Oil painting of a woman in a face mask at the Grand Canyon

By Hai-Ou Hou
16 x 20 in.

The 13th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art recognized the achievements of 25 artists who have successfully interpreted the canyon, both in plein air and studio work.

The artists painted at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park for a week in September, capturing on canvas the vastness, the ever-changing light and the many moods of the canyon. They also submitted studio paintings of the Grand Canyon.

Hai-Ou Hou is one of the participating artists. Born in China, she received her
B.F.A. from Central Institute of Fine Art and Design. Moving to the United States she later earned her M.F.A. from Townson State University in Maryland. Hou now resides on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay where she operates Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, an art school that brings in instructors from all over the world.

Of her studio painting, Endurance, Hou says: “The Grand Canyon, devastatingly beautiful and monumental, has long inspired me to paint. The Covid-19 pandemic is devastation on a monumental scale and compels me to paint. This painting contrasts the solid greatness of the one to the fearful apparition of the other; the Canyon will remain long after Covid fades away.”

The work of the Celebration of Art artists will be exhibited at Kolb Studio at the South Rim through January 17, 2022, and can be viewed online at:


Contact Kathy Duley at [email protected] or 480-277-0458 for more information.