Art Westport

September 6-8, 2024

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The 44th Art Westport event is happening September 6-8, 2024! The 44-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.

Art Westport Hours
Friday, September 6 from 3pm-9pm
Saturday, September 7 from 10am-9pm
Sunday, September 8 from 11am-5pm

The show will take place rain or shine. Refunds will NOT be given for inclement weather.

If you are a local artist and wish to apply, the application period opens on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Follow this link to access the event information and apply: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=12184

2023 Winners

Best in Show: Jon Bidwell – Photography

1st Place: Jen Unekis – Painting

2nd Place: Kellie Bloxsom – Mixed Media

Honorable Mention: Emily Stumpff – Emerging Artist

2023 Sponsors

2023 Stage Sponsors

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

2023 Participating Artists

Ceramics

 
  • Rachel Akin

    Sherri Hanna

    Melanie Harvey

    Alex Macias

    Josh Martin

    Keith Mays

    Gretchyn Nothhouse

    Sean Ponder

    Michelle Rogne

    Erica Schroeder

    Melanie Sherman

    Mark Thorson

    Amy Troester

    Shelby Vanbuskirk

Digital Art

 
  • Andrew Grojean

    John Knell

Drawing

 
  • Jen Foster

    Douglas Fulks

    Amy Hilger

    Heidi Pitre

    Brad Ultican

Emerging Artist

 
  • Allison Almloff

    Pill Concepcion

    Morgan Daniel

    Lisa Ervin

    Mary Fennel

    Alysia Herbison

    Patrick Kost

    Olivia Michka

    Emily Stumpff

    Madison Vogelsmeier

    Tyler Waldorf

    Karman Williams

Fiber

 
  • Andrew Johnson

    Mary Lasseter

    Diane Lawrence

    Shawanna Meeks

    Erin Sansoucy

    Mary Sikorski

    Jenny Svehlek

Glass

 
  • Fred Imhoff

    Robert Ore

    Ursula Tizon

Jewelry

 
  • Diana Abitz

    Katherine Blauwiekel

    Nicole Collins

    Kelly Conner

    Kristin Cooper

    Brad Egger

    Kari Heybrock

    Sara Kharatyan

    Clarissa Knighten

    Cecilia Labora

    David Lee

    Joy Mead

    Laurie Mellenbruch

    Du’Wayne Moore

    Tommi Ringel

    Manda Wylde

    Tony Young

Metal

 

 

Andrew Klein

Mixed Media

 
  • Kellie Bloxsom

    Allison Bowman

    Aaron Coleman

    Aimee Fresia

    Susan Jackson

    Dawn LaGrave

    Allyson Lassiter

    Megan Leong

    Jenny Meyer-McCall

    Vonda Miller

    George Parker

    Angie Pickman

Painting

 
  • Mark Allen

    Andrew Batcheller

    Rob Bauer

    Christianne Bohannon

    Mary Brooks

    Evan Brown

    J Buford

    John Carroll

    Ashley Corbello

    Pamela Covington

    Peter Crane

    Denny Dowdy

    Ken Downs

    Steven Dragan

    Mark Freeman

    Nicolas Gadbois

    Lori George

    Karen Golmer

    Amy Gray

    Jill Halksworth

    Tessa Howard

    Vanessa Lacy

    Jianquia Luan

    Maria Martin

    Brent O’Connor

    Ziyadath Radji

    Jaden Roulette

    Patrick Schlotterback

    Jeffrey Schult

    Heather Sulzen

    Jen Unekis

    Cody Wheelock

    Gary Wilks

    Emily Wittler

    Roura Young

    Ivey Zoellers

Photography

 
  • Jon Bidwell

    Josh Blackman

    Ric Cummings

    Luke Dodge

    Barb Gruber

    RC Heinze

    Jean Hutchison

    Mike Hysom

    Lee Jost

    Eric Klamm

    Crystal Nederman

    Bridget Patton

    Michael Russell

    Karl Shikles

    Everett Smith

    James Terry

    Dan Yeokum

Printmaking

 
  • Brandon Bailey

    Janelle Crawford-Hine

    Charley Forsyth

    Matthew Willie Garcia

    Caitlin Penny

    Paul Punzo

    Lori Stanziola

    Travis Porter

Sculpture

 
  • Jesse Barker

    Annette Gordon

Wood

 
  • Christopher Dowdy

    Tracey Drake

    Matthew Jarmer

    Matthew Roman

    Adrian Vogel

Official Jurors

The 2023 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, Manager of Operations & Communications, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute; and a visual artist represented in Kansas City. Former positions include an independent curator, writer and director of alumni relations & development at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), 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.

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 2024 show opens on January 16, 2024 and closes on May 31, 2024. 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 an 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.