The May competition is open and is accepting entries until midnight on May 31, 2021!

Jane Bell Meyer, Founder of Illume Gallery of Fine Art, is the May judge.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You Could Win $15,000 If Your Painting Is
Chosen The Best Painting of the Year!

$30,000 in total CASH prizes

Annual Winners

1st Place

$15,000

2nd Place

$3,000

3rd Place

$1,500

Three Honorable Mentions

$1,500

Monthly Winners

1st Place Overall

$600

2nd Place Overall*

$300

3rd Place Overall*

$100

Judges

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Jane Bell Meyer

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May 2021 Judge; Founder of Illume Gallery of Fine Art

Recent Awards

10th Annual PleinAir Salon Grand Prize Winner

10th Annual Salon Finalists 2021

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The Annual Awards are judged by Kelly Kane, editor of PleinAir Magazine, and Eric Rhoads, publisher and CEO of PleinAir and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines.

Past Winners

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A Frightening Moment

Kathleen Hudson won the $15,000 prize in 2017 and her painting appeared on the cover of PleinAir magazine.

But have you heard the story of how her winning painting was almost destroyed?

Make sure you watch this video. It will have your palms sweating. After all … it could happen to you.

Dear Artists,

  • If you’ve never entered, it only takes a couple of minutes to create your own account. Once you do that, just upload the images of your best work and select the categories you wish to enter – very manageable to do!
  • All of our awards are CA$H, with the grand prize winner getting called up on stage at the Convention & Expo to claim their BIG FAT check for $15,000. That grand prize winner will also have their winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine (can it get any better?).
  • There are smaller cash awards, too, and you can find out all about them here.
  • And remember, even if a previous judge did not select your painting, our current judge just might find it to be a winner!

As if cash prizes weren’t enough, just imagine what winning in the PleinAir Salon could do to bring awareness to you and your artwork – now you can’t place a price on that, can you?

Now is the time, and this could be YOUR chance to be discovered and recognized as a true professional artist (or an amazing amateur, whichever you prefer!).

Pick your best work and enter now while it’s right at your fingertips. You DO NOT want to miss out on this opportunity!

Our Best,
Your Team at the PleinAir Salon

PS: Go ahead, take a chance and enter one or more paintings into the PleinAir Salon. Most of our winners never thought they would have their artwork selected for a prize … just imagine their delight when they were chosen! You deserve to see if your art is a winner, so enter now and start dreaming about what you will do with all that cash if you’re selected!

Enter your artwork now!