Top-Tier Works From the February Salon

Sue Simpson Gallagher, owner of the Simpson Gallagher Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the February 2021 Plein Air 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 Plein Air Magazine. The annual winners will be announced live at Plein Air Live. Could you be the next winner?

Plein Air Salon, February 2021 Winners:

1st Place Overall: “Rebirth of Light” by Nikita Budkov

Plein Air Salon February winner - oil portrait painting
Nikita Budkov, “Rebirth of Light,” oil, 12 x 16 in.

2nd Place Overall: “Red Trolley” by Richard Boyer

Oil painting of a trolley
Richard Boyer, “Red Trolley,” oil, 30 x 30 in.

3rd Place Overall: “Morning Light In River Falls” by Ben Bauer

Plein Air Salon Third Place - oil landscape
Ben Bauer, “Morning Light In River Falls,” oil, 12 x 24 in.

Best Plein Air: “Coal Carts, Winter” by Karl Terry

Plein Air Salon - winter landscape
Karl Terry, “Coal Carts, Winter,” oil, 12 x 16 in.

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

The next round of the Plein Air Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends soon. Enter your best art in the Plein Air Salon here.

About the Plein Air Salon:

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 Plein Air 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 Plein Air 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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