Apply for Telluride Plein Air


Open to all artists 18 years and older. The application process will be open Oct. 3-Jan. 2, 2017 through Juried Art Services.

Entry Form and Fee

The 2017 Telluride Plein Air application will be available online from October 3, 2016 through January 2, 2017. Submission fee is $50 per person & includes 3-5 images and one bio/resume. Requested data will include the submission of three-five painting images (plein air works please) and a bio/resume of past art shows and awards.

Starting Oct. 3, 2016, please submit a completed online entry form via Requested data will include the submission of three-five painting images (plein air works please) and a bio/resume of past art shows and awards. Click here to apply

Image Format

Each artist must submit 3-5 images of their Plein Air artwork in JPEG format, color space preferred format with a resolution of 300 DPI (max 1400 pixels on the longest side) as part of the online application process. If you have a Macintosh, please use only letters and numbers in your filename and only 1 (.) period. Help and tips on photographing your work and getting to the proper size can be found at Help entering images, questions or concerns can be directed to or by calling 561.832.0480.

Entry Process

The Telluride Plein Air Celebration is a juried exhibition consisting of a panel of 4-5 jurors. The panel will review all submitted applications and select between 20 and 25 artists for a total of 25-30 artists to participate in the 2017 event. (The top five revenue-generating artists of 2016 are invited back to join the 2017 event.) Notification of selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than January 30, 2017. Artist agreement forms will be physically mailed to those who have been accepted following the announcement. .

Telluride Exhibition Details

All artwork must be completed in the Telluride area between June 28 and July 4, 2017. Canvases will be stamped with an approved insignia as they arrive. Only artwork with this stamp will be permitted in the Exhibition & Sale. In addition, all works must be suitably framed with proper backing. Wire hangers or a suitable hanging device must be attached and ready to hang. Artists are asked to paint a minimum of eight paintings of varying size.


This event is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Historic Sheridan Opera House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The sale takes place outside the Sheridan Opera House and in Elks Park for three days over the Fourth of July weekend. The Sheridan Arts Foundation will retain 40 percent of all sales revenue generated throughout the sale. Commissioned pieces will also be permitted at the above mentioned rate. Artists should expect to be on-site all three sale days at their booth. Payments for all work sold will be mailed shortly after the exhibition closes.


Host lodging is available to each participating artist and spouse at no charge for seven nights beginning June 28, 2016 (we ask artists to NOT request additional lodging nights with their host). If an artist plans on bringing additional family members, they will be responsible for providing their own accommodations. Artists are also responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Telluride, Colo.

Telluride Calendar

  • Jan. 2, 2017 - Telluride Artist Entry Online Application Cut Off
  • Feb. 1, 2017 - Artist Notification emailed, Artist Agreement Mailed
  • Feb 28, 2017 - Artist Agreements signed and returned to the SAF
  • June 26- 28, 2017 - Artist Arrive in Telluride
  • July 1, 2017 - Artist Choice Preview Sale
  • July 2, 2017 - Telluride Art Exhibition & Sale
  • July 3, 2017 - Telluride Art Exhibition & Sale
  • July 4, 2017 - Telluride Art Exhibition & Sale and Closing Party

For more information or concerns please call the Sheridan Opera House office.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Sheridan Arts Foundation * 110 N. Oak Street * P.O. Box 2680 * Telluride, CO 81435
(970)728.6363 phone * (970)728.6966 fax