PleinAir Salon art competition -
1st Place Overall: $1,000 Prize Kyle Ma, "Sunlit Pastures"

Ben Whiteside, President of The Red Piano Art Gallery, has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the May 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 in Santa Fe on August 11, 2020. Could you be the next winner?

We asked Whiteside to share this thoughts on the top three winners of this cycle:

“I have to say that I was impressed by the overall quality of the almost 1,000 entries,” Whiteside said. “The winning painting, ‘Sunlit Pastures’ by Kyle Ma (shown at top), is a knockout piece. I understand that Kyle is a teenager? Are you kidding me! I love the composition and subject matter – this is a piece that I would own. There is a bright future for this young man in the art world indeed.”

PleinAir Salon art competition -
2nd Place Overall
Timothy Horn, “Ride Again”

“Timothy Horn’s painting, ‘Ride Again,’ is beautifully rendered, a nice touch with the light especially coming through the brim of her hat,” Whiteside said. “I have always been a fan of impressionism and this painting walks that line very nicely.”

PleinAir Salon art competition -
3rd Place Overall
Bob Upton, “Easton Farm Life”

“I really enjoyed the composition of Bob Upton’s ‘Easton Farm Life,’ and the Hopper vibe that you feel when viewing it,” Whiteside said. “I love architecture and especially when it is handled with a minimal presentation. Nice job Bob!”

PleinAir Salon art competition -
Best Plein Air
Ryan Jensen, “Fog Clearing Over Cattle”

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

The June PleinAir Salon, judged by Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of Irvine Museum Collection, has begun. But hurry, this competition ends soon. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

About the PleinAir Salon:

PleinAir magazine presents the ninth 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 several 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 competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition.

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