Information For Artists
Painting Competition Categories
Note: Any media can be used in each competition category and all registered artists must agree to the Rules and Guidelines.
Plein AirIf you are new to the Escalante Canyons region, this list will help you plan your painting outings.
Stamp-in Saturday, September 16 to Monday September 18; Submission Wednesday, September 20
See Stamp-in for stamp-in location and detailed times.
- Studio Work
Submission Wednesday, September 20
New for 2023, artists are invited to register to submit a studio work to the painting competition.
Studio works are judged independent of the Plein Air pieces.
Juniors Studio WorkSubmission Wednesday, September 20Juniors register based upon their school grade (Kindergarten – Grade 3, Grades 4 – 6, Grades 7 – 9, and Grades 10- 12).
New for 2023, Juniors are invited to register to submit a studio work to the competition.
Registration $5, $540 in awards, including a Junior Best of Show of $100.
Submission Wednesday, September 20Registration $25, $600 in awards.
Artists are invited to register to submit a nocturne which can be Plein Air or Studio work and does not need to be stamped.
Miniature – Fundraiser
Submission Wednesday, September 20
New for 2023, artists are invited to register to submit a miniature piece (image no larger then 5″ x 7″, framed and ready to hang).
Miniature pieces can be Plein Air or Studio works and do not need to be stamped.
Any and all proceeds from the sale of miniature pieces will be donated by the artist and the festival to Escalante Care & Share Food Bank.
Registration $10, $600 in awards.
- Quick Draw
Saturday September, 23 1 pm – 4 pm. Stamp-in at entrance to Plein Air Exhibit Tent 12:30 -1:00 PM
Artists will have 3 hours to complete a painting – images may be used for inspiration. The painting occurs within the periphery of the town park and festival attendees select the “Quick Draw People’s Choice” winner. Artwork may be sold off the easel.
Registration $25, $250 People’s Choice award.
Paint-Out “Paint the Town”Thursday September 21, 11 am to Friday, September 22 1:00 pm
Artists will have 24 hours to complete a painting within the approximate city limits of:
West – Welcome to Escalante Sign on Highway 12
East – Heritage Center on Highway 12
North – Escalante River
South – Center Street to 1400 South
Stamp In at the exhibition tent from 11 am to 1 pm on Thursday, Sept 21st.
Judging outside the exhibition tent at 1 pm on Friday, Sept. 22nd. Bring your easel.
Registration $25, $900 in awards including a Mayor’s Choice award of $300 and a first place award of $300 plus half page ad in PleinAir magazine, valued at $2400.
Artist Sign-in and Plein Air Stamp-in
Escalante Community Center – 89 N 100 West (Corner of 100 North and 100 West)
All registered artists must stop by the Stamp-in location to verify their registration, acknowledge that they have read the Rules and Guidelines, and collect their name tags and any other orientation materials.
Plein Air artists can stamp as many surfaces as you want; see the rules and guidelines for specifics.
|Saturday||September 16||9 am – noon and 1 pm – 5 pm|
|Sunday||September 17||9 am – noon and 1 pm – 5 pm|
|Monday||September 18||9 am – noon|
Wednesday, September 20, 10 AM to 4 PM – Exhibit Tent – Escalante Town Park
Submit one entry per category. At submission, the entire back of Plein Air category artwork must be visible so that the stamp can be verified. All entries must be framed or presented for display. Framed artwork must have a wire attached for hanging. Artwork can be framed after submission if need be.
Thursday, September 21, 6 PM – 8 PM – Escalante Town Park Pavilion
*open to registered artists, festival committee members, sponsors and volunteers – tickets available at Artist Sign-in / Stamp-in.
Artists, festival committee members and festival sponsors mix and mingle at this gathering to celebrate the painting competition submissions. This reception is made possible by the generous support of local businesses and community members who donate food for all to enjoy.
The judges evaluate each competition category entry for composition, originality, presentation, skill, and technique.
The Exhibit Area is closed to the public (including artists) during judging.
|Sheila Woolley Faulkner Award
“Best Captures Escalante Historical Context”
|Nocturne 1st Place||$300|
|Nocturne 2nd Place||$200|
|Nocturne 3rd Place||$100|
|Plein Air 1st Place||$1500 Purchase Award|
|Plein Air 2nd Place||$500|
|Plein Air 3rd Place||$250|
|Junior Best of Show||$100|
|Junior (K-3) 1st, 2nd, 3rd||$50, $35, $25|
|Junior (4-6) 1st, 2nd, 3rd||$50, $35, $25|
|Junior (7-9) 1st, 2nd, 3rd||$50, $35, $25|
|Junior (10-12) 1st, 2nd, 3rd||$50, $35, $25|
|Studio Work 1st Place||$1500 Purchase Award|
|Studio Work 2nd Place||$500|
|Studio Work 3rd Place||$250|
|Miniature 1st Place||$300|
|Miniature 2nd Place||$200|
|Miniature 3rd Place||$100|
|Quick Draw People’s Choice||$250|
|Paint Out 1st Place||$300 & half-page PleinAir Magazine Ad, valued at $2,400.|
|Paint Out 2nd Place||$200|
|Paint Out 3rd Place||$100|
|Paint Out Mayor’s Choice||$300|
Exhibit Sale and Overflow Sales Tent
Friday, September 22, 10 AM – 6 PM and and Saturday, September 23, 10 AM – 5 PM
Artists can sell any paintings in the Overflow Sales Tent, displaying 3 at a time.
Artwork need not be framed. Sales are processed by the festival staff. Artists are responsible for securing their artwork at the close of each day.
Festival Finale Breakfast
Sunday, September 24 – 9 AM – 11 AM – Location: Escalante Outfitters 310 W Main St, Escalante
Join us for a no-host breakfast to close out the festival. Artists may sell plein air or studio works.
Registration refunds will be provided up to 30 days before workshops or the competition starts.
Escalante Canyons Art Festival reserves the right to competition registration to future events to any individuals who do not follow the Rules and Guidelines or conduct themselves in other unethical or fraudulent behavior.
Registration is taken as agreement to follow the CDC Covid-19 guidelines that are in place when festival is hosted.