2019 Special Event Calendar

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Looking up at a circular and rough-hewn stone tower with a variety of small windows around the circumference. On the left is the wall of partially collapsed structure.

Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series

An opportunity to interact with tribal artisans from Grand Canyon's traditionally associated tribes - and for them to share their history and crafts. Jewelers, silversmiths, weavers, potters, sculptors, and a variety of other artisans are scheduled throughout the year.

The demonstrations are free and open to the public and take place in the historic Watchtower (1932) on the rim of Grand Canyon.

  • The current Cultural Demonstrator schedule is here
  • The Fall 2019 Cultural Demonstrator schedule is here
  • More about Visiting Desert View
  • Touring scenic Desert View Drive (25 miles - 40 km) here
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Individual photos of 6 Artists doing Plen Air painting. Photos placed slightly apart to create a horizontal banner across the page.
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 hall with sage green walls and wood floors.
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit in Kolb Studio

2019 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Art Event "Plein Air on the Rim" - September 7-15, 2019
Exhibit in Kolb Studio - September 15, 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.
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.

"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.")

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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

Amazing Kolb Brothers Exhibit

A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon

Resumes January 25, 2020, at historic Kolb Studio near Bright Angel Trailhead

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.
Exhibit hall with two-story ceiling and a wooden floor. Paintings and exhibits hanging on the sage green walls. Several stand-alone cases with antique cameras.
Kolb Brothers Exhibit will return on January 25, 2019

"The Amazing Kolb Brothers" exhibit - resumes January 25, 2020

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
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Grand Canyon Centennial Logo

100th Anniversary Celebration

January - December 2019

On February 26, 2019, the Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years since it's designation as a national park and so much more!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grand Canyon welcomes approximately six million domestic and international visitors each year. After 100 years, whether it's hiking a corridor trail, taking a stroll on the rim or enjoying the landscape from an overlook, Grand Canyon continues to provide a space for all visitors to connect with the outdoors.

The Centennial year will feature virtual and in-park events throughout 2019 at the South Rim, North Rim, Desert View, Inner Canyon, and surrounding gateway communities. Learn more about Grand Canyon's 100th Anniversary.

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Last updated: September 8, 2019

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