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Call for Artists: 38th Smoky Hill River Festival

Fine Art Show:  June 14 & 15
Four Rivers Craft Show:  June 13-15
Salina, Kansas
90 exhibitors in the Fine Art Show
50 exhibitors in the Four Rivers Craft Show
Deadline:  February 15
Celebrating Artists, Celebrating Excellence!
One like none other in the country! The Smoky Hill River Festival welcomes your application and invites you to participate in a distinctly designed celebration of the arts!
You will be greeted with unmatched hospitality, encounter interested, knowledgeable and enthusiastic patrons, enjoy the very best in show organization, and present your work in a sales venue of the highest quality.  The exhibiting experience at the Smoky Hill River Festival is uniquely defined...a most "pleasant surprise" to artists from coast to coast and countries beyond. 
  • Over half-a-million dollars in visual arts sales annually!
  • Ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country and at the top of those in the central Midwest Kansas' finest!
  • 90 exhibitors in the Fine Art Show
  • 50 exhibitors in the Four Rivers Craft Show
  • Very high quality juried shows-long standing tradition of excellence
  • Knowledgeable patrons
  • Attendance of 70,000...drawing patrons from the region and across the country
  • $130,000+ Art Patron Program (Fine Art Show)
  • $9,500 cash Merit & Purchase Awards-Fine Art Show
  • $1,800 cash Merit Awards-Four Rivers Craft Show
  • Outstanding organization
  • Reasonable booth fees and jury fee (kept low to assist with travel expenses)
  • Exceptional show layout
  • Access to discounted lodging
  • 24 hour security
  • Great artist amenities:  booth sitters, water/tea/coffee brought to booth, assistance with unload and loading, Artists' Reception, Artists' Breakfast, free reserved parking within the event for inventory access
  • Presented by the nationally acclaimed Salina Arts & Humanities
  • Both show applications are available online at:
  • Prospectus and other event information at:   

It's All About The "EXPERIENCE!"...


Salina is nationally acknowledged as an Outstanding Arts Community.  Art and culture are a $23 million industry annually.  Its rich cultural landscape of arts organizations identifies Salina as a model city, very unusual and dynamic within its geography.  


The dynamic cultural life is echoed in this stellar Festival; attracting over 70,000 patrons regionally and from states afar; drawing people together to commemorate place-through art, artistry and artists-and through the joy of marking time with one another.  The Smoky Hill River Festival is the most anticipated event of the year, to many a tradition and to all a unprecedented celebration of place!

We welcome your application to the Fine Art Show (90 exhibitors) and Four Rivers Craft Show (50 exhibitors).  These outstanding shows continue to garner national recognition and have upheld their stellar reputations among artists for 38 years.

  • The Fine Art Show presents juried excellence in every category of original gallery-quality fine art and fine craft.
  • The Four Rivers Craft Show is an exceptional juried venue featuring original traditional craft, contemporary craft and folk art.
  • The Festival's highly successful Art Patron Program coupled with extensive statewide and regional marketing bring enthusiastic patrons purchasing well over half a million dollars in artwork annually.

Experience a "pleasant surprise"-the unmistakable"experience" of the Smoky Hill River Festival-a Festival like none other!

FESTIVAL MISSIONTo celebrate the arts and this communitythrough a festival accessible to anyone-physically, psychologically and economically.


The artists speak:

Once upon a time, shows cared about their artists.  The artists fees were kept to a reasonable amount.  Quality was kept high.  Customers showed interest and bought art.  Well, surprise, this show is still like that! Robert Walden, Lillian, AL

Paid entrance, serious art lovers, so friendly and respectful.  Ellie Ali, New York, NY


Good sales, very friendly crowds, easy setup and breakdown, parking close by and a friendly reception.

Mike & Patty Albin, Fairfield Glade, TN

A human and humane art show experience-good will abounds.  Cathra-Anne Barker, Santa Fe, NM

"Be backs" did return on Sunday to follow up with a purchase!  Thomas Dumke, Oconomowoc, WI

This was one of the best "run" shows we've participated in, and the community really turns out to support the arts!  Leah Simmons-DeCapio, Glen Haven, CO

One of the best run shows in the country.  Sheldon Ganstrom, Hays, KS

A sweet show-thank you!  Gary Allen, Omaha, NE 

This is one of those shows that you must see to believe. Wonderful public art. A family reunion atmosphere. An event the whole community cherishes and supports. Learn more and join us in Kansas in June:

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