History of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival
In the summer of 1969, a group of local Park City artists came together to launch an open-air arts festival on historic Main Street. Their aim was to imbue Park City – already a bustling ski resort during the winter – with cultural offerings in the summer months. Inspired by the artists’ creative energy, local philanthropist Bill Kimball decided to expand upon their efforts by creating Kimball Art Center, a permanent home for the visual arts in Park City.
Under our guidance and partnership with Park City Municipal Corporation, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival – true to the spirit of its founders in the summer of 1969 – has established itself as one of Utah’s leading cultural events, attracting 50,000 visitors annually, and garnering national attention for the 200+ artists whose work it displays.
About Kimball Art Center
We believe art should be accessible to all and that it plays a critical role in the overall success of the Park City community. Founded on these premises in 1976, the Kimball Art Center is committed to showcasing the work of local and world-renowned artists in our galleries and exhibition spaces; to providing art education in Utah schools; and to hosting a range of community programs and events throughout the year. Kimball Art Center’s mission is to inspire and connect through art.