Judges

Judging of the Plein Air Competitions occurs Thursday, September 28.  The competition judges will be available in the Exhibit Hall on Friday, September 29 from 9 AM to 10 AM to discuss the judging criteria and selection process.  This year’s judges are highlighted below.


Sandy Bell is a graphic designer with a love of books in her blood. She operates Sandy Bell Design from her studio in Springdale, Utah, in Zion Canyon. Her most recent work involves translating the natural world with graphics that inspire and educate—reflecting her love for the natural beauty of the Colorado Plateau. Sandy also keeps journals of her travels and explorations, and hand binds leather books. She loves typography, good food, film, and all things vintage.  See some of Sandy’s work here.


Wayne Geary, a Salt Lake City, Utah based artist served as the 2013 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Artist in Residence.  His work ranges from watercolors of canyon streams to large public installations.

Wayne has exhibited his work extensively in California, New Mexico, and Utah. His paintings are represented in public and private collections in New York, Conneticut, New Mexico, and Utah. In 2002, during the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, he was included in an exhibit honoring the most significant 100 Utah artists from the past 150 years. He has also been awarded a number of art commissions. These range from a large outdoor sculpture complex along the Jordan River in Salt Lake City, to works in schools and hospitals in the area to a mosaic project in Salt Lake’s Cathedral of the Madeleine.

To see some of Wayne’s work, please visit his website.


Maureen Sheldon is a New England-based artist who won the Best of Show Award for Mixed Media in last year’s competition.  She has spent decades as a leading contributor to advanced printing technologies, business, and manufacturing solutions in the global environment.  Listed as Inventor on European and US Patents, an award winning Artist, she is creating Art and Products from the amalgamation of her design and technical prowess.

 An outdoors lover and environmentalist at heart, Maureen is currently vice chair at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and a New England delegate for Wilderness preservation.  Many of her creative inspirations come from these interests and appreciations.

To see some of Maureen’s work, please visit her website.