Check out the 24 award opportunities & cash prizes for 2018!!

Welcome artists! Plein Air is an outdoor painting festival, art sale, and painting competition for artists of all levels, and offers more than $10,000 in prizes! The main competition offers 3 categories (Oil/Acrylic,  Wet Media and Dry Media) to compete in. The Moab Arts & Recreation is located at 111 East 100 North. We are changing things up and adding some NEW & and exciting events and paint out locations!


Dark Skies, Bright Stars: Nocturne Paint Out

Painting location: 50-mile radius of Moab •  Awards & Stamp-in: At the MARC 111 East 100 North

Competition Stamp-in:  Monday, October 8th, 2018 • 6:00pm   
Competition Turn-in: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 • Starts at 9am (during Art Sale turn-in)
Awards and Reception: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 • 7:00pm

Open to all registered artists. Go pick your favorite spot surrounded by tall red cliffs, mountain and river scenes, and the darkest new moon sky,  you're sure to be inspired. 

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Place- $500
  • 2nd Place- $300
  • 3rd Place- $200
  • 2 Honorable Mentions- Free registration for 2019


Arches National Park Painting Competition

Painting location: At Arches National Park North on Hwy 191 • Awards & Stamp-in: At the MARC 111 East 100 North

Competition Stamp-in: Thursday, October 11th, 2018 • 5pm to 9pm
Competition Turn-in: Friday, October 12th, 2018 • Hung no later than 6pm
Awards & Reception: Friday, October 12th, 2018 • 7:00pm


Artists will be encouraged to carpool in order to eliminate Park congestion and reduce entry fees. This event will be open to all registered artists and participants will be allowed to paint through-out most of the park. 
2018 Park Entry Fees: $30 per vehicle

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Place- $500
  • 2nd Place- $300
  • People's Choice- $200
  • 2 Honorable Mentions- Free registration for 2019


MAIN COMPETITION: 14 Award Opportunities

At the MARC 111 East 100 North

Main Competition turn-in: Friday, October 12th, 2018 from 9am - 11am at the MARC. No late exceptions!
Main Competition Awards Ceremony: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at  • 10:30am at the MARC.


The main competition awards and presentation are open to the public, and followed by an Art Sale. Competition winners are announced and the following prizes will be awarded:

  • Best Of Show (Purchase Award)- $1,350
  • 1st Place Dry Media- $1,250
  • 1st Place Wet Media- $1,250
  • 1st Place Oil/ Acrylic- $1,250
  • Artist's Choice (voted by the registered artists)- $750
  • 2nd Place Dry Media- $500
  • 2nd Place Wet Media- $500
  • 2nd Place Oil/Acrylic- $500
  • Honorable Mention, 6 in ANY CATEGORY- $100 each

Please note there is NO limit to the number of surfaces you can have stamped. One painting may be submitted for the Main Competition per category, and it must have been completed within 50 surrounding miles of Moab (outdoors) during the festival. Up to 2 paintings may be submitted for the Art Sales.

Regarding art sales: Recent, regional, plein air art work will be accepted. You are responsible for frames and displays. Some tables will be provided. Space is limited and available on a first come basis. Be aware we may update the schedule before the event.

2017 Plein Air Moab award winners!!

2016 Plein Air Moab Award Winners!!