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September PleinAir Salon $50,000 Online Art Competition

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Event History

For 12 years The PleinAir Salon Art Competition has been awarding cash prizes and promoting artists. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with 12 monthly cycles, leading to the annual PleinAir Salon winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The art competition rewards artists with over $50,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine. Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition that is awarded each spring.

What Makes this event different?

This is an entirely online competition. There is no mailing your artwork for an exhibit. You can submit paintings whether they have won another competition or not. The Grand Prize winner receives a check for $15,000 and their artwork gets 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.

Call for Entries for Plein Air Painters

The PleinAir Salon Art Competition is a monthly art competition conducted online that awards over $50,000 each year. Over $2,000 in Cash Prizes are awarded each month, and $22,000 get  awarded during the Annual Competition each May. Each of the 23 monthly winners are included in the judging for the 13th Annual PleinAir Salon where we award the Grand Prize winner a check for $15,000 and feature their painting on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. The Annual Awards will be presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in May 2024.

For more information about this art compettion for Pleain Air Painters, please visit the Event Website.


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