Painting Exhibitions and Events

Discover upcoming artist events, art exhibitions, paint-outs, quick draws, Invitationals, and more for plein air artists and collectors.

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6 Million Acres of Painting Possibilities

From rivers to mountaintops, participants in the 2020 Adirondack Plein Air Festival recorded views in every corner of the park. Take in some of the sights here.
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for March 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!

Rare Show of Anders Zorn Paintings & Drawings

The first international loan exhibition and catalog in more than 25 years dedicated to one of our favorite artists, Anders Zorn (1860-1920), is about...

Moving On…

Being an artist is an epic journey — an odyssey, if you will. It involves exploration, experimentation, and evolution. Artist Bill Sawczuk has just mounted a great exhibition that explores how he evolves —and it deserves your attention. Where can you view it?

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!

Grand Canyon, Grand Celebration

PleinAir Today can’t go too long without mentioning the Grand Canyon again because, well, it’s such a magnetic subject for outdoor painters, event organizers, and so much more. One of the largest events involving plein air and the canyon — the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art — recently concluded with those familiar fantastic results.

Masters of the West Returns

The Autry’s “Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale” is considered one of the country’s premier Western art shows. In 2018, the exhibition returns with great excitement and anticipation. When does it begin?
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A Plein Air Festival That’s Gaining Ground

Get a recap of a Southwest plein air festival and see who won first place in the various categories.
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More Favorite Moments From the Plein Air Convention

Live podcasts on stage; demos in pastel, oil, and watercolor; our 2020 location reveal; pictures from an epic ’60s/’70s dance party, and more!
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Paint for One Whole Week This October

Get away and do nothing but paint for an entire week … you deserve it!
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for March 2021

Spring is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Ultimate Guide! As a special bonus, we're even including advice for 2021 art event organizers so you can make it the best year yet.

EXHIBITION: Plein Air in Deming, New Mexico

From January 3-26, plein air artists from the Deming, New Mexico, area have works on view at the Deming Arts Center.

Results from Jefferson

A juried group of around 30 artists set out to capture historic buildings, churches, and the Rock and Crawfish rivers in Jefferson, Wisconsin, in June for a friendly plein air competition. Who did judges William A. Suys, Jr., Paula Swaydan-Gredel, and Terrence Coffman favor?

Weekend Opportunity: Durham Bison Ranch in Wyoming

We’re just a few days away from a great plein air opportunity in Wyoming this weekend at the Durham Bison Ranch.  Registration is affordable and still open!  Feeling spontaneous?

Framing Life

The Detroit Institute of Arts recently mounted an intimate exhibition surrounding a brilliant painting by this Impressionist master.

Plein Air in British Columbia

Learn about the next plein air retreat hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists.
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Plein Air Artists of Colorado Fine Art Exhibition

If you find yourself near Durango, Colorado, soon, you can view almost 200 plein air paintings that are on view. See where in this exhibition preview.

Painting Outdoors in Richmond, Indiana

Coming soon: The Richmond Art Museum is hosting a day of study, painting, and networking.
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National Museum of Wildlife Art: 2020 Plein Air Fest

This year, rather than watching artists work on the Sculpture Trail, videos on the museum's social media channels and website will showcase paintings in progress and interviews with the painters.
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Painting the Landscape in Ireland: Art in the Open Winners

In its 14th year, this annual festival hosted 100 artists painting and capturing the stunning landscape of the Sunny South East, County Wexford in Ireland.
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