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1 Nov 2023

Internet November PleinAir Salon $50,000 Art Competition

PleinAir Magazine Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

PleinAir Magazine

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: November 30, 2023 – In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, PleinAir magazine presents the 13th Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. Designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition, artists can earn cash prizes on a monthly and annual basis, as well as exposure of their work across multiple venues.

Because this competition is created by PleinAir magazine, which features not only plein air paintings, but also studio paintings, all types of paintings are eligible and do not need to have been completed in plein air. Our interest is in rewarding great paintings.

Competition is open to residents of any state or country where acceptable by law. All individuals entering must be at least 18 years of age to accept cash prizes.

The PleinAir Salon $50,000 Art Competition is a monthly online competition consisting of 19 categories.

Monthly Awards
$25,800 in Cash Prizes:

  • First Place Overall – $600
  • Second Place Overall – $300
  • Third Place Overall – $200
  • People’s Choice Award – $100
  • Category Awards – $50 (each category)

Annual Awards
$24,200 in Cash Prizes:

  • First Place Overall – $15,000 + the cover of PleinAir Magazine
  • Second Place Overall – $3,000
  • Third Place Overall – $2,000
  • People’s Choice Award – $500
  • Honorable Mentions (3) – $700
  • Best Medium (4) – $400

The Annual Awards will be presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in May 2024… plus much more

The November 2023 Judge is Skip Whitcomb.

Mood and feeling are more important with Whitcomb than visual reference, though all of his landscapes he paints are compelling places,” says one museum curator. “The detail of the physical world is subdued in response to the spiritual one.” Whitcomb says, “Once you internalize the language of painting you see the world differently. It never leaves you. The veil of rational order is lifted and what hangs in the air are sensations of painted possibilities. On good days, some would call it poetry.”

An accomplished outdoor painter, Whitcomb has received numerous awards for his landscape paintings in oil and pastel, his work resides in major public and private collections… see more

Past judges include persons such as Kevin Macpherson, Peggy Immel, Diane Waterhouse, Waterhouse Gallery Owner; Mr. Jean Stern, Director Emeritus, The Irvine Museum; Scott A. Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator at the Crocker Art Museum, and many more.

See low early bird entry fees… Visit us for details.

Visit us online for more details and easy online application. Enter as many paintings as you would like, in as many categories as you would like — paintings do not need to be recent or currently in your possession.

Also see our past past monthly and Grand Prize winners on our website.


What does this logo mean?

Published bi-monthly, PleinAir Magazine™ is focused on landscape paintings by historical and contemporary artists, art collections, events, and the process of creating plein air paintings. Beautifully designed with rich reproductions on high-quality paper, PleinAir features the top artists and artworks from around the world.

Opportunity Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Internet. Opportunity Tags: Deadlines 11 Nov thru Dec, Open to Artists Worldwide, and Special Opportunities. Benefits: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition - Group, Exhibition - Online, In-Kind Benefit, and Publication.

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