Paint Annapolis 2015 International Plein Air Competition and Exhibition
Presented by the Maryland Federation of Art
A Plein Air Painting Competition
Plein air is painting outside – rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French ‘en plein air’, meaning ‘in the open air’.
Popularized by Impressionists who were particularly interested in the influence of changing light
and the effects of light on color when outdoors, plein air painting is now flourishing as its own art form.
Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air painting competition held in June, that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. For 14 years it has been a premier event, bringing artists and patrons of the arts together to share in the spirit of the energy and vibrancy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the special colonial architecture, marine atmosphere and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city and a former capital of the United States – home to families, business, colleges, and maritime activities.
The painting event, held on city streets around Annapolis, brings a vibrancy of art to the community. Hundreds of residents and visitors come out during the four-day event to watch the painters create art from our cityscape and waterfront. Thirty artists are selected from more than 100 entering professionals. At least one artist from Wexford, Ireland is selected as part of a continuing cultural exchange between Annapolis and Wexford.
In 2015, Paint Annapolis took place from June 8-14 and ws a great success. Juror Billyo O’Donnell from Missouri selected the participating artists in the plein air competition.