Aaron Douglas Art Fair

The Aaron Douglas Art Fair is inspired by the Aaron Douglas Celebration Mural in Topeka, Kansas www.aarondouglasartfair.com


The significance of World Art Day is to promote and highlight the importance of art in the lives of human beings. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the contributions of various artists throughout the world. This day aims to encourage art education as a means of inclusive and equitable education. Celebrate with us!

Photos from Topeka West Theatre's post 02/17/2024

Check out the awesome range of productions this weekend! Topeka’s got talent! Go support our local talent!

Photos from Washburn Rural High School Theatre's post 02/16/2024

Looks like Washburn Rural High School Theatre is opening tonight! They didn’t put the show title on the post… but we’re guessing “Fiddler on the Roof”. Go, grab your matchmaker and jam out with them to “If I Were a Rich Man”.


For our performance artists! Advocacy days are important! Especially, in a world where funding gets smaller and smaller for the arts.

Hey Kansas Thespians! Are you passionate about theatre and what it brings to your school and community? Sign up now to help plan the annual Advocacy Day at the Kansas Capital as well as Theatre in Our Schools Month. Please email [email protected] for more information or to sign up to help (even if you signed up at the Advocacy Workshop at Thes Fest!)

Photos from Aaron Douglas Art Fair's post 11/17/2023

Skip the movies this weekend! You have a whole selection of great shows live!!!

Fall One Act Festival: Highland Park
A Doll’s House: Topeka West
A Voice in the Dark: Seaman High
Nevermore: Topeka High

All shows: price under $6. Doors open at 6:30 at each perspective High School. Then Saturday pick another show! Support our students!!!

Photos from Trojan Theater's post 11/17/2023

Doors open at 6:30 today, Friday, & Saturday. Go get your Poe on!


We want to congratulate this year's winners!

For the third consecutive year Shawnee Heights High School has taken home the People's Choice Award and the Best in Show: Student Division.


We want to congratulate this year's winners! We had a tie for this year's People's Choice Award.

Topeka artist Becky Drager graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA degree majoring in graphic design. In 2011 after 20 years of working in the graphics field, Becky returned to her home state of Kansas and began painting full time. She is very active in the arts community and organizations of Topeka.

In 2012, Becky was invited to participate in SouthWind Gallery’s Topeka Paint Out where she found a niche painting urban scenes of historic downtowns and other Kansas landmarks using her distinctive graphic style. Her acrylic painting, “Kansas Avenue Blossoming”, won the first place and the juror’s award and “Looking Up” won fourth. Her art was published in Topeka: a great arts town. We painted it!

Other honors are a first place award for “Celebrating the Tradition” an acrylic painting for The Kansas City Club’s 130 year anniversary and a second place for “Prairie Fire” in People’s Choice category of Inspirations 2012 Exhibit. Topeka Art Guild’s Kansans Paint Kansas, she received a third place award for “Orange Glow” and an Honorable Mention for “Snow Bluebird”. She also won an Honorable Mention for her “Night Light” acrylic painting in the Topeka Art Guild’s Earth, Wind and Fire exhibit.

Becky recently received the honor of a Certificate of Recognition from Topeka’s Mayor Larry Wolgast for her painting, “Snowfall on City Hall” which was used on the Mayor’s 2013 holiday card. The painting will hang in the Mayor’s office. She was selected to exhibit in the 2013 Symphony in the Flint Hills art show and her award winning work is in corporate and private collections and also showing in Kansas City, Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Warehouse 414, Yeldarb Gallery, SouthWind Gallery and Beauchamps Gallery all in Topeka, the Trusler Gallery in Emporia and the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita.

For more on Becky's work you can go here: https://www.dragerstudios.com/


We want to recognize this year's winners!

Niko is an emerging artist who works in polymer clay jewelry and pencil drawings. This was their first time at ADAF. Congratulations!!!


We want to recognize this year's winners! This was also Tyler's first year at ADAF!

Tyler is an oil painter based out of Topeka. With a variety of strengths ranging from extreme realism, to the surreal & abstract. His focus is oil, though he does work with acrylic paint as well and has recently discovered a love of molding/modeling paste.

For more information on Tyler's work you can go here: https://www.tylerthorntonart.com/


We want to recognize this year's winners!

Jennifer is a professional glass blower located in Topeka! She has something for everyone, from art to whimsy. To find out more about her work you can go here: https://alboglass.com/


We want to recognize this year's winners! We had a tie this year for the People's Choice Award! This was Susan's first year at ADAF!!

