The Last Salon Winners

Seth Hopkins, Booth Western Art Museum Executive Director has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition. This concludes the 11th Annual PleinAir Salon; the winners of the annual competition will be announced at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Santa Fe, New Mexico this May!

Congratulations to the winners of the March 2022 PleinAir Salon!

First place will receive a cash prize, plus all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year, and they’ll see their painting on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. Could you be the next winner?

PleinAir Salon, March 2022 Winners:

1st Place Overall: Waiting for the Bus

Plein Air Salon winners
Richard Boyer, “Waiting for the Bus,” oil, 30 x 30 in.

2nd Place Overall: A Feminine Touch

PleinAir Salon winners
Alisa Shea, “A Feminine Touch,” watercolor, 14 x 20 in.

3rd Place Overall: Peloncillo Mountain Jaguar

PleinAir Salon winners
Patricia McWilliams, “Peloncillo Mountain Jaguar,” oil, 48 x 72 in.

Best Plein Air: Lunch Break

Richie Vios, "Lunch Break," watercolor, 20 x 16 in.
Richie Vios, “Lunch Break,” watercolor, 20 x 16 in.

Best Landscape Painting: Token Creek

Douglas Whittle, "Token Creek," oil, 24 x 48 in.
Douglas Whittle, “Token Creek,” oil, 24 x 48 in.

Best Outdoor Still Life: The Big Catch

Li Volk, "The Big Catch," charcoal, 24 x 24 in.
Li Volk, “The Big Catch,” charcoal, 24 x 24 in.

View the rest of the PleinAir Salon winners soon at
Note: Judges are not provided with contestant names.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends soon. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

New This Year! We’re now offering a People’s Choice Award in each monthly cycle, with a prize of $100! (When you enter your painting, you’ll be able to “promote your artwork” with a special link.)

About the PleinAir Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with monthly cycles leading to annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $30,000 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 monthly competition will also be entered into the annual competition.

Related Article > 3 Secrets to Winning Art Competitions


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here