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Plaza Art Fair

Julie Denesha / KCUR 89.3

Art fairs don't seem like a place of fierce competition — but getting a booth at one can be.

More than 1,400 artists apply each year for the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City. Participants are selected by a jury, a group of curators, gallery owners and educators. This year, 240 artists got in, including about 40 from Kansas and Missouri.

Tim Samoff / Flickr — CC

What is art?

There’s always the textbook definition: The manifestation or presentation of creative talent and imagination.

But here’s another, looser, far more time-sensitive answer: This weekend. Because art may be where you find it, but it never hurts to set a deadline.

Courtesy Heidi Lynne Gluck

Kansas City's annual Plaza Art Fair doubles as a music festival: 55 free performances by locally based rock, R&B, country, jazz, folk, and classical musicians will take place on three stages. One of those performers is Heidi Lynne Gluck, a singer-songwriter with an indie-rock orientation.

3 reasons we're listening to Heidi Lynne Gluck this week:

Plaza Art Fair Draws Big Weekend Crowds

Sep 21, 2014
Ben Palosaari

This weekend, the Country Club Plaza hosted its 83rd annual Plaza Art Fair. And it was Cedar, Michigan-based sculptor Julie Kradel’s first time displaying her work at the city's traditional kickoff to Autumn. Around noon on Sunday Kradel was pleased with her first interaction with Kansas City art fans. She said visitors were knowledgeable and engaging. 

“I’ve actually had people come back Friday, Saturday and Sunday – the same people," she said as customers looked at her work.

The Festive Circuit Of Art Fairs

Sep 19, 2013
Tim Samoff/Flickr-CC

Every year, a cadre of visual artists joins with live musicians for a festival of food, photography, sculpture and more on the Country Club Plaza. 

On Friday's Up to Date, we take a look at the business side of the Plaza Art Fair. We discuss the fair’s long history, what it takes to plan an event like this and hear what it’s like to be a traveling artist who lives on the art fair circuit.


KCUR At The Plaza Art Fair

Sep 19, 2013

Join KCUR this Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at the Plaza Art Fair! We're staffing a booth with KCPT Public Television 19 in the Experience ArtsKC section, located on Broadway between 47th Street and Nichols Rd.

Throughout the weekend, stop by and visit!