Kimball Art Center Mission & History
Kimball Art Center inspires and connects through art. Art Starts Here™.
Kimball Art Center (KAC) exists to provide arts education and access to everyone. Through our exhibitions, educational arts programs and events, KAC provides a platform and a place for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together to explore, celebrate and cherish the creative spark that lives within us all. We believe that art brings joy, direction, a welcome distraction and hope to the 85,000+ community members we serve each year. We know that art changes lives and brings people together, sustaining our vibrant community and inspiring positive change in the world around us.
KAC has been a pillar of our art community since 1976 when Bill Kimball humbly started the center in an old garage. As the Park City community has evolved through the years, KAC has mirrored its change, evolving into a world-class community art center and the city’s cultural hub. Admission to our museum to see renowned exhibitions has remained free since day one. Exhibitions provide local access to nationally renowned artists and works and include quarterly Art Talks and Gallery Tours. We also provide over 300 visual art classes to youth and adults each year, including welding, encaustic, painting, drawing, photography, stained glass and more in our studios. Our Arts Education Program partners with K-12 schools and bridges a critical gap to provide immersive and quality art classes to youth who would not receive an arts education in their school without our programming.
Our largest event of the year is the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival held in August, which brings over 225 jury-selected artists from around the country to Park City for approximately 55,000 attendees to enjoy. Now in its 48th year, the event brings approximately $20 million in annual economic impact to Utah.