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postcard2016 Art in the Park Festival Information

Art. 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 some ice cream and be awed by a magician or a juggling stiltwalker.

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 faces 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!

58th Annual Art in the Park

What you need to know

Festival Dates: Saturday, June 4, 2016
                             Sunday, June 5, 2016

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

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

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 judges this year are jeweler Sydney Pener from Kansas City, painter Mario Carlos from St. Louis and former Director of the Smoky Hills River Festival, Karla Prickett. All three jurors are artists and experienced judges. The winning artists will all receive original Jennifer Wax award ribbons to hang in their booth. Our Best in Show awards this year are sponsored by our wonderful friends over at Commerce Bank.


We’re delighted to welcome back the StoneLion Puppet Theatre from Kansas City, who will be doing three stage shows each day in the big children’s art tent. From St. Louis Everyday Circus we have Claire the juggling stiltwalker on both Saturday and Sunday – 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 in from Jefferson City will be magician Gerry Tritz. We’ve also got aerial silk performances by CoMo Aerial and dancers from Momentum Youth Performance.

There’s music too. Listen out for the beautiful voices of Columbia’s own Boone County Hams who will serenade festival goers each morning and afternoon. On the acoustic stage we’ll have local rock musicians The Follow, Remove the Silence and Jordan Heckemeyer. Click here to see the full Entertainment schedule.


We've got a great selection of festival food – The University Club Chefs with kabobs, wraps and salads; Caribbean spiced chicken and meats from Jamaican Jerk Hut; D Dee’s Kettlecorn; Smokin Chicks’ barbeque; gyros and falafels from Jerusalem Café; Missouri Legacy Beef burgers and dogs; Noodles & Co pasta; Eagle Scoop nachos, pizza and ice cream; The Big Cheez hotdogs; flavored ice from Kona-Ice; and for people needing caffeine, hot and iced coffee from coffee experts, Fretboard Coffee.

For Kids

No chance for the kids to get bored! Stop by the Kid's Art Spot kindly supported by the Stephens College, 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.

Stop by the Bond Life Sciences Center Artful Science tent, where you’ll find lots of fiendishly clever Mizzou scientists engaged in hands-on noisy and fun experiments.

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 our new Art Installations – three amazing art works created especially for the festival and only visible for one weekend!! There’s Tom Stauder’s 20' Tensegrity Tower, Norleen Nosri’s giant interactive gameboard ‘Let’s Play it Together’ and a 8' Pterybutterdactylfly created by Columbia’s own Easily Distracted Art Collaborative. Our thanks go to Joe Machens Ford Lincoln, Coil Construction and the Missouri Arts Council for helping us make the Art Installations a reality.

Check out the Access Arts creation space near 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.

Can I volunteer?

Yes please! Click here to be taken to our volunteer sign-up page.

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. The one rule is NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES. They have caused some serious problems in the past. Please 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 200+ 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 Ingredient Restaurant
Achieve Balance Chiropractic Inside the Lines
Bond Life Sciences Center Joe Machens Ford Lincoln
Boone Olive Oil Co. KBIA Radio
Central Bank of Boone County KPLA/KFRU Radio
Central Investment Advisors Missouri Arts Council
City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs Missouri Cotton Exchange
City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Missouri Life Magazine
Coil Construction The Plaza Event Center at Parkade Center
Columbia Daily Tribune Restoration Eye Care
Commerce Bank Sager I Braudis Gallery
Compass Flower Press Stephens College
Convention & Visitors Bureau The District
Ford Insulation Titanic Museum Attraction
Fretboard Coffee Treats Unleashed
House of Brokers Wilson’s Garden Center
Huebert Builders Woodcrest

Anything unanswered?

Give us a call on 573-443-8838.

Love the design?

You can download the poster design, right here.

See you at the 58th Art in the Park on June 4th and 5th!