Art Westport

September 10-12, 2021



The 41st Art Westport event is planned for September 10-12, 2021! The 41-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.

2021 Winners

Best in Show: Christopher Dowdy – Wood

1st Place: Shawanna Meeks – Fiber

2nd Place: Genevieve Hamel – Emerging Artist

2021 Sponsors

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

2021 Participating Artists


  • Jake Bond

    Karen Dreyer

    Sherri Hanna

    Melanie Harvey

    Laura Hoppes

    Steph Kates

    Raegan Koepsel

    Melody Monroe

    Michelle Rogne

    Melanie Sherman

    Lee Slusher

    Susan Speck

    Mark Thorson

Digital Art

  • John Knell


  • Douglas Fulks

    Gloria Shanahan

    Wanda Taylor

    Brad Ultican

Emerging Artist

  • Christopher Armer

    Jenna Galletta

    Hanah Glimpse

    Genevieve Hamel

    Mary Izard

    Andrew Klein

    Sharon Nibbelink

    Rachel Oatney

    Diana Rendell

    Allen Rendell

    Jennifer Roberts

    Jeffrey Schult

    Heather Sulzen


  • Jerry Ann Dowdle

    Mary Lasseter

    Diane Lawrence

Shawanna Meeks

Erin Sansoucy


  • Tom Bloyd

    Fred Imhoff

    Sara Sally LaGrand


  • Heather Blackman

    Jandi Burkett

    Nichole Collins

    Kelly Conner

    Kristin Cooper

    Dave Darpinian

    Brad Egger

    Sara Kharatyan

    Clarissa Knighten

    Cecilia Labora

    Joy Mead

    Laurie Mellenbruch

    Kelly Monroe

    Rachel Rose

    Ursula Tizon

    Manda Wylde

Mixed Media

  • Andrew Beach

    Aimee Fresia

    Xavier Gayden

    Bob Holloway

    Megan Leong

    Rita & Steve Lohr

    Jenny Meyer-McCall

    Angie Pickman

    Cynthia Rogers

    Charles Shotton

    Katie Thierolf


  • Andrew Batcheller

    Rob Bauer

    Christianne Bohannon

    John Carroll

    Ashley Corbello

    Peter Crane

    Steven Dragan

    Jordan EuDaly

    Nicolas Gadbois

    Mark Hennick

    Brent O’Connor

    Debra Payne

    James Pettijohn

    Ziyadath Radji

    Jen Unekis

    Chun Wang

    Emily Wittler

    Ivey Zoellers


  • Brian Cain

    Amy Crouse

    Ric Cummings

    RC Heinze

    Cindy Heller

    Beth Houts

    Jean Hutchison

    Lee Jost

    Steve & Rita Lohr

    Tom Mallot

    Jeff Monger

    Margaret Norcross

    Michael Russell

    Everett Smith

    James Terry

    Nathan Walker

    Dan Yeokum


  • Charley Forsyth

Caitlin Penny

Lori Stanziola

Travis Porter


  • Annette Gordon


  • Helena Bates

David Cotter

Christopher Dowdy

Angela Flinn

Matthew Roman

Tracey Vaeth

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.

Live Performances

Westport Road Stage

Friday, September 10, 2021:  DJ Savvy Fresh  6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday, September 11, 2021:  Comedian Troy Kelly  5:00pm to 6:00pm

Saturday, September 11, 2021:  2 Proud 2 Beg   6:00pm to 10:00pm

Atomic Provisions Stage

Friday, September 10, 2021:  Accidental Monguels  5:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday, September 11, 2021:  DJ George   5:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday, September 12, 2021:  The Waldo Jazz Collective    12:00pm to 3:00pm

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.