Painting and Art Awards

Discover the these winners of recent painting competitions, including the PleinAir Salon, regional festivals, juried exhibitions, and more!

Results from Plein Air Washington

Sequoia Gallery + Studios in Hillsboro, Oregon, was the proud host once again for the annual Plein Air @ Washington County event. Find out here who reigned supreme in the Pacific Northwest.

Bath County Beauties

A large contingency of world-class plein air painters recently participated in the Fifth Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival in Virginia, which resulted in a stunning array of paintings. Which ones earned ribbon distinction? Find out here!

Victorious at Ohio Plein Air

The 14th Annual Ohio Plein Air Competition recently wrapped up in Bay Village, Ohio, where more than 50 artists competed for the eye of judges Dawn Whitelaw and Robin Roberts.

Plein-ARC

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) recently introduced a ninth category in the 13th International Salon Competition. Bet you can guess what it is!

Quick Draw and Quick Sales in Wyoming

The Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, brought in over $1 million in art sales. Of these terrific sales, the Saturday morning Quick Draw brought in almost $113,000, sold under the auctioneer Troy Black on the freezing, rainy, snowy day of September 23.

Results from Chincoteague

Fifty fine artists from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond assembled in Chincoteague and Assateague in Virginia for a paint-out, show, and sale. Who took home hardware?

Seductive Solomons

The historic Solomons Island in Maryland was host once again to a vibrant plein air competition and festival, with names both familiar and new earning those prized ribbons, bragging rights, and cash. Who were they?

Results from Mendocino

The fifth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO) recently concluded in California in which six prestigious featured artists and 64 participating artists created 438 works in total. Which of these rose to the top?

Carmel to Canvas

The 4th annual “Carmel on Canvas” plein air paint-out was held Friday to Sunday, September 15-17, featuring 60 highly acclaimed artists competing for over $13,000 in prizes. Who did judge Shaun Thomas Dingwerth delight?

EXHIBITION: A Journey Along California’s Coast

The California Art Club (CAC) highlights one of the defining characteristics of the Golden State — its awe-inspiring shoreline — during a must-see exhibition titled “A Journey Along the California Coast,” on view now through...

Minnesota Nice

Plein Air Grand Marais, a Minnesota event that just wrapped up its awards presentation in the picturesque area along the North Shore of Lake Superior, is one of the premier plein air opportunities in the Midwest, continually drawing the region’s best artistic talent. Who captured glory in 2017?

Stern’s Well-Deserved Honor

Irvine Museum Executive Director Jean Stern recently received a significant award that honors his lifelong work in the visual arts.

Capturing Paint the Peninsula

The 5th Annual Paint the Peninsula was considered by many who attended to have been by far the best. With subjects ranging from Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, Port Townsend, and Crescent Bay to lavender fields, boats, and rusty trucks, judge Cathe Gill had some tough choices to make.

On A Mission at Mineral Point

Organizers and participating artists were on a mission in early August 2017 to create award-winning paintings — and a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere. The event was certainly fantastic, but only these artists walked away with the coveted prizes.

Adirondacks Produce Winners, Naturally

The 9th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival recently wrapped up with a first-time participant taking home the grand prize valued at $2,200. Who joined this artist in victory, and what did they receive? There’s only one way to find out...

Floyd Has Knockout Power

The Floyd Plein Air Festival is an exciting new event that grew from the success of 2016’s Plein Air Crush in Floyd, Virginia. Featuring paint-outs at Apple Ridge Farm, the Chateau Morrisette Winery, and the Blue Ridge Parkway — could you expect anything other than greatness?

Beauty Reigns Supreme in Hudson

Twenty-three regional artists recently competed for ribbon glory in Hudson, Wisconsin. The depth, skill, and range of paintings left judge Scott Lloyd Anderson with some tough decisions. Who did he decide was the “cream of the crop”? Find out here.

An Area Worth Painting

The beautiful Columbia River Gorge is a plein air painter’s dream, which is why the Pacific Northwest Plein Air festival attracts many of the country’s most vaunted artists every year. In 2017, 42 artists scaled cliffs and hiked cavernous trails to capture that perfect vista in hopes of earning the top prize.

*Correction* Schaller’s Salon Selections

Did you or your friends win? The recent winners of the PleinAir Salon, selected by world-renowned watercolorist Thomas W. Schaller, have been revealed! Find out here who took home awards and is in the running for the $15,000 Grand Prize.

How Would You Paint the OC?

A variety of great plein air works were recently created in the small town of Ocean City Maryland last week, earning several artists ribbons and cash prizes. Details here!
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