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2014 Art in the Park Festival Information

2014 postcard imageArt. In a Park. The first weekend in June. Awesome!

Someone said: I thought it was all paintings. No, we cried, it is paintings and much, more more. Need a new coffee mug, you'll find it. Gorgeous scarf required? Check. Space in your yard begging for a stylish sculpture? We have it. Fabulous frock needing fabulous necklace? Choices galore. Wall behind your sofa needs a colorful painting? Go home with three. Gifts needed? Oh, you lucky, lucky shopper.

After you've shopped 'til you've almost dropped, grab a cool lemonade or an Italian ice and be awed by a magician.

Got kids? We got stuff to keep them amused: making art at the Kid's Art Spot, buying something for their own collection at the Young Collector's Tent, designing a tie-dye t-shirt, having their face painted.

And, as if that wasn't enough, entrance to the festival is free. Think of it as a gift from the Columbia Art League to you. How can you thank us, you ask? Easy. Buy art!

56th Annual Art in the Park

Art in the Park crowdWhat you need to know

Festival Dates: Saturday, June 7, 2014
                          Sunday, June 8, 2014

Festival Times: Saturday, 10am-5pm
                          Sunday, 10am-4pm

Festival Location: Stephens Lake Park, Columbia, Missouri (Google Maps)

Free Bus Service: June 7
Click to see the transit map (pdf).
Thanks to Columbia Transit for sharing the love!

Entrance cost: FREE

Parking: Free parking at the Boone Hospital Center. Free shuttle provided by Parks & Recreation and run from the Boone Hospital parking lot to the park entrance throughout the festival. Please do NOT park across Broadway in front of Clovers as that space is reserved for their customers.

Festival Map: Click here to download a PDF color copy of the festival map.

Rain or Shine - Don't stay home! We'll be at the park and we've got artists braving the conditions to drive here from all over the United States because we have such an awesome show in Columbia.


To see a full list of all the artists exhibiting in the House of Brokers Artist Village, just click on the link right… HERE!

Paying for art

Most artists can take credit card payments, but it's always a good idea to bring some cash and a check or two.

Artist Awards

Our award judge this year is Professor Vincent Wang from St. Louis’ Fontbonne University. He has exhibited his own work widely across the country and internationally and has won awards for excellence. The winning artists will all receive original Lisa Bartlett and Mira Stoddart award ribbons to hang in their booth. Our Best in Show awards this year are sponsored by our wonderful friends over at Boone County National Bank.


We’re delighted to welcome back the StoneLion Puppet Theatre from Kansas City, who will be doing two stage shows each day in the big children’s art tent, plus roving through the festival with their giant strolling puppets. From St. Louis Everyday Circus we have Claire the juggling stiltwalker – so look out for her long legs. Bringing the magic to the festival this year is Columbia’s own Steve Ferris, who will do two roving shows each day. Creating balloon animals as well as juggling and doing some magic will be Jason Hollandsworth from Ashland. And listen out for the beautiful voices of Columbia’s own Booneslick Chordbusters who will serenade festival goers each morning and afternoon. Click here to see the full Entertainment schedule.


We've got a great selection of festival food –D Dee’s Kettlecorn, Jamaican Jerk Hut pork and chicken, Smokin Chicks’ barbeque, Missouri Legacy Beef burgers and dogs, Eagle Scoop Nachos, burgers and ice cream, plus gyros and felafel’s from the Jerusalem Café, and sushi and more from Ninja Express. For some delicious made-before-your-eyes fudge, check out Brown’s Fudge Shop and be sure to stop next door to buy some DeCio pasta to take home. Feeling hot? Stop by the Kona Ice trailer and cool down with some flavored ices or make your own lemonade drink at U-Squeeze Lemonade.

For Kids

No chance for the kids to get bored! Stop by the Kid's Art Spot kindly supported by the Boone Electric Community Trust, where they can take part in a variety of art-making projects.

At the Young Collectors Tent, kids aged 5-14 can start their own art collections. We'll have a tent full of small, hand-made artworks created and donated by the Art in the Park exhibiting artists and also Columbia Art League artists. Entrance costs $5 and includes the work of art chosen by the young collector. The Young Collectors Tent is a children-only tent so parents should meet their child at the exit.

New this year is the Artful Science tent, where you’ll find lots of fiendishly clever Mizzou scientists engaged in hands-on noisy and fun experiments. Look at the sun through their Solar Telescope, see what the DNA of a strawberry looks like, and make your own mini volcano.

Tie-dye a Tee - have fun creating your own unique Art in the Park t-shirt at the tie-dye tent, next to the Kid's Art Spot. Tie-dye tee's cost $10.

Other things to do

Visit the Emerging Artist Pavilion, kindly sponsored by Commerce Bank. Here you'll see artwork created by the next generation of young artists, all high school students at Boone County schools.

Check out the Access Arts creation space next to the Gordon Pavilion and get a quick lesson in weaving or pottery turning.

Have your caricature painted by one of our two caricature artists, Jim Dyke or Dorinda Hoke.

Visit Ines Hernandez and get your face-painted.

Stop by the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture Booth and pet a chicken.

Buy a limited edition souvenir t-shirt featuring this year's specially-created design by Stephens College graduate, Michelle Marcum.

Can I volunteer?

Click here to be taken to our volunteer sign-up page. Our volunteer numbers are looking pretty good but there may still be some shifts that need filling. If you’re up for helping out, and we have a shift available, we’d love to have you on the team!

Can I get a poster?

You certainly can! Click here to download a PDF color copy of the poster.

Can I bring my dog?

We'd rather you didn't, not because we don't love dogs but because crowds of people can be intimidating and stressful for them. Remember, we have lots of small children ambling round, too, and stressed dogs and small children are not a great combination. We're definitely leaving our beloved pooches at home. If you absolutely must bring your dog, then it would really help us if you could please NOT use a retractable leash. Keep your dogs close to you and you’ll be less likely to have to pay for breakages.

People we love

Art in the Park is indebted to so many people in the community: our fabulous volunteers, the Columbia Police Department, the CERT team who are on hand all weekend, graphic designers Kevin Gamble, Michelle Marcum and Holly Stitt who created all our fabulous marketing materials, our webmistress Dola Haessig who keeps this site updated, Parks & Recreation who let us use their beautiful park for the weekend AND our generous sponsors

ABC 17 House of Brokers
Achieve Balance Chiropractic Huebert Builders
Boone County National Bank Ingredient Restaurant
Boone Electric Community Trust KBIA Radio
Boone Olive Oil Co. KPLA/KFRU Radio
City of Columbia Office of
Cultural Affairs
Lucky's Market
City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Missouri Arts Council
Coil Construction Missouri Cotton Exchange
Columbia College Missouri Department of Conservation
Columbia Daily Tribune The Plaza Event Center
Columbia Independent School Socket
Columbia Transit The Insurance Group
Columbia Welcome The PS Gallery
Commerce Bank Treats Unleashed
Compass Flower Press Welk Resorts
Convention & Visitors Bureau Wilson’s Garden Center
Fast Signs  

Anything unanswered?

Give us a call on 573-443-8838.

We hope to see you at the 56th Art in the Park on June 7th and 8th!


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photo by Ken Logsdon

Kids Art Spot
Kid's Art Spot

Art Shopping at the Festival
Art Shopping

Tie-Dying a Tee
Tie-Dying a Tee

Art Shopping at the Festival
Artist and her Award Ribbon
by Lisa Bartlett and Mira Stoddart

Art in the Park!
Art in the Park!