Historic Kolb Studio Art and History Exhibits

Looking past green oak trees at the west-facing side of Kolb Studio, several storied high, painted brown with white window frames. Grand Canyon is visible on the left and in the distance.
Kolb Studio on South Rim of Grand Canyon.


Kolb Studio (1905)

This restored building was a family home and photography studio.

Open daily
8 am – 7 pm (March 3 through May 18)
8 am – 8 pm (May 19 through Aug. 17)
9 am - 8 pm (Aug. 18 through Sept. 7)
8 am – 7 pm (Sept. 8 through Nov. 30)
8 am – 6 pm (Dec. 1 through March 1)

Individual photos of 6 Artists doing Plen Air placed slightly apart to create a horizontal banner.
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art: "Plein Air on the Rim" September 7-15, 2019 - Exhibit at Kolb Studio: Sept. 16, 2019 through Jan. 21, 2020
Paintings on display in exhibit
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit

2019 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Exhibit in Kolb Studio - September 7, 2019 through January 21, 2020

Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art related events followed by a 3 month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The 11th Annual Celebration of Art will feature over 25 artists from around the country who will engage in a plein air competition and exhibition.
very September, park visitors and residents have an opportunity to watch artists paint Grand Canyon as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape.

Each artist brings a completed studio piece with them and then spends a number of days creating more artwork on the South Rim, on the North Rim, at Phantom Ranch and at Indian Garden during the Plein Air at the Canyon Event.

At the end of the week, on Saturday, the Quick Draw Event takes place in the historic district of Grand Canyon Village. During the auction that immediately follows the Quick Draw event, park residents and visitors have the opportunity to bid on the paintings that they watched being created that morning, and to bring a piece of Grand Canyon home.

"Plein Air on the Rim" September 7-15, 2019

2019 Exhibit and Sale will run from September, 16, 2019 through January 21, 2020.

Proceeds from this event support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.

For reference, here is more information and the schedule from the 2018 Celebration of Art visit: https://www.grandcanyon.org/events/celebration-of-art/
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Every September, a group of artists gather at Grand Canyon National Park for the Celebration of Art presented by Grand Canyon Association. Proceeds from the event go towards establishing a permanent art venue at Grand Canyon. Visitors may watch and learn from the Plein Air painters. (Video clip from "Grand Canyon a Journey of Wonder.")

Logo with stylized graphic of river cutting through cliffs in a desert landscape. text: 1919-2019, Grand Canyon National Park Centennial.

Grand Canyon National Park is 100 Years Old!

Learn about Birthday Events throughout 2019


Slideshow of 11 historic photos by Kolb Brothers, including: photo album cover, Kolb Studio building, boats on river, lightning, brothers in office, auditorium crowd, mules on trail, posing in canyon.
The Amazing Kolb Brothers - Historic Photos
The Amazing Kolb Brothers

A Grand Life at Grand Canyon Exhibit
Exhibit resumes January 26, 2020.
At first glance, Kolb Studio appears to be an old house perched on the rim of the canyon.

However, if you step inside, or see it from Bright Angel Trail on your hike out of the canyon, you get the sense it is much more than that.

This is the Victorian home of the Kolb Brothers who created a lasting legacy of adventure, exploration, family love, and amazing Grand Canyon photography that will last as long as the Canyon itself.
  • Examine Their Antique Cameras
  • Watch Their Movie That Played Continuously for 61 Years
Presented by Grand Canyon Association, Cline Library and Grand Canyon National Park. Additional funding provided by the Babbitt Foundation, Pink Jeep Tours, The cities of Las Vegas and Sedona, and Ms. Penny Schultz.
Exhibits at Kolb Studio are sponsored by the Grand Canyon Association and Grand Canyon National Park. For more information on this exhibit and the Grand Canyon Association and its programs, please visit http://www.grandcanyon.org
Kolb Bros Exhibit runs through September 5, 2018

"The Amazing Kolb Brothers" exhibit will run through Sept. 8, 2019.

Take a virtual tour of this exhibit here.

View Photos of Kolb Studio and recent historic renovation work

Learn about the Kolb Brothers Collection at Northern Arizona University


Last updated: September 4, 2019

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