Eleinne Basa, "Afternoon in Provence," 2020, oil, 10 x 14 in.

Art has come out of some of the darkest times in human history, acting as a beacon of hope. The 2020 pandemic is no different.

The Great American Paint In is now documenting the works of hope that some of America’s greatest artists have produced during their COVID-19 isolation and as the country begins to reopen. The juried collection, which continues to grow by the day, is available for viewing at www.thegreatpaint-in.com.

Jeff Gola, “Iris Farm, South Jersey,” 2020, egg tempera, 11 x 14 in.

The Great American Paint In aims to capture this unique moment in history through art. Pieces can be any form, medium or size but must convey the emotions and viewpoints of the artists from their corners of the world during this experience.

David Arsenault, “Going Towards the Light,” 2020, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.

The project currently has pieces from artists in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and beyond. Participants include Eleinne Basa, Garin J Baker, Hillary Scott, and more.

Collectors can purchase works from the website. The organizers will collect the works in a tabletop art history book when the project is complete.

Shawn Krueger, “Evening Marsh,” 2020, oil on panel, 5.5 x 9 in.

Works of art and related stories are currently being accepted for the project. To submit an application, artists should visit www.thegreatpaint-in.com/submissions and fill out a form. A panel of judges will review each application.

The Great American Paint In is the project of Bill and Mary Weinaug, art collectors and owners of Gallery CERO, an art gallery under development at their riverside property north of Orlando, Florida.

Sam Vokey, “Sanctuary,” 2020, oil on fine linen, 20 x 22 in.

“We have always been huge supporters of the arts,” Bill Weinaug said. “Seeing the pieces these artists are producing during this time of isolation is incredible. Each piece we add to the collection is a new facet in the story of this pandemic. That’s what we hope to document.”

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  1. I love the idea of this project. I went to the website and viewed every submission. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of diversity among the artists. The Great American Paint In should represent the diversity of this great nation.


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