Last year’s grand prize winner,

PleinAir magazine recently announced its judges for upcoming installments in the 3rd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition, and the lineup includes names most everyone will recognize.

Visit the Salon’s website to learn more and to enter the contest.

Dr. J. Mark Sublette, the founder of Medicine Man Gallery, in Santa Fe and in Tucson, Arizona, was the judge for the April/May installment of the competition. Sublette is one of the foremost experts on seminal plein air artist Maynard Dixon, and he is an author, photographer, and former physician.

The judge for the June/July contest is Robin Knowlton, founder of Knowlton Gallery, in Lodi, California. Knowlton Gallery represents many prominent plein air painters, and the gallery also hosts painting workshops.

The judge for the August/September contest, artist Skip Whitcomb

The August/September contest will be judged by artist Skip Whitcomb. He is a member of Plein-Air Painters of America and a popular workshop instructor.

Nancy Tankersley will be the judge for the October/November installment of the PleinAir Salon Competition. Tankersley is a contemporary impressionist painter and one of the founding forces behind Plein Air Easton, as owner of the South Street Art Gallery and as co-owner and director of the Easton Studio & School, in Easton, Maryland. She is a member of many artist organizations, including Oil Painters of America.

The December 2013/January 2014 judge will be Scott Shields, associate director and chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. Shields, who holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, is the author of numerous scholarly articles and show catalogs.

Evelyn Trebilcock, the judge for the February/March 2014 contest, has served as curator of Olana, the home and 250-acre designed landscape of American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, since 2000. She has organized several traveling exhibitions and co-authored scholarly texts on Church’s art and role in the Hudson River School.

The PleinAir Salon Competition awards more than $210,000 in prizes — plus the cover of PleinAir magazine, with six opportunities per year to win. For more information or to submit an entry to the contest, visit the competition’s website.


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