Susan is a a self-taught artist who weaves feminist history, mythology, and folklore as narratives in her artwork. Nature is a constant subject in her art. Her work is shown locally between Topeka and Lawrence, Kansas through various art shows and local galleries and can also be viewed on her website and various social media platforms. She earned her Bachelor of Science from William Jewell College and her Masters of Sociology from the University of Kansas.

Her sociological background continues to influence her artwork today stemming from her work with local not-for-profits serving women in low-income and developing countries. This has led her to research women’s hidden stories & roles in histories, mythologies, and folklore.

Susan describes herself as an eternal optimist who believes in magic and dreams. Susan resides on a small farm with her family in Northeastern Kansas where she maintains a studio practice as well as teaching workshops for the local community.
You can find out more about Susan's work here: https://www.susanktheroff.com/about

Aaron Douglas, Harlem Renaissance Painter, Illustrator, And Educator, Harlem, NY 1899 – 1979 10/02/2023

We want to share this amazing article with you.

We often get asked “Who is Aaron Douglas?”. The short answer is: He is a Topekan that became the Father of the Harlem Renaissance and helped change the face of the art world!

Aaron Douglas, Harlem Renaissance Painter, Illustrator, And Educator, Harlem, NY 1899 – 1979 Aaron Douglas. May 26, 1899 – February 2, 1979, was a Harlem-based painter, illustrator, and visual arts educator working during the Harlem Renaissance.

2023 Aaron Douglas Art Fair by aaron-douglas-art-fair 10/01/2023

What an amazing day yesterday! If you weren’t able to get a fair shirt yesterday or we didn’t have your size you can still order a shirt online!


2023 Aaron Douglas Art Fair by aaron-douglas-art-fair T-shirt design for the 2023 Aaron Douglas Art Fair

Local artists honor Topeka icon with annual art fair 10/01/2023

Our Aaron Douglas Art Fair on WIBW!

Local artists honor Topeka icon with annual art fair Emerging artists and art lovers gathered for the 18th annual Aaron Douglas Art Fair Saturday.


Final performance Joe Crowfoot


Joey Crowfoot


Next up for our last act, Joey Crowfoot!


Aaron Douglas Art fair 2023 Awards


Awards coming up! Stay tuned!


Luke Scheibmeier


Ellie Olivia


Next up on the stage - Topeka City Music Showcase


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Our Story

The Aaron Douglas Art Fair, inspired by the completion of the Aaron Douglas Celebration Mural, has been an annual event since 2006. The Fair was created to provide a one-day classic art fair environment to showcase diverse and emerging artists, to celebrate community and to continue the legacy of world-renowned Topeka-born artist Aaron Douglas. The fair is fully organized by a dynamic, all volunteer-run board and assisting community volunteers. Admission and all activities are free. Each year there are 30 to 50 artist booths – selectively chosen by our Art Director – our main stage with live music, our Legacy Stage in front of the Aaron Douglas mural highlighting an assortment of diverse artistic performances, our Kids Zone tent offering art activities geared towards children, an interactive art activity for all fair-goers, and food booths hosted by neighborhood groups offering a variety of food options for sale.

2019 is our 14th year of celebrating the arts and the memory of Mr. Aaron Douglas. Since the first fair in 2006, the art fair’s influence and popularity continues to grow as we see an ever increasing number of returning patrons and folks experiencing the Fair for the first time.

Planning for the Fair is a year round process led by a group of folks from a multitude of backgrounds who share a mutual appreciation of the arts and dedication to supporting and empowering burgeoning artists throughout the Topeka community. Aaron Douglas Art Fair committee is proud to bring such a unique and fun-filled day to the Capital City.


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Aaron Douglas Artist
Yancey Gao Artist
Hello! Meet Amy, this year’s featured artist!
Please welcome to the stage for his second year, Nate Neff AKA FIREHEAD!!! Nate works hard in the studio writing and pro...
Check out our line up for Saturday!!! We have something for everyone! 12th & Lane, Topeka
We are so excited!!! Only 8 days until the fair!  Be watching as we announce this year's artist, schools, and performace...
Cindy Dillman - Epoxy resin making all sorts of items for gifts, home or office!
Yanfei Gao - Watercolor, ink, marker, color pencil


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Topeka, KS

Opening Hours

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