2022 Plein Air Competition

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Registration
Competition

2022 Plein Air Competition Registration is now live.  All participating artists must check-in and have their canvases stamped for the main competition. Welcome packets and schedules will be provided. Artists will be asked to accept the rules and guidelines upon check-in. Get here early so you have more time to paint!

Registration includes:
  • Main Competition 

  • Entry of 2 paintings in the Art Sale 

Registration Fees:

  • Before September 16th: $30

  • After September 16th and walk-ins: $45

  • Student: Free*

Workshops:

Two optional workshops will be offered for free and can host up to 12 painters. More information for the plein air workshops can be found here

By registering, artists acknowledge and authorize the use of photos taken throughout this event, which may include artists and their art work, for promotional use online and in printed materials for future events. Further, artists acknowledge and agree to Red Rock Arts Festival retaining 30% of the sale price of individual art sales generated during the event. 

*Reach out to lallred@moabcity.org for the discount code for registration if you are a student. Proof of student status is required (for example a student ID,  or current class schedule).

It is suggested that you bring ALL the supplies and frames that you will need. We do NOT have an art supply store in town, the nearest supplies are in Grand Junction, Colorado (1 1/2 hours drive from Moab)

The 2022 Red Rock Arts Festival's Plein Air Competition will consist of one competition over five days. The following categories are all acceptable mediums in the competition and all will be judged together. 

  • Wet Media

  • Dry Media

  • Oil/Acrylic

Competition turn-in is at the MARC Wednesday, October 5th from 5pm to 6pm.

Stamp In

Friday, September 30h from 5pm-7pm and Monday, October 3rd from 8am-10am.

Prizes & Awards

The 2022 Red Rock Arts Festival's Plein Air Competition will have two award categories with cash prizes.

  • 1st Place in the Competition for $500

  • People's Choice Award for $250

Competition awards announcements and judges talk will take place Saturday, October 8th at 5pm during the Street Festival. Paintings will be on display at the MARC starting on Thursday the 6th and people can place their votes through Saturday at 4pm. 

Rules & Guidelines

Plein air painting is a painting completed in the field, on location and “in the moment.” Please note there is NO limit to the number of surfaces you can have stamped. Two paintings may be submitted for judging in the Competition and they must have been completed 90% on site and within 50 surrounding miles of Moab, during the festival. Paintings must be framed or gallery wrapped and ready for hanging upon entry. The maximum size of any painting is 24″ X 24” (not including the frame and matte). 

 

**It is suggested that you bring ALL the supplies and frames that you will need. We do NOT have an art supply store in town, the nearest supplies are in Grand Junction, Colorado (1 1/2 hours drive from Moab)

Art Sales

Art Sale Submissions will be accepted on Wednesday, October 5th, 5pm - 6pm 

Moab Arts (the MARC) is delighted to offer registered artists space to display up to two paintings for sale no larger then 24"x 24" (not including the frame and matting).  All pieces in the Art Sale MUST be framed or gallery wrapped, and ready to hang on a wall.  The Art Sale is open to the public Friday Oct. 7th - Sunday Oct. 9th, and Red Rock Arts Festival retains a 30% commission on all sales. Our team will notify you when your pieces sell.

 

Artists should plan to collect remaining artwork at the MARC on Sunday, October 9th by 8pm.

Plein Air Meeting , Competition Future

Moab Arts wants to provide the space for the plein air community to come together during the festival to talk about the future of a large scale plein air competition returning to Moab. 

 

Moab Arts is collecting feedback from this year's event via paper and online surveys and will use that feedback to plan for future festivals. Our goals in 2022 were to celebrate different mediums of art, encourage participation, and activate public spaces. The plein air competition element is only one part of a multimeida festival—not the focus. That said, we want to support the plein air artists in our community and if there is a way we can aid in planning a future independent plein air competition in Moab, please reach out to staff. 

This meeting is open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday Oct. 7th in the MARC Side Yard.