Visual Arts


Continuing to build on its tradition of excellence, this authentic community arts celebration takes pride in presenting one of the nation's most outstanding visual arts venues. The Smoky Hill River Festival includes two highly competitive, juried shows that bring exceptional exhibitors from coast to coast together. The Fine Art Show and Four Rivers Craft Show are highly revered among artists, garnering multiple awards of recognition now for 41 years. With a local culture that values and appreciates art of all kinds the shows continue to draw patrons purchasing more than half-a-million dollars annually in original, hand-made work.

In addition to these outstanding juried shows, the Festival features eight selected artisans in the Art/Craft Demonstration Area and nearly twenty Art Installations nestled throughout the park. Visual art is an important part of the Festival as is the participation and engagement of Festival goers in the creative process. The exciting event offers an opportunity to connect with the arts in unique and personal ways that you can get from experiencing it.

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Fri - Sat - Sun, June 9-11, 2017
Show Hours: 10-7 Fri, 10-7 Sat, 10-4 Sun
VIEW Fine Art Exhibitors (PDF)

We are devoted to creating the most supportive and effective sales atmosphere possible while providing a top notch experience for Patrons. Listening to the Artist and Patron feedback over the past few years we have decided to make a few changes in the Fine Art Show. Moving forward the show will now be open three days instead of two. This will allow for a greater number of people to experience and purchase work from the show. We also responded to requests from artist to shorten the day a bit. Therefore all shows will close an hour earlier than in the past to allow artists a bit more down time at the end of each day. It is our sincere hope that these changes help enhance and support the show as we move on past our 40th year and into the future.

Smoky Hill River Festival Fine Art Show presents artists from all over the nation. This highly competitive, juried show presents original gallery-quality fine art and fine craft.The show has garnered numerous national awards of recognition. Both artists and patrons can expect a show of the highest quality across every category of artwork presented. Steeped in the tradition of a "true arts celebration," the show provides an exciting opportunity to sell and purchase through a very direct, rewarding and personal experience.

On average patrons purchase over $130,000 each year in Fine Art Show alone. Private and Business Patrons from all over the region enthusiastically anticipate this once-a-year opportunity to select and purchase beautiful, original work for their homes, offices or for gift giving. $9,500 in Jurors' Merit and Purchase Awards are presented annually. Media represented include ceramics, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, painting, drawing/pastels, glass, metal, wood, graphics/printmaking, digital, paper, sculpture, and photography.

Fri - Sat - Sun, June 9-11, 2017
Show Hours: 10-7 Fri-Sat, 10-4 Sun
VIEW Four Rivers Exhibitors (PDF link)

The Smoky Hill River Festival Four Rivers Craft Show presents craft artists exhibiting a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary craft and folk art. This highly competitive venue brings artists from across the nation to its traditions of quality, creativity, and stellar craftsmanship. Jurors present five cash Merit Awards totaling $1,800. Unique to this Festival, the Four Rivers Craft Show provides within a bustling marketplace a wonderful opportunity to purchase handmade works in a wide variety of media: ceramics, folk art, leather, paper, clothing, glass, metal, herbal/soaps, basketry, wood, mixed media, jewelry, fiber and more.

Fri - Sat - Sun, June 9-11, 2017
Show Hours: 10-7 Fri-Sat, 10-4 Sun
VIEW Demonstration Area Artists (PDF)
VIEW Art/Craft Demonstration Area Schedule

Artisans share their handmade processes during scheduled 45-minute demonstrations Friday through Sunday. Each presentation takes the viewer from conceptual beginning to the beautifully finished piece. Artists may include historic context, design inspiration, or share the skillfully developed craftsmanship used to create their individual techniques and unique styles.


The 23rd year of the Art Patron Program will see us build on the tradition of years past with some new and exciting opportunities. Since the inception of the program, over one million dollars of original fine art has been purchased making this program a vital part of Festival weekend. Your financial support helps entice high caliber artists to apply to our show. Click here for details on this exciting program.

Click here to register to become a 2017 Art Patron (PDF).

Click here to purchase a Gold Patron Ticket

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2017 Festival Print
2017 Festival Print
by Andrea Fuhrman

Donors contributing $100 or more to the River Festival receive an original fine art print. The 2017 Festival Print is a giclée print by Andrea Fuhrman of Abilene, Kansas ( Created in a limited edition of 250, each print is signed and numbered by the artist. This year's 5" x 7" print features artful inclusion of carefully abstracted Salina icons created from found materials and ephemera to give this year's print a strong sense of time and place. Fuhrman created this very special composition inspired by her view of Salina as a cultural Mecca for the arts in central Kansas.

Click here for more information about obtaining the original Festival Print.


T-Shirt Art
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The 2017 Festival t-shirt features an original "mandala" inspired design created by Festival artist Angie Pickman. The design was created using symbols that represent every aspect of the Festival. Starting in the center of the design with small waves symbolizing the river the fun radiates out with music, food, art and nature. Shirts are available in a wide range of youth and adult sizes, in women's and regular cut. T-shirts are available in blue for adult and youth sizes and in tanks for all sizes. T-shirts can be purchased in advance at the SA&H offices, online beginning Friday, May 1st or onsite during the Festival at the Festival Information Booths north of Eric Stein Stage and near Kenwood Bridge.

Stop by the festival Information Booths, north of Eric Stein Stage and near Kenwood Bridge, to pick up a Festival shirt or tank.

Click here for more information about obtaining a Festival T-Shirt.


Unique to the Smoky Hill River Festival are large-scale art installations located throughout the park. Installations provide a great parallel to the development of public art within the community. These projects provide participating artists an opportunity to work on a large scale and to create works that exist in outdoor environments. Site-specific works are commissioned and installed annually, to the delight and discovery of thousands of Festival attendees. Whether decorative or kinetic, interactive or conceptual, the creativity and quality of these diverse works speak to the event and its decades-long, strong arts traditions.


2017 Call for Visual Art Installations (PDF)

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