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2015 Art in the Park Festival Information

Art. In a Park. The first weekend in June. Awesome!

Art in the Park postcardSomeone 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!

57th Annual Art in the Park

Download the 2015 Festival Program

Art in the Park crowdWhat you need to know

Festival Dates: Saturday, June 6, 2015
                          Sunday, June 7, 2015

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 Genevieve Flynn from Kansas City and painter Marian Steen from St. Louis. Both artists are renowned in their field. The winning artists will all receive original Jennifer Bennett 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 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.

There’s music too. Listen out for the beautiful voices of Columbia’s own Booneslick Chordbusters who will serenade festival goers each morning and afternoon. On the acoustic stage we’ll have local rock musicians The Follow playing a set of original music on both Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, bluegrass stomp band The Kay Brothers playing their own songs on Saturday afternoon and harpist Ruth Acuff serenading with her own compositions on Sunday morning. Click here to see the full Entertainment schedule (available soon).


We've got a great selection of festival food – Lilly’s Cantina Mexican fare; 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; Eagle Scoop nachos, pizza and ice cream; Wild Bill’s Olde Fashion Soda; Mizzou Hotdogs; squeeze your own lemonade and dip your own frozen cheesecakes or bananas at U Fun Do; or take home some of Columbia’s own Mr. Bulky creamy fudge.

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 Rotts & Gibbs LLC-sponsored 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 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.

Get arty at Wildy’s World: an interactive art installation guided by mural artist, Stacy Self. Grab a paintbrush and leave your mark! Kids and grown-ups are invited to get creative with color and brushes. Look for the big Coil Construction tent and head that way.

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 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
Boone County National Bank KBIA Radio
Boone Electric Community Trust KPLA/KFRU Radio
Boone Olive Oil Co. 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 Robinson Ries Orthodontics
Commerce Bank Rotts & Gibbs Law Office
Compass Flower Press Sager I Braudis Gallery
Convention & Visitors Bureau Satin Stitches
Fast Signs The District
Fretboard Coffee Treats Unleashed
Helmi’s Garden Center Welk Resorts
House of Brokers Wilson’s Garden Center
Huebert Builders  

Anything unanswered?

Give us a call on 573-443-8838.

See you at the 57th Art in the Park on June 6th and 7th!


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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!