Art in the Park is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that heralds the start of summer in Columbia, MO - an arts-focused college town, home to the University of Missouri and the recipient of the Missouri Arts Council's first ever Creative Community Award.

The festival has been organized since its inception in the 1950's by the Columbia Art League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Art in the Park is a designated Signature Series event by the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and is recognized and supported by the Missouri Arts Council and the City of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs.

The event features 110 fine artists each year from across the country, and attracts 10-12,000 visitors over the 2-day event. Set amidst the parkland and lakeside of the picturesque Stephens Lake Park, the 2018 festival will be the 60th annual Art in the Park.  Admission to the festival is free of charge!

We welcome applications from artists working in all fine art media: painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media, wood, metal and glass. Please note that we only accept work designed and executed by an artist's own hand. Commercially cast jewelry, molds and imported, commercially-made products or work created by a production house is not eligible for the show. 

In support of the main event, Columbia's premier Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Fair, the 2019 Art in the Park will include strolling entertainment for children, a small acoustic stage, a children's art area, an Emerging Artist Pavilion showing work by local high school and undergraduate students, a Young Collector's Tent, a Veterans’ Art Pavilion featuring artwork from veteran artists, art installations, and a food court.

Columbia is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (east-west) and State Highway 63 (north-south). The festival grounds are just to the east of the downtown area with ample visitor parking provided courtesy of the adjacent Boone Hospital. Visitor shuttle buses are also provided.

In February 2015, festival organizer, the Columbia Art League, was recognized by the Missouri Arts Council as the Arts Organization of the Year for the State of Missouri.

Honestly, this was the best ran show I have participated in in 10 years.  You've got it down to a science. I think you are doing above average and I will continue to brag on the entire event all the way down to the frozen washcloths!” - 2018 festival participant

"This was our first year at your show.  Perfectly run and the best we have ever experienced in over the 35 years we have been doing art shows. The volunteers were wonderful, helpful, happy, pleasant and very hard workers.  The dinner, breakfast, snacks, and water were over the top. Thank you ever so much for running this great show, and treating the artists so well. We are looking forward to returning next year." - 2017 festival participant

"Again, your event is pure perfection. What a treat to be a part of it. Having had the opportunity to experience several art show seasons, I now know the difference between a well-orchestrated show and it's polar opposite. I have never experienced such a level of commitment, teamwork, and camaraderie at any show. As I told many people--fellow artists, patrons and volunteers alike--it's not purely about the sales at this show. The experience itself is where the richness abides. It's the culture that permeates throughout. Each and every one of you who works to make Art in the Park so successful is to be commended. You are all prize-winning, and I look very forward to seeing you all again." -  2017 festival participant

Booth & Jury Fees

Jury fee: 
$35 - payable via Zapplication, non-refundable. 
Applications open on November 21st, 2018 and close at 11.59pm on February 22nd, 2019

Booth fee:

Mid-row (opens on one side)
$220 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$270 - 12' x 12' non-member

Corner (opens on two sides)
$250 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$300 - 12' x 12' non-member

$460 - 24' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$560 - 24' x 12' non-member

*We have a limited number of double booths. Artists with paid fees and completed agreements will be given priority.