Save the Date!

June 28, 2015

 

Celebrate

THE ART OF THE

Car

June 26, 2016

 

Visitors Guide

Visitors Guide

2016 Event Day Schedule

Sunday, June 26, 2016 on the Kansas City Art Institute Campus

  • 8AM: Early Admission Ticket Holders Enter
  • 9:30AM: Judging commences
  • 10AM: Doors open to the general public
  • 11AM-4PM: Various awards presentations

Parking

Please download our Parking Guide so you know exactly where to park on June 26, 2016, the day of the Art of the Car Concours!

Lodging

Hotel rooms will be available for out-of-town guests of the 2016 Art of the Car Concours. The Raphael, The Marriott, Holiday Inn and the Hampton Inn located near the Kansas City Art Institue, will have rooms blocked for your convenience. When making a room reservation, please mention you are participating in the Art of the Car Concours in order to make sure you obtain the special room rate.

Prepare for Event Day

The Art of the Car Concours is for everyone! Here are some tips to have the best experience.

Attractions

Visit Country Club Plaza
Adjacent to the Concours site is the Country Club Plaza. The Plaza was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. Established in 1922 and designed architecturally after Seville, Spain with Spanish influence, outdoor sculpture and fountains, it encompasses a mixture of hundreds of retail businesses, medical offices, restaurants, bars, movie theatres, and offices. It is surrounded by a myriad of hotels, apartment buildings, office buildings, and residential neighborhoods. And to the East also adjacent to the Concours site is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, well known as one of the finest public museums in the U.S. with ten (10) collections. It is globally recognized for its extensive collection of Asian art. It has free admission every day. Also adjacent to the Concours site is the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, with works that include those of Jasper Johns, David Hockney and Willem de Kooning. All of these nearby amenities heighten your Concours experience.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
This Moshe Safde architectural masterpiece has two main performance venues, the 1800-seat Murial Kauffman Theatre and the 1600-seat Heltzberg Hall. They are separated by Brandmeyer Great Hall which allows a stunning view of the city to the south. Both performance venues are consider to be among the world’s best when it comes to acoustics. For more information, visit www.kauffmancenter.org.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is directly across the street from the Kansas City Art Institute. It is considered to be the finest art museum for a city of its size in the country and has been a pioneer in recognizing Native American Art. Its collection is impressive ranging from Caravaggio to Claude Monet and beyond. For more information, visit www.nelson-atkins.org/.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
The post-Armory Show (1913) collection includes names like Frank Stella, Jackson Pollack, Robert Rauschenberg and Wayne Thiebaud. Gunnar Birkerts architecture provides a fitting backdrop to the art itself. For more information, visit www.kemperart.org.

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
This Egyptian Revival building, overlooking Union Station and the Kansas City skyline has been a Kansas City landmark since 1921. The structure alone is worth the trip, but the addition of the World War I material in 2006 make this a must see. For more information, visit www.theworldwar.org/explore/museum-and-memorial.

The Negro League Baseball Museum
The Kansas City Monarchs were the most successful team in the Negro Leagues with players like Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige. The museum contains memorabilia of all the teams in the Negro League. For more information, visit www.nlbm.com.

American Jazz Museum
Kansas City is known as a city with a signature jazz style. Count Basie and Jay McShann perfected it, while Big Joe Turner provided a link between jazz and rock and roll. For more information, visit www.americanjazzmuseum.org.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
The major issues and events of Harry Truman's Presidency are highlighted in a 10,500-square-foot core exhibition. It has been updated with audio and visual elements. A second permanent exhibition covers the personal side of the life of Harry Truman and his family, primarily through the extensive correspondence between Harry and Bess Truman. For more information, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

The National Airline History Museum
Located at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, the National Airline History Museum has many fascinating exhibits including a Lockheed Super G Constellation and the iconic Douglas DC-3. The museum covers both the propeller and jet age of commercial aviation. For more information, visit www.airlinehistory.org.

Union Station
This beautiful Beaux-Arts building served close to 700,000 travelers a year in the immediate post-World War II period. As rail traffic declined, the station reopened as a series of museums and other public attractions at the turn of the 21st Century. Attractions such as the Science City at Union Station, the Irish Museum and Cultural Center, and the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity. For more information, visit www.unionstation.org.

Kansas City Royals Baseball Team
The Kansas City Royals are the 2015 World Series Champions! If you have the time, be sure to take in a game and see the back-to-back World Series contenders in action! This year, the Royals will have home games the weekend of the Concours against the Houston Astros June 24-26 and an in-state rivalry game against the St. Louis Cardinals June 27th. Royals games tend sell out quickly during the summer so be sure to buy yours in advance! For more information, visit www.royals.com.