Information for Artists

Plein Air Painting Competition

Friday, September 17 to Thursday, September 23

Rules and guidelines for competing in the Escalante Canyons Plein Air Competition are detailed here: Rules and Guidelines.  All registered artists must agree to these to participate in the competition. 

If you are new to the festival or Escalante Canyons region, this list may help you plan your painting outings.

Registration is taken as agreement to follow CDC Covid-19 guidelines in place when festival is hosted.


Artist Stamp-in

DAY DATE TIME
Friday September 17 8 AM to NOON and 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday September 18 8 AM to NOON and 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday September 19 9 AM to NOON
Monday September 20 9 AM to NOON

Painting Competition Submission

Thursday, September 23, 9 AM to 3 PM 

Submit one entry per category.  At submission, the entire back of submitted artwork must be visible so that the authentication stamp is visible.  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.  


 Competition Categories

  • Oil or Acrylic
  • Watercolor, Pastel or other media (for example, Wood Block)
  • Quick Draw – any media
  • Nocturne – any media
  • Junior (Grades K-3) – any media
  • Junior (Grades 4-6) – any media
  • Junior(Grades 7-9) – any media
  • Junior(Grades 10-12) – any media

Youth Participation Options

Younger artists are encouraged to participate in the plein air competition.  For college students a reduced entry fee of $20 per category in the main competition is offered (Student ID required at stamp-in).  The Junior Competitions allow high school and elementary students in one of four grade-appropriate categories to compete for cash prizes and include their work in the exhibit – this entry fee is $5.  


Plein Air Competition Judging

Thursday, September 23 –  4 PM-6 PM

The judges evaluate each competition entry for composition, originality, presentation, skill, technique, and the freshness that is the spirit of plein air.  The Exhibit Area is closed to the public (including artists) during judging.

Plein Air Awards 

  • Best of Show Purchase Award** – Oil/Acrylic – $1500
  • Best of Show Purchase Award** – Watercolor/Mixed Media/Pastel – $1500
  • Award of Excellence – a half-page ad in Southwest Art Magazine valued @ $2,305
  • Awards of Merit, 2 in each category – $500
  • Honorable Mention, 2 in each category – $250
  • People’s Choice Award** – $250
  • Artists’ Choice Award (voted by registered artists) – a quarter-page ad in Plein Air Magazine valued @ $1250
  • Quick Draw People’s Choice – $250
  • Nocturne – 1st Place – $300 / 2nd Place – $200 / 3rd Place – $100
  • Sheila Wooley Faulkner Memorial Award – $300 – awarded to painting that best captures historical context of Escalante
  • Junior Best of Show – $100 – awarded across all junior categories  
  • Junior Awards (K-3rd Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $25
  • Junior Awards (4th-6th Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $25
  • Junior Awards (7th-9th Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $25
  • Junior Awards (10th-12th Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $25

**Note that Escalante Canyons Art Festival keeps the Best of Show Purchase Award winners in each category.   The People’s Choice Award is granted only once to an artist during the life of the festival.


Additional Competitions

Nocturne Competition

The nocturne artwork must be created during evenings of the competition week and any media can be used.  General competition guidelines apply to this category.

Quick Draw

Friday, September 24 – 2 PM – 5 PM 

Artists will set up and paint within a block periphery of the town park using photos, mobile devices or from life. Artwork may be sold off the easel.  


Art Sales

Plein Air Exhibit and Sale

Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25 

Artists’ Overflow Sales Tent

Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25

Artists can sell paintings in the Artists’ Overflow Sales Tent that were created during any year of the festival – the paintings must have a festival stamp.

Artwork need not be framed.  Participating artists are encouraged to volunteer to help monitor and staff the tent.  Sales are processed by the festival staff.  Artists are responsible for securing their artwork at the close of each day.

Festival Finale Brunch

Sunday, September 26 – 9 AM – 11 AM – Location: TBD

Join us for a no-host breakfast to close out the festival.  Artists may sell art of the local area, stamped or not. 


Refunds

Registration refunds will be provided up to 30 days before the competition starts. 


Disclaimer

Escalante Canyons Art Festival also reserves the right to refuse plein air 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 or actions.

We look forward to seeing you in September!