Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Northport, Alabama, Kentuck Art Center and Festival has cultivated a rich 50-year history as a nationally known crossroads of creativity and community. Having roots in folk art, Kentuck provides year-round programming with the mission to perpetuate the arts, engage the community, and empower the artist. Visit us during one of our events or any time the Gallery Shop is open. Feel free to hang out in our Courtyard of Wonders, visit the resident artists' studios, and browse in our Gallery Shop.
The Kentuck Festival of the Arts, held annually in October, strives to showcase work of exceptional quality and creativity by artists in a variety of areas: contemporary art and sculpture, contemporary craft, traditional/heritage craft, and folk/self-taught artists. Featured in numerous publications, Kentuck Festival of the Arts was most recently recognized by Alabama Department of Tourism as one of the top-ten events to attend in Alabama in 2018 and by Alabama Magazine as one of the “Best of Bama 2018.” Kentuck has also been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Southern Living, American Style Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler. In 2018, the Festival was named 5th in the nation (based on artists' self-reported sales) in the category of Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows by Sunshine Artists Magazine.
Artist applications to the Kentuck Festival of the Arts are open March 1-June 1 each year. For more information, please visit our website.