2019 Arizona Plein Air Painters

Rev up your brushes, Painters! Our 2019 members-only juried show will soon be here!

Juror of Selection: Bill Cramer
Judge of Awards:
Mitch Baird

Exhibition Date
May 4, 2018 - May 17, 2018

Location: Scottsdale Artists School, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ  85251


Original plein air paintings done in Arizona depicting the diverse Arizona landscape, cityscape, flora, fauna, or architecture which conforms to the theme of WATER IN THE DESERT.

Work should be, at least, 80% completed on site in natural light. NO STUDIO PAINTINGS.

Entry Deadline:  April 20, 2019 at midnight (no exceptions)

Medium: Oil, pastel, watercolor, gouache, acrylic or other traditional painting medium.

Entry Fee: $35 for up to three images. Entry fee and images must be submitted for jurying to EntryThingy via APAP website. Email submissions, or any other submission type, will not be accepted. If you have questions or need help with your submission, please, contact us here.

Painting drop-off:  Saturday, May 4, 2018, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
If you are unable to hand deliver your accepted painting to the show, an address will be provided for you to mail it to upon acceptance. It must arrive before May 4, 2018. Be sure to include enough postage to have your work mailed back to you.

Installation:  Saturday, May 4, 2018, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Awards Reception:  Scottsdale Artists’ School, Saturday. May 11, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pick-Up Paintings: Friday, May 17, 2018, 10 a.m. to Noon

Entrants must be APAP Members in good standing, (your dues must be paid), and, at least 18 years of age. To become an APAP member apply here.


  • Paintings must be ORIGINAL PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS DONE IN ARIZONA within the last two years (2017 to current) depicting the diverse Arizona landscape, cityscape, flora, fauna, architecture, etc. CONFORMING TO THE THEME OF WATER IN THE DESERT. Work should be, at least, 80% completed on site in natural light.

  • Paintings shown in previous APAP shows will not be accepted.

  • Paintings must be for sale. Scottsdale Artists School will handle all sales and retain 20% of the sale price of the artwork as a donation to the school.

  • Maximum artwork size, each entry: 16” x 20” (unframed)

  • Paintings must be nicely framed with D rings and wire. No sawtooth hangers. Framing should look well-crafted and professional.

  • Awards ribbons for Best of Show, Second, Third, and three Honorable Mention awards, along with a President’s Choice award. Prizes will be announced closer to the event date.

Cover Image: Overcast Superstitions by Mick McGinty, Best of Show, 2018 Arizona Plein Air Painters Members Show


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