Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival – Call for Entry
This Deadline Expired: Friday, March 1, 2019
Artist Call for Entry
The 13th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival kicks off on May 13th with the arrival of 32 juried, nationally recognized and emerging artists who have come to Wayne, Pennsylvania to capture the cool atmosphere and ephemeral, lush greens of spring in the Delaware Valley. As one of the premier plein air events in the country, Wayne offers the unique opportunity to showcase work created during the festival in spacious, light-filled and state-of-the-art galleries during an exhibition that hangs until the end of June. The galleries at Wayne Art Center are enjoyed by more than 30,000 visitors each year and sales during the Wayne Plein Air Exhibition remain steady throughout the six weeks.
For artists who previously have participated in Wayne Art Center Plein Air, the festival offers an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and collectors and to compete for top cash awards totaling $20,000. For emerging artists, acceptance in Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Festival represents an important step in achieving national recognition. As one of the first plein air festivals in the country, WAC Plein Air has attracted some of the best outdoor painters working in the field and has served an instrumental role in a vibrant movement that visually chronicles this day and age.
Hospitality abounds during the Festival. Local residents and Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival committee members open their homes to lodge out-of-town artists. Following registration, a hearty Welcome Dinner kicks off the festival fostering camaraderie and celebrating the week ahead. Artists travel Wayne and surrounding areas, a locale robust with colorful and varied landscapes. From quaint small towns filled with period architecture to rolling hills dotted with livestock, to the dynamic skyline views of Center City Philadelphia and its surrounding waterfronts, including the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, there is no lack of inspiration or subject matter. A week of intense work culminates in an entirely fresh exhibition of more than 300 paintings. The exhibit opens with a Gala Preview Party attended by more than 250 guests, where awards will be presented by the Juror.
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This year’s juror, Joe Paquet, comes to Wayne Art Center from Minneapolis, MN. Paquet is an Emeritus Member of The Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club and a Signature Member of The California Art Club.
Entry Deadline: March 1, 2019
Online Entry Fee: $45
Exhibition and Sale: May 19 – June 29, 2019