From a paint-out at a previous Plein Air Convention & Expo
From a paint-out at a previous Plein Air Convention & Expo

Take advantage of these art and plein air painting events and opportunities from our 2024 Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.

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Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Dates: Through January 15, 2024
Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Conservancy
Venue: Grand Canyon National Park
Format: Juried
Contact: Kathy Duley
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 480.277.0458
Celebration of Art provides a vibrant experience for visitors, a venue for artists inspired by the canyon, and a successful fundraiser to benefit a dedicated art venue at the park. Artists paint for a week at the South Rim, capturing the colors and light as the sun moves across the layers of the canyon. A sale and exhibition follow at Kolb Studio.


Paint the Desert
Dates: January 12-February 4, 2024
Opening Reception: January 20, 2024
Sponsoring Organization: Desert Plein Air Association
Venue: Artists Center at the Galen, Palm Desert
Format: Open
Juror(s) of Awards: Steven Biller, Crystal Curtis, George Stern
Award Total: $1,000
Contact: Diane Moore
Phone: 760.485.6798
E-mail: [email protected]
Our previous Festivals have been a big success, and we are happy to build on that in 2024 by offering an expanded exhibition of three weeks. The 2024 “Paint the Desert” Festival will be presented at the premier museum-quality galleries of the Artists Council at the Galen in Palm Desert.

Online and Coming Soon

5th Annual Plein Air Live
Dates: March 6-8, 2024, with Essential Techniques Day on March 5
Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine
Venue: Online
Transform your skills with insider secrets, techniques & demos from 24 of the World’s Best Plein Air Artists! If you want to skip years of struggle and frustration… progress your painting skills at the speed of light… and uncover the exhilarating world of painting in open air environments … then Plein Air Live is the most unmissable event of the year (and possibly your life).

Plein Air Convention & Expo
Dates: May 20-24, 2024
Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine
Location: The Great Smoky Mountains and Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
Over 80 expert artists and 5 days of teaching and painting! All training sessions are indoors on giant high-definition screens. Beginners and Pros feel right at home. Every year, the Plein Air Convention brings the foremost artists in their fields to share their best practices and techniques with you for five days of high-impact art instruction. It’s your chance to be part of a family of artists and to learn from the very top painters in the world.

PleinAir Salon Art Competition
Date: Monthly
Sponsoring Organization: Streamline Publishing / PleinAir Magazine
Enter the PleinAir Salon $50,000 Art Competition. This is open to all artists and not just for plein air painters. You could win $15,000 and be on the cover of PleinAir Magazine!

Stay tuned for more painting events coming online or near your hometown! We’ll post next month’s painting events soon!


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