Judging of the Plein Air Competitions occurs Thursday, September 27.  The competition judges will be available in the Exhibit Hall on Friday, September 28 from 9 AM to 10 AM to discuss the judging criteria and selection process.  This year’s judges are highlighted below.

Arlene Braithwaite

Pastel painter Arlene Braithwaite lives in southwest Utah, surrounded by the landscape that inspires her work. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Utah, then enjoyed a lengthy career teaching art at Southern Utah University. Braithwaite now paints full time when she isn’t exploring the area’s numerous canyons and expansive plateaus. She shares her love of pastels through presentations and workshops. She has had numerous solo exhibitions including shows at the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City, the Springville Museum in Springville, the Jacob Spori Gallery in Rexburg Idaho, and the St Geourge Art Museum, St George. See her work here .


Lewis Williams

Iconographer and artist, protégé of world-renowned master iconographer Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, Lewis Williams has been creating art for over 30 years. It’s his life and vocation. He earned his BFA\painting from Northern Arizona University (1983), and an MFA\ painting from Utah State University (1991). Lewis’s art interests are wide and varied in all paint and drawing media, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Since 2012, he has returned to exploring sacred landscapes in plein air and studio works. His teaching experience is extensive, most recently as an Arts Educator with Senior Citizens in Montrose, Colorado. His work has been awarded in many Plein Air events, as well as many national and international juried competitions, with work held in many private collections. Earning three Artist in Residence positions with the BLM, his work was the single piece chosen for reproduction to promote their parks in 2014. Lewis resides in Montrose, Colorado.  See his work here.


Gregory Summers 

Born in the Flint Hills, Greg began his professional career at Hallmark Cards. A Master Engraver, he now travels the country to paint plein air. He has served the artistic community as a vice-President of the Greater Kansas City Artists Association and a co-founder of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, and the Brush Creek painting competition in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chosen in 2017 by the top American art publications for the “Artists of the New Century” exhibit at the Bennington Art Gallery, Summers has embraced the world of painting outdoors, winning awards from coast to coast alongside the nation’s best plein air and studio artists. Summers teaches painting workshops across the country as well as teaching staff at the Plein Air Convention and Expo. See  his work here.