2023 Plein Air Competition

The competition is Closed.

About The Competition

The Brigham City Museum of Art and History invites painters of all levels to share their vision of Utah in the 2023 Plein Air Competition.

Plein Air competitions are community challenges for artists of all ages, backgrounds, skills, and experience levels to celebrate the beauty and wonder of Utah’s natural world. The spirit of plein air requires artists to paint their entries entirely “out in the open air” with only a very short time in which to paint, frame, and submit their entries.

Judges place a high value on pieces with strong design, defined focal points, balanced use of darks and lights, and a feeling of presence.


  • 02 Sept 2023, 10:00 AM MST
    Competition Opens (Stamping Begins)
  • 23 Sept 2023, 5:00 PM MST
    Entry Deadline (Artwork Due)
  • 25 Sept 2023
    Judging Begins
  • 30 Sept 2023
    Exhibition Opens
  • 18 Nov 2023
    Award Ceremony, Noon (In-person & Streaming)
  • 18 Nov 2023
    Exhibition Closes
  • 03 Dec 2023, 5:00 PM MST
    Deadline to Pick Up Artwork

Official Poster

for 2023 Plein Air Competition


  • Entry Fee is $35 per entrant, payable upon painting surface/canvas stamping.
  • Up to three works can be submitted.

All Submissions Must:

  • Have the authentication stamp on the back of the actual painting surface/canvas and be created outside in the open air between 09/02/2023 and 09/23/2023.
  • Not exceed 40” in width.
  • Be ready to hang with strong hanging wire attached using D rings, O rings, or similar (The use of claw/sawtooth hangers will result in an automatic disqualification)
  • Have an accompanying high-resolution image for marketing and publicity efforts (Images can be sent via Google Drive, Dropbox, or another large file-sharing tool to museum@bcutah.org. We also accept USB thumb drives)
  • Include a title, artist statement, medium used, and site location (Complete the online Artwork Submission Form or provide a printed copy of the Artwork Submission PDF)

Support the Museum

While getting your canvas stamp, you can pick up a 5×7 Petite Plein Air canvas to work on. Use this canvas to create a miniature plein air piece as a donation.

Petite Plein Air pieces are available for purchase during the Exhibition for $50. The proceeds support the programs and staff at Brigham City Museum of Art, History, and Nature.

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The museum is located in Brigham City’s Community Center at the corner of Forest Street and 3rd West.