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 the canyon rim

Kolb Studio (1905)
This restored building was a family home and photography studio.
Spring Hours: 8 am to 7 pm

  • View history and art exhibits. More...
  • Learn about Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, pioneer photographers and filmmakers at Grand Canyon. More...
  • Walk east through the park's Historic District or west, climbing the Rim Trail to Trailview Overlook.
  • Hike down into Grand Canyon on Bright Angel Trail.

Kolb Brothers historic photos slide show.
The Amazing Kolb Brothers - Historic Photos
The Amazing Kolb Brothers

A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon Exhibit
Now through September 5, 2018
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.

  • See Unusual Antique Cameras
  • Watch Their Movie That Played Continuously for 61 Years
This exhibit is presented by the Grand Canyon Association, Cline Library and Grand Canyon National Park. Additional funding is provided by the Babbitt Foundation, Pink Jeep Tours, Las Vegas and Sedona and Ms. Penny Schultz.
Kolb Bros Exhibit runs through September 5, 2017

"The Amazing Kolb Brothers" daily, through September 5, 2018

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


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 8-15, 2018 - Exhibit at Kolb Studio: Sept. 16, 2018 through Jan. 14, 2019
Paintings on display in exhibit
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit

2018 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Exhibit in Kolb Studio - September 16, 2018, through January 14, 2019

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 10th Annual Celebration of Art will feature over 25 artists from around the country who will engage in a plein air competition and exhibition.


Every 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.

The 2018 Exhibit and Sale will run from September 16. 2018, through January 16, 2019.

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 information and schedule for the 2018 Celebration of Art visit: https://www.grandcanyon.org/events/celebration-of-art-2018/

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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.")

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

Last updated: February 2, 2018

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