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. 


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.

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.


To be considered as one of the juried artists: Submit up to 3 images online for a $35 entry fee.

The selection juror will choose 30 participants and 5 alternates.

Selection Juror: Richard Sneary, Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.

As part of a cultural exchange with Wexford County, Ireland, at least one artist from Wexford will be chosen to participate in Paint Annapolis.

Awards Total: $15,000


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.