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9th Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition

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PleinAir magazine presents the ninth annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with six bi-monthly cycles, and three additional monthly cycles, leading to annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $27,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine.

It is our belief that cash prizes provide further inspiration and an avenue for artists to thrive and create new work by helping alleviate financial pressure.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition.

Prize summary: 
Win up to $15,000 in cash prizes
Prizes Details: 

Each monthly competition awards $1,000 in cash prizes. First Place: $600, Second Place: $300 and Third Place: $100. All 22 winners from each monthly competition are entered into the Annual Competition held in May at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. There aer $21,000 in cash prizes up for grabs at the annual comeptition including the $15,000 Grand Prize and the cover of PleinAir Magazine!

Deadline: 
09/30/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$35 first entry, $13 each additional entry
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Stems Plein Air Juried Show

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Stems Plein Air Paint, an annual plein air competition in the Kansas City area, is proud to offer our event this summer as a national juried show, welcoming the many plein air artists whose summer events have been cancelled throughout the nation.  

Stems Plein Air Paint is now accepting submissions of plein air paintings created between May 11th and June 27th, 2020.  Submission deadline is June 27th, 2020. 

This national juried show is a unique opportunity for our nation’s Plein Air community to safely compete, win cash prizes, including a $2500 Best of Show, while promoting and selling works both online and
in a fine art gallery exhibition!  

With no painting event to attend and no restrictions on painting locales, this event offers a chance for artists to highlight the very
best of their summer stock of Plein Air paintings in an
established fine art gallery.

Our experienced panel of jurors will select the finest plein air works from artists all over the country for an exclusive feature show hosted by The Rice Gallery of Fine Art and brought to you in part by the Friends of Overland Park Arts, part of the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park.

  • Artists may submit 1 to 3 images of their best plein air work to be evaluated on an individual basis by our experienced panel of plein air jurors. 
  • All selected paintings will be eligible for multiple CASH PRIZES, including a $2,500 Best of Show Prize! 
  • All juried selections will be featured for sale in an exclusive gallery exhibition at The Rice Gallery of Fine Art, one of Kansas City’s premier fine art galleries.  This show will be promoted via print, mail, and social media advertising. (*Show opening date contingent on social distancing and public health guidelines). 
  • All selected works will also be included in an online “digital art opening,” which will present images of each painting via Facebook, YouTube, and www.thericegallery.com among others for our online audience to purchase and enjoy. 
  • Prize winners will also be featured in the sales tent at the Stems: A Garden Soiree event, a special one night only sale benefitting the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park. 

A non-refundable online application fee of $25 will be collected from each artist submitting their works.  All entries must be submitted via CAFÉ (www.callforentry.org) no later than Friday, June 27, 2020 (6/27/2020).  CAFÉ is free and easy to join for all artists.  

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to win cash prizes, sell your work, and add a prestigious fine art gallery exhibition to your artist resume.  
Sign up today! 

Prize summary: 
Cash prizes including $2500 Best of Show!
Deadline: 
06/27/2020

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Fee Detail: 
$25.00
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Mendocino Open Paint Out - A Plein Air Festival

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Mendocino Art Center’s
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A Plein Air Festival
September 14-20, 2020

Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the eighth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival. The Mendocino Coast, located along a beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean in northern California, is a spectacular setting to paint en plein air. Artists claim that the quality of light is unlike anywhere else in the world.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration. And, you will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after your visit.

Our 2020 Featured Plein Air Artists:
John Hewitt (co-founder) • Natasha Isenhour • Ryan Jensen • Jim McVicker • Camille Przewodek • Michael Situ

* Compete for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes, including advertisements in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art.
 
* Sell your artwork in daily wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space
 
* Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly!)
 
Meet and mingle with the featured artists at a complimentary pizza party
* Enjoy festive nightly social gatherings at the Mendocino Art Center
 
* Watch daytime and evening demonstrations hosted by featured artists

* Compete in the Quick Draw Competition
 
* Attend the celebratory reception and awards presentation
 
* Start each day with a complimentary continental breakfast
 
* And, of course, paint en plein air daily!

Early registration is encouraged. Registration is first come, first served. Space may fill before the deadline.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

Plein Air Magazine & Southwest Art Magazine

Prizes Details: 

More than $9,000 in cash and prizes.

Deadline: 
08/07/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$195 or $175 for Mendocino Art Center members
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Mendocino Open Paint Out - A Plein Air Festival

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Mendocino Art Center’s
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A Plein Air Festival
September 16-22, 2019

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the seventh annual Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival. The Mendocino Coast, located along a beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean in northern California, is a spectacular setting for a plein air festival. Artists claim that the quality of light is unlike anywhere else in the world.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration. And, you will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after your visit.

Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out.

• Compete for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes, including advertisements in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art.

• Sell your artwork in daily wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space

• Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly!)

• Meet and mingle with the featured artists at a complimentary pizza party

• Enjoy festive nightly social gatherings at the Mendocino Art Center. Food and beverages available for purchase.

• Watch demonstrations hosted by featured artists

• Compete in the Quick Draw Competition & Sale

• Attend the People's Choice Party and the celebratory reception and awards presentation

• Start each day with a complimentary continental breakfast

• And, of course, paint en plein air daily!

This year's open competition is juried by our featured artists:
John Hewitt, co-founder
Karl Dempwolf
Erin Dertner
Patricia Rose Ford
Chuck Kovacic
Dennis Ziemienski

The Mendocino Open Paint Out is sponsored by:
Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art and John Hewitt

Deadline: 
08/09/2019

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$195 or $175 for Mendocino Art Center members
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