Lead Image: “Desert Sentry,” by Jim Wodark, oil, 20 x 30 in. The winner of Best Oil in the April-May contest of the PleinAir Salon
The PleinAir Salon consists of six bi-monthly contests, with the First, Second, and Third Place winners of each contest, and the category winners, automatically entered into the annual competition. First prize in the annual competition is $15,000 cash and the publication of the winning image on the cover of PleinAir magazine, along with a feature story. Second Place earns an artist $3,000 and an article in the digital edition of PleinAir magazine. Third Place yields $1,500 in cash. Three additional finalists win $500. Aside from First, Second, and Third Place overall, categories include Best Oil, Best Pastel, Best Watercolor, Best Acrylic, Best Plein Air, Best Building, Best Figure in the Landscape, Best Floral, Best Landscape, Best Outdoor Still Life, Best Nocturne, Best Water, and Best Artist Under 30.
The winner of each bi-monthly contest is featured in this e-newsletter and profiled on OutdoorPainter.com. In April, the $21,000 in prizes will be awarded to the annual winners at the 2016 Plein Air Convention & Expo, in Tucson, Arizona.
The next chance that artists have to enter into the contests, and ultimately, the $21,000 big annual payout, is right now, with the deadline for the June-July contest coming up fast on July 31. For that contest, PleinAir tapped the talents of Bob Malenfant, one of the partners at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, to be the judge.