Kimball Art Center and The Park City Arts Festival
Each fall, over 56,000 fine art collectors and enthusiasts, artists, press, festival attendees, and art insiders are asked a simple question: What is the best art festival in America?
This year, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival was ranked #2 in the country and secured the top regional spot, with a 1st place ranking in the West.
The survey is conducted by ArtFairCalendar.com, the leading resource for juried fine art fairs and festivals in the country. It is designed to recognize achievement in the production and promotion fine art events across the nation.
“Considering there are thousands of annual art festivals across the country, we are honored, humbled, and frankly, a little giddy to be ranked so high,” said Kimball Art Center’s executive director, Jory Macomber. “While the Festival is just one weekend out of the year, our staff really dedicates 12 months to planning, perfecting, and promoting the event. I’m thrilled to see all their hard worked recognized in this way.”
Macomber also noted the ranking furthers the credibility and prestige of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival. “In 2019, artists sold more artwork than ever, we saw visitors from as far away as Hong Kong, and the economic impact of this three-day festival gave a $26 million boost to our local economy. But most importantly, more than 50,000 attendees found inspiration and connection at our event, which is at the heart of Kimball Art Center’s mission.”
Each August, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is held along the town’s historic Main Street and showcases over 225 artists from around North America. The three-day event serves as Kimball Art Center’s largest fundraiser, and in 2020, the organization hopes to eliminate the $15 entry fee by increasing the number of artists.
“Currently, the admission charge is a large chunk of our revenue,” Macomber admitted. “I know eliminating it seems counterintuitive given the event is a critical fundraiser for Kimball Art Center’s year-round programming, but we strongly believe art, creativity, and inspiration should be accessible to all. As such, we are actively looking for ways to free the event and offset the financial hit we would take in doing so.”