Art Westport

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 40th year in 2019 and 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. 6, 2019 — 1 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 — 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 — 11 am to 5 pm

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 info@wrbl.org for sponsorship information.

2019 Participating Artists

Ceramics

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

Digital Art

  • Andrew Beach

Drawing

  • 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

Fiber

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

Glass

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

Jewelry

  • 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

Painting

  • 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

Photography

  • 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

Printmaking

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

Sculpture

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

Wood

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

Official Jurors

The 2019 jurors are all distinguished members of the art community in Kansas City. It is their duty to ensure the continuing quality of Art Westport.

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.

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.

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.

Johanna Perry

Johanna Perry is a researcher and a fine art appraisal assistant for Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals and their sister company, Rachel Cozad Fine Art in Kansas City, Missouri, where she has worked since 2012. She came to Madison Group/Rachel 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 23 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.

Lost Arts Fair

On Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 11am to 4pm, the Westport Historical Society will be presenting a companion event, “The Westport Lost Art Fair” ,adjacent to Art Westport. The Westport Lost Arts Fair is a family-friendly and hands-on experience on the grounds of the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum at 4000 Baltimore Avenue– just a little over two blocks from the artist booths. The Westport Lost Art Fair brings together an array of artisans practicing nearly vanished skills and crafts from everyday life when Westport was on the edge of the frontier. A horse drawn carriage, provided by the Westport Historical Society, will be running from Broadway Blvd to Baltimore Avenue providing rides for event attendees between the two companion events.

The Westport Lost Arts Fair will include demonstrations of blacksmithing, hand loom weaving, wool and other textile spinning, cotton ginning, tobacco curing, rope making, lacing, woodworking, corset making, sewing of 19th century apparel, period dancing, Native American flute making, and more. Almost 40 exhibits and demonstrations are scheduled for the two-day period. Admission to the Westport Lost Arts Fair is free – just like Art Westport. Tours of the inside of the 1855 Harris-Kearney House will also be available for $5.00 during the hours of the Westport Lost Art Fair.

Visit westporthistorical.com for more information.

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 2019 show will open on January 15, 2019 and closes on May 31, 2019. 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.