Manney


  • Tom Bloyd
  • Tyler Kimball
  • Sara Sally LaGrand
  • Wanda Tyner
  • Dierk Van Keppel


  • Carol Beal
  • Jandi Burkett
  • Nichole Collins
  • Kelly Conner
  • Kristin Cooper
  • Dave Darpinian
  • Brad Egger
  • Kristen Haug
  • Kari Heybrock
  • Char Hunt
  • Sara Kharatyan
  • Cecilia Labora
  • Bailey Marable
  • Joy Mead
  • Laurie Mellenbruch
  • Tommi Ringel
  • Cydney Ross
  • Felicia Roth
  • Ursula Tizon
  • Manda Wylde

Mixed Media

  • Eric Doucette
  • Theodore Freeman
  • Nicolas Gadbois
  • Bob Holloway
  • Clarence Lee
  • Alice and Bob Legler
  • Anthony Pack
  • Angie Pickman
  • Rachel Rose


  • Jodi Augustine
  • Andrew Batcheller
  • Rob Bauer
  • Mary Ellen Behrmann
  • John Carroll
  • Merik Coltrain
  • Ashley Corbello
  • Pamela Covington
  • Denny Dowdy
  • Karen Dreyer
  • Daniel Estrada
  • Annie Glotzbach
  • Mark Hennick
  • Klaus Kuntscher
  • Vanessa Lacy
  • M. Robinson
  • Felicia Roth
  • Jen Unekis
  • chun wang
  • Rick Wright
  • Roura Young
  • Ivey Zoellers


  • Rose Burgweger
  • Brian Cain
  • Jessica Cepele
  • Amy Crouse
  • Ric Cummings
  • Kirk Decker
  • Richard Heinze
  • Beth Houts
  • Jean Hutchison
  • Lee Jost
  • Lisa Kiene
  • Tom Mallot
  • Bill Manginelli
  • Jeff Monger
  • Martha Moore
  • Craig Niesen
  • Scott Reynolds
  • Everett Smith
  • C.T. Thongklin


  • Charley Forsyth
  • Justin Marable
  • Trey Morgan
  • Travis Porter


  • Cathy Broski
  • Annette Gordon
  • Mark Leathers
  • Sam McPherson
  • Patricia Young


  • Jim Ramsey
  • Matthew Roman
  • Charles Shotton
  • Adrian Vogel

Official Jurors

The 2021 jurors are all distinguished members of the art community in Kansas City. It is their duty to ensure the continuing quality of Art Westport.

Philipp Eirich
Philipp Eirich was born in Wurzburg, Germany. He came to the United States in his early twenties and lived in Chicago for 20 years before moving to Kansas City. He now owns and runs Cerbera Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery located at the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District.

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

Linda Lighton

Linda Lighton is an artist and activist living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a passionate advocate for the arts both regionally, nationally and internationally.

Lighton has had more than 60 solo shows and has participated in more than 170 group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Linda Lighton’s work is in national and international collections in China, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey as well as The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland; Fule International Ceramic Museum, Fuping, China, the Yingee Museum in Taiwan, and Icheon International Ceramic Museum, Icheon, Korea.

2008, she was chosen for the Missouri Arts Award, and in 2011 she received the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts and Education from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she graduated with honors in 1989. In 2016, Lighton received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

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.

Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin

Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin is a renowned fabric artist, fabric designer, author, lecturer and independent curator. Her artwork has shown at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, David C. Driskell Art Center, Spencer Museum, Holter Museum of Art, New England Quilt Museum, Mulvane Museum, Leedy Volkous Art Center, KCAI Crossroads Gallery. She has conducted workshops on African American quilting and color combining at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Nelson Atkins Museum and a host of museums, quilt guilds and galleries across the United States.   Sonié is a Charlotte Street Visual Arts Fellow, Art Omi Fellow, Kansas Master’s, and Alliance of Artists Community Scholarship recipient.

She served nine years as the curator for the American Jazz Museum’s Changing Gallery and currently serves on the Kansas City History Museum Foundation board and is the curatorial consultant for the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.  Sonié is a founding member of the African American Artists Collective, her artwork is held in the collections of galleries, museums, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Africa, and Europe.

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 2021 show opens on January 16, 2021 and closes on May 31, 2021. 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!

Click here to fill out application

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.