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May PleinAir Salon $33,000 Art Competition

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Event History

The PleinAir Salon Art Competition has awarded cash prizes and promoted artists for 12 years. In the spirit of the French Salon, created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this art competition is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The annual competition has 11 monthly cycles that lead to the annual PleinAir Salon winners. The art competition rewards artists with over $33,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine. Winners of each monthly competition may receive exposure and recognition through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, and social media. Winners of each competition get entered into the annual competition that is awarded each spring.

What Makes this event different?

This is an online competition. There is no mailing your work for an exhibit. You can submit paintings whether they have won a prize in another competition or not. Each Grand Prize winner gets a check for $15,000 and their artwork is featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine, which is the #1 representational art magazine at Barnes & Noble. The winners of each monthly competition are automatically entered into the running for the Annual Competition and that $15,000 check!

Copyright Policy

By entering the PleinAir Salon, you agree that you are submitting images of your own original artwork and not that of other artists or material in which you do not hold the copyright. The original work does not have to currently be in your possession.

Image Usage Rights

You are also agreeing, in advance, to have your submitted artwork and your image published to any print or digital/electronic property of Streamline Publishing, Inc. This includes, but is not limited to, print and digital magazines, newsletters, websites, e-mails, social media pages, and promotional materials in perpetuity.

Art Competition

The PleinAir Salon $33,000 Art Competition is a monthly online competition that consists of nineteen categories. We award over $33,000 each year for this competition. The Annual Grand Prize winner gets check for $15,000 and is featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. We award an additional $6,500 to the annual winners and award $1,100 monthly to the top three winners of each competition as well as a People’s Choice Award. Each of the 23 monthly winners will be automatically entered into the Annual Competition. The annual awards are presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo each spring.

For more information about this art competition, please visit the Event Website.


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