The 47th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts will take place October 20th and 21st, 2018, from 9am to 5pm both days. Sign up for our free newsletter for updates!





  • Nationally and internationally acclaimed folk artists
  • 270+ folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople presenting their work
  • Free hands-on art-making for children in Kentuck for Kids and throughout the park
  • Interactive live demonstrations by expert craftspeople—basketmakers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, traditional potters, fiber and fabric artists, quilters, jewelers, and more
  • Full 2-day music and spoken word lineup


Festival Award Winners

Best of Show: Nicario Jimenez


Award of Distinction: Craig McMillin

Award of Distinction: Yvonne Wells


Merit Award: Ben Caldwell

Merit Award: Susan Clayton

Merit Award: Helene Fielder

Merit Award: Amy Lansburg

Merit Award: Craig Little

Merit Award: Margaret Luttrell

Merit Award: Miriam Omura

Merit Award: Jorn and Kathleen Piel-Braunschweiger

Merit Award: William Richards

Merit Award: Bonnie Shanas

Merit Award: Theresa St. Romain

Merit Award: Steve Terlizzere



Experience the Festival as a VIP, while supporting the arts in your community! Sign up for our free newsletter to receive notification when the 2018 program details have been finalized.


Benefits (depending on level purchased) include:

  • Weekend pases to the Festival, with access to the catered VIP Hospitality tent both days
  • Kentuck Bucks, vouchers to be used as money to purchase art at the Festival
  • Tickets to the VIP party
  • Listing in the Festival program
  • And more!


2017 VIP Program:



The Kentuck Experience at the Alabama Folk School

With the shared goal of perpetuating folk art, Kentuck Art Center & Festival has joined with the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell to offer “The Kentuck Experience at the Alabama Folk School.” This exciting collaboration will give Kentuck Festival goers an opportunity to extend their Festival experiences by meeting Kentuck artists and learning their craft in a week-long workshop at the Alabama Folk School.

Workshops are open to all. No experience necessary.

Stay tuned for 2018 classes.

2017 Kentuck Artists in Residence included: 

Theresa Disney
Fabulous Folk Art Florals

William MacGavin
Didgeridoo From Scratch

Jayne Morgan
Honey Bear Paintings and More!


The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell was founded in 2007 as a way to enrich lives and reconnect people to music, art, and each other. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for people to work creatively with their hands, minds, and spirits and to help preserve Alabama’s cultural heritage. The Alabama Folk School offers multi-day, residential workshops for all levels in folk art and music, including blacksmithing, banjo, fiddle, quilting, homesteading, and more. The Alabama Folk School is housed at Camp McDowell—a full-service camp and conference center situated on 1,140 acres just an hour from Birmingham. 


Live musical and spoken word performances on two stages. Stay tuned for the 2018 line-up!



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2018 Festival

Program Artists…to be announced in June.

Our Program Artists are a special group. They include our Guest Artists, newly discovered folk artists and internationally recognized folk artists, and our Demonstrating Artists, who come to the Festival to demonstrate their art and craft.

Also included are our Kentuck Artists in the Schools, a group of artists who come a day early to share their work with local classrooms. Here are some links to lesson plans that can be used to enrich those student experiences: