Join us for Paint Annapolis
May 30 – June 12, 2016

A plein air painting competition hosted by Maryland Federation of Art

Paint Annapolis will include painting by juried artists around Anne Arundel County and Annapolis.
There will also be Nocturne and Quick Draw events, open to the general public as well as juried artists. 

The following artists have confirmed participation in Paint Annapolis:

Olena Babak (ME)
Alison Barry (MD)
Beth Bathe (PA)
Lon Brauer (IL)
Katie Dobson Cundiff (FL)
David Diaz (MD)
F. Michael Dorsey (MA)
Raymond Ewing (MD)
Paul George (MA)
Nyle Gordon (MO)
Neal Hughes (NJ)
Greg Johannesen (MD)
Ken Karlic (MD)
Spencer Meagher (IL)
Patrick Meehan (MD)

Nikolay Mikushkin (NY)
K T Morse (MA)
JoEllen Murphy (DC)
Richard Niewerth (MD)
Joseph Palmerio (FL)
Elise Phillips (PA)
William Rogers (CAN)
J. Stacy Rogers (DE)
Duane Sabiston (MD)
Patrick Saunders (MO)
Robert Simone (FL)
Lida Stifel (MD)
Janet Sutherland (MA)
David Williams (VA)
Dennis Young (DE)


Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air painting competition held May 30 – June 5, 2016, that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. For 14 years it has been a premier event, bringing people together to share in the spirit and vibrancy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall entergy of Maryland’s capital city and a former capital of the United States – home to families, businesses, colleges, and maritime activities. Art created during May 30 – June 5 will be on display from June 5 – 12. Awards for artists participating in Paint Annapolis total $15,000.

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.


Make sure to register and get your canvas stamped before you start painting to ensure that you will be eligible for awards!

NOCTURNE: Tuesday, May 31 at sundown. On site registration is at Circle Gallery. This after dark paint out is open to the general public of all ages. Artists will paint along West Street and Main Street between Cathedral Street and City Dock.

QUICK DRAW: Sunday, June 5, 8am-11am. On site registration is at the Visitor’s Center circular parking lot. This three hour quick draw is open to the general public of all ages and skill levels and there will be a special award category for student participation. All artists must be at the jurying area (the Visitor’s Center lot) by 11:30am. Awards will be announced at noon.

Entry fee is $20 for one event or $35 for both.

Register Here


Sponsor Collector’s Choice at the $250 level and come to our special Sponsor Reception from 5-6 pm the night of the event.
Be the first to preview artwork and take your time making your selections, sample food and drinks, and get tips on artwork selections from Collector’s Choice art experts.
Doors will open to the general public at 6 pm.