Thank you for your interest! The application process for the 20th annual Telluride Plein Air (June 28-July 4, 2023) opens October 1, 2022 through Juried Art Services.
Call for Artists
Open to all artists 18 years and older. The application process opens October 1, 2022 for the 20th annual Telluride Plein Air.
Entry Form and Fee
Submission fee is $55 per person & includes 3-5 images and one bio/resume. Requested data will include the submission of three-five painting images (plein air work please) and a bio/resume of past art shows and awards.
Please submit a completed online entry form HERE via juriedartservices.com. 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.
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 here. Help entering images, questions or concerns can be directed to email@example.com or by calling 561.832.0480.
The Telluride Plein Air Celebration is a juried exhibition consisting of a panel of 3-5 jurors. The panel will review all submitted applications and select between 15 and 20 artists for a total of 20-25 artists to participate in the event. (The top five revenue-generating artists each year are invited back to join the following years’ event.) Notification of selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than January 30, 2023. Artist agreement forms will be emailed to those who have been accepted following the announcement.
Telluride Exhibition Details
All artwork must be completed in the Telluride area during the Plein Air event each year. 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 ten 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 (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, Colorado.
TENTATIVE Schedule of Events for Plein Air 2023. Please note, some event dates during the festival may change (i.e. Quick Draw or Artist Choice Preview) but the actual festival dates (June 28-July 4) are final.
- Jan. 9, 2023 – Telluride Artist Entry Online Application Cut Off
- Jan. 30, 2023 – Artist Notification emailed
- Feb. 6, 2023 – Artist Agreement emailed
- March 13, 2023 – Artist Agreements signed and returned to the SAF
- June 23-28, 2023 – Artists may arrive early in Telluride to paint (host housing not provided)
- June 28, 2023 – Host housing begins (for following 7 nights)
- July 30, 2023 – Quick Draw Competition & Sale
- July 1, 2023 – Artist Choice Preview Sale
- July 2-4, 2023 – Telluride Art Exhibition & Sale (artist are required to be onsite)
- July 5, 2023 – Host housing ends
For questions, please call Maggie at 970.728.6363 ext. 3.