Applications for Artists
2017 Plein Air Easton Competition Application & Prospectus
Monday, November 28th, 2016 (All day) to Friday, January 27th, 2017 (All day)
All applicants must provide contact information, upload three (3) digital high resolution jpeg images of plein air work painted in the past two years and pay a $50 registration fee. All applications must be submitted online by January 27, 2017 at 5:00pm EST. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Plein Air Easton staff at 410-822-7297 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Plein Air Easton?
In its 13th year, Plein Air Easton is the largest and most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the United States. The festival is the work of the Avalon Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the community through music, arts and community outreach programming. The object of Plein Air Easton is to expose the area’s vibrant arts community to a larger market and to raise funds to support the festival and the Foundation.
Artists are juried into the festival from hundreds of worldwide applicants. The artists selected for the competition make up some of the best plein air painters in the country. They travel to Easton, Maryland (located on the Chesapeake Bay) and paint for six days competing for over $30,000 in prizes.
Competition paintings produced during the week are exhibited in a local accredited museum and sold throughout the weekend. Celebrating its third year is the improved space for display of non-competition works, which provides additional opportunities for the public to view and purchase all work produced during the festival. In 2016, sales exceeded $380,000.
The entire community mobilizes in celebration of this event. Plein Air Easton and its community partners produce many events throughout the week including workshops, demonstrations, concerts and ticketed events. This year’s festival is July 15-23, 2017. To allow artists to get settled and participate in pre-festival paint-outs, host family housing will be open for artists beginning on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Artist Registration, Orientation and Canvas Stamping will take place July 14. Plein Air Easton will host a Meet the Artist Dinner and Paint Out for the competing artists, the organization’s top collectors and donors on July 15th. Public facing events begin in earnest from July 17-23rd.