Our Festival experience does not stop at music. Throughout the 49 acres of Stephens Lake Park, which become our home for a weekend each year, dozens of visual art installations create a multi-sensory experience of color and light to accompany the sounds of country, blues, bluegrass and folk music. Our creative and innovative Visual Art Directors, Lisa Bartlett and Karen TDQ Pummill, of Artlandish Gallery, oversee a team of local visionaries to provide this added dimension to our festival. In addition to the artists themselves, there is a dedicated crew of eight local volunteers who carefully assemble and thoughtfully dismantle these works each year. This team assures that our festival is a warm and inviting visual experience, year after year. Our patrons and musicians know they’ve entered a genuinely artful space from the moment they arrive on the Festival grounds. Each year, there are new installations in addition to these returning favorites:
We live in a community that genuinely understands the value of the arts. In 2007, Columbia was the first city to receive the Missouri Arts Council award in the category of Creative Community. Along with the visiting musicians that grace our stages each year, we showcase our wealth of talented local visual artists as well as our local musicians. We want our visitors to experience the abundance of creativity that Columbia has to offer. We appreciate how very much the arts enrich our lives every day and we want to share that with our guests.