2016 Plaza Art Fair

Country Club Plaza

The 85th Annual Plaza Art Fair

Held Friday, September 23, 2016 through Sunday, September 25, 2016, The Plaza Art Fair encompasses nine city blocks and welcomes a crowd of over 250,000. Featuring 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is atop-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 25 featured restaurant booths. It continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season.

SETH SMITH, Featured Artist, booth 500

Seth Smith was born in Wichita, KS. He received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2003.
   His work is in private collections all over the country and in many corporate collections notably the HR Block World Headquarters here in Kansas City.
   He shows his work at The Rice Gallery of Fine Art in Overland Park, KS and Lucky Street Gallery in Key West, FL as well as may art fairs around the country.
   Seth's work currently explores themes of escapism and longing. What started as a simple fascination with light and shadow falling on an old motel facade has turned into an obsession with all things "leisure" and how that idea has changed over the decades. 

Colorful and elegant yet possibly abandoned motels are a favorite subject matter. 
   Dusty railings leading down to calm swimming pools provide a respite from a hard life on the road. Decadent crab dinners washed down with cold beers,  Airstreams positioned at the foot of a grand traverse, and pristine white sand beaches lapped by azure waves are all things that signify escape, longing, the sublime, and ultimately hope to this native Kansas artist.