PleinAir Salon art competition -
"Winter Serenity" (oil, 23.6x18 in.) by Eugenia Alekseyev

George Billis of the George Billis Gallery, NYC and LA, has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the August 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. The annual winners will be announced on stage at the next Plein Air Convention. Could you be the next winner?

1st Place Overall – $600 Prize
“Winter Serenity” (oil, 23.6×18 in.) by Eugenia Alekseyev (shown at top)

“Eugenia Alekseyev’s artwork put me in the landscape,” Billis said. “I felt the moment, the shadows, the snow and cold, the landscape embraced me in its conviction.”

2nd Place Overall – $300 Prize
“Trestle Shadow” (oil, 28 x 40 in.) by Joe Paquet

“Joe Paquet’s use of multiple perspectives and his combination of landscape and cityscape created a painting with multiple levels of foreground and background, each with its unique sense of space and composition,” Billis said.

PleinAir Salon art competition -
“Trestle Shadow” (oil, 28 x 40 in.) by Joe Paquet

3rd Place Overall – $100 Prize
“Dawn on Ashworth Avenue” (acrylic, 12 x 16 in.) by Gareth Jones

“Gareth Jones’s painting showed the artist’s confidence as a colorist and fluid painter in his ‘anywhere USA’ row home lined street,” Billis said.

PleinAir Salon art competition -
“Dawn on Ashworth Avenue” (acrylic, 12 x 16 in.) by Gareth Jones

Best Plein Air
“Light on the Dock” (oil, 12 x 20 in.) by Antwan Ramar

PleinAir Salon art competition -
“Light on the Dock” (oil, 12 x 20 in.) by Antwan Ramar

View the rest of the PleinAir Salon winners 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.

PleinAir Salon Awards Ceremony: You’re Invited!

The 9th annual winners will be announced ONLINE on September 25th at 8:00 pm ET. Join PleinAir Publisher Eric Rhoads, Editor-in-Chief Kelly Kane, and Online Editor Cherie Dawn Haas, and watch us award $30,000 in prize money to the best painters of the year. Click here to register for free!

About the PleinAir Salon:

PleinAir magazine presents the annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. 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 $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 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.

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