Historic Kolb Studio Art and History Exhibits

Individual photos of 6 Artists doing Plen Air placed slightly apart to create a horizontal banner.
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art: "Plen Air on the Rim" September 10-16, 2016 - Exhibit at Kolb Studio: Sept. 16, 2016 - Jan. 16, 2017
Paintings on display in exhibit
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit

2016 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Fri. September 10 through Sun. September 18, 2016

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 8th Annual Celebration of Art will feature over 25 artists from around the country who engaged 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 2016 Exhibit and Sale runs through the holidays, through Monday, January 16, 2017.

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.


8th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Schedule
Plein Air at Grand Canyon

Saturday, September 10 – Friday, September 16, 2016

Ranger Doug’s talks: WPA Poster Project

  • Friday September 9 at North Rim 8:30pm

  • Sunday September 11 at Verkamps Porch 4pm

  • Monday September 12 at Shrine of the Ages South Rim 7:30pm

  • Monday September 12 12-4pm At Visitors Center GCA store, Ranger Doug WPA poster signing

Artists’ Demonstration at North Rim 12-2pm:

  • Saturday September 10 Mitch Baird & Cody DeLong at North Rim Lodge

Artists’ Demonstrations at South Rim 4-5:30pm:

  • Sunday September 11 Bill Cramer at Desert Watchtower

  • Monday September 12 John Cogan at Mather Point

  • Tuesday September 13 Paula Swain at Desert Watchtower

  • Wednesday September 14 Johsua Been at Mather Point

  • Thursday September 15 Amery Bohling at El Tovar

Friday September 16 7:30pm Evening Program at Shrine of the Age

  • Speaker: Curt Walters, “The View Unpainted: Provocation from a Most Challenging Teacher”

Quick Draw & Auction Saturday, September 17, 2016

Grand Opening Sunday, September 18, 2016

Exhibit & Sale Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Monday, January 16, 2017

For more information, contact Kathy Duley 480-277-0458, email kduley@grandcanyon.org

For additional information visit the website:

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.
Winter Hours: 8 am to 6 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.

Plein Air Painting at Grand Canyon

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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.")


Kolb Brothers historic photos slide show.
The Amazing Kolb Brothers - Historic Photos
Returning January 2017
The Amazing Kolb Brothers

A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon !

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.
View of exhibit in Kolb Studio
Exhibit runs through September 8, 2016
"The Amazing Kolb Brothers" returns in January 2017

Take a virtual tour of the exhibit here.

Photos of Kolb Studio and recent historic renovation work

Kolb Brothers Collection at Northern Arizona University


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

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