PleinAir Salon art competition -
1st Place Overall: $1,000 Prize; John Whytock, "Alley Kitty," oil, 20 x 16 in.

Seth Hopkins, Executive Director of the Booth Museum, has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon art competition.

Due to the coronavirus and the rescheduling of the Plein Air Convention & Expo, where the annual PleinAir Salon Awards are presented, the annual salon competition will be extended. Could you be the next winner?

The bi-monthly competition will have three periods added to it, and the awards will be presented at the Plein Air Convention on August 11 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Congratulations to the winners of the April 2020 PleinAir Salon! The 1st Place Overall winner is shown above; keep scrolling to see more winners and learn how to enter your best paintings and drawings today!

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.

1st Place Overall: John Whytock, “Alley Kitty” (shown at top)

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2nd Place Overall
Kathie Odom, “A Winter’s Nap,” 20 x 30 in., oil
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3rd Place Overall
Kerne Erickson, “Barrelin’ Along,” 24 x 40 in., acrylic
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Best Plein Air
Bill Breidenbach, “Bathers, Valencia, Spain,” oil on canvas, private collection

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

The May PleinAir Salon, judged by J. Ben Whiteside, founder of Whiteside Galleries and Morris & Whiteside Auctions, has begun. But hurry, this competition ends soon. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

About the PleinAir Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with six bi-monthly cycles leading to annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $27,000 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 bi-monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each bi-monthly competition will also be entered into the annual competition.

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