PleinAir Salon December 2020 Winners Revealed

Scott A. Shields of the Crocker Art Museum, has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the December 2020 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. The annual winners will be announced on stage at the next Plein Air Convention. Could you be the next winner?

1st Place Overall: “Wet Hair” by Johannes Wessmark

Acrylic painting of a woman swimming - PleinAir Salon winner
Johannes Wessmark, “Wet Hair,” acrylic, 40 x 30 in.

2nd Place Overall: “Old Soil House” by Mukesh Thapa

Oil painting of an outdoor scene - PleinAir Salon 2nd Place
Mukesh Thapa, “Old Soil House,” oil, 24 x 32 in.

3rd Place Overall: “Before the Snow” by Moran-Handzlik

Still life painting of flowers - PleinAir Salon 3rd Place
Bethann Moran-Handzlik, “Before the Snow,” oil, 20 x 16 in.

Best Plein Air: “Tagged” by Joe Paquet

Plein air landscape oil painting
Joe Paquet, “Tagged,” oil, 28 x 40 in.

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.

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 $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.


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