Art in the Park
Set in the beautiful location of Island Park, this juried art festival provides an opportunity to see new and creative fine art. With over 40 years of dedication to this festival, the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council is proud to invest our time in bringing this unique and inspirational experience to South Central Kansas.
Join us the first Saturday in October to celebrate the finer arts, while getting some steps in, under the shade of this natural setting!
Be a Part of Art in the Park
This is an opportunity for artists, musicians and culinary dreamers to add to their circuit, or start their journey, making their passion a daily reality!
Register yourself, band or business, by clicking the category you fall under, and WAHC will respond with your acceptance status and give further instruction about the event and your role for Art in the Park!
Get involved before the festival, and make it a little more special, by adding a touch of you're creative mind to the ambiance of the park!
Embrace the opportunity of friendly competition and decorate the park with inspirational notes. Whether you opt for a meaningful symbol or an abstract masterpiece, channel your imagination to vividly express how music stirs your emotions and sparks your inspiration.
Our Roots in the Park
A Brief History
Art in the Park is one of the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council's longest running events, and one of the most beloved. Started in the early 1970's, The festival began as an adjunct to the city band concerts, in which local artists would bring and set up their artwork for attendees to view, or possibly buy.
Art in the Park was held at Memorial Park for the longest time, until it outgrew the capacity of the park, by inducting hundreds of artists into the festivities.
In 1985, it officially became a juried and judged event, settling it's roots down in the beautiful Island Park. Since then, artists from all over Kansas, and surrounding states, flock to Winfield to display their art, and spread inspiration into the homes and work spaces of those that attend.
Ruth Ann Yeary
When you ask the citizens of Winfield about the roots and growth of Art in the Park, Ruth Ann Yeary's name will always come up. During her 20+ years, serving as the Executive Director for the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council, Ruth Ann took the concepts that were already installed, just not yet successful, and transformed them into something memorable.
With her background as a home economics and art teacher, Yeary was able to take WAHC to a whole new level with all of her connection within the art community, as well as in Winfield. She enacted the rules to refine the purpose of Art in the Park - to celebrate the finer arts and crafts that aren't easily replicated, or one of kind pieces, thus giving the festival more prestige, and desire to be included amongst rising artists.
Without Ruth Ann, there is no telling what status our event, or the organization, itself, would be in, but we do know that she helped build the mission, we continue to pursue. Without her legacy, Art in the Park wouldn't have the strong roots it has today.
View all the Artists that have exhibited their works at Art in the Park from year's past, and find/ follow them on social media platforms!