Registration for 2018 Plein Air KC

May 4 – 12, 2018


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The Plein Air KC Art Festival began in 2013 as a fundraiser for the Penn Valley Park Conservancy. Since then it has become one of the fastest growing Plein Air festivals in the midwest thanks to a beautiful setting and an inclusive and welcoming culture. We are committed to inclusion, and accept all artists regardless of experience, medium, reputation, etc. Because of this, artist registration has doubled annually – leading to a proliferation of progressive and unique entries created during the festival.

In 2016, the Penn Valley Park Conservancy expanded the festival to include areas surrounding the park in addition to the park itself. The festival also doubled in length from a five-day festival to a full ten-days in response to artist popularity and demands for increased time to work on pieces.

What’s the secret to the success of the Plein Air KC Art Festival?

We are asked about this often, and it begins with our supporters. Kansas City is obsessed with art. Two of Yelp’s top five art museums in the country are located in Kansas City. And several of the world’s most prolific art collectors are based in Kansas City such as the Gautreaux family, the Bloch family, the Hall family, the Kemper family, and many more. Abundant and generous local support from our sponsors has created a vibrant art scene, and a well-funded event with an abundance of cash prizes and a reputation for selling hundreds of original artist works created every year and generating tens of thousands of dollars to benefit the park.

Of course, it also helps that Penn Valley Park is one of the most gorgeous urban parks in the country and a great place for artists to find inspiration and grow. To learn more about Penn Valley Park, visit the Conservancy’s website at