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.

The awards juror for Paint Annapolis 2016 is Ron Boehmer.
The awards juror for Dueling Brushes is Kirk McBride.
The awards juror for the Nocturne is Abigail McBride.

There will also be three paint out events open to the general public as well as these thirty juried artists:

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)
Joseph Palmerio (FL)
Elise Phillips (PA)

Julie Riker (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!

Download full details and boundary maps here.

NOCTURNE: Tuesday, May 31 at sundown. On site registration and canvas stamp 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.

PAINT OUT AT HISTORIC LONDON TOWN: Wednesday, June 1, 10am-4pm. On site registration and canvas stamp is at London Town’s Visitor’s Center. This six hour paint out in London Town’s Historic Area and gorgeous gardens is open to the general public.  Jurying is at 4:30, awards and sales from 5-6pm. Click here for Historic London Town and Gardens website.

DUELING BRUSHES: Sunday, June 5, 8am-11am. On site registration and canvas stamp is on West Street at MFA’s tent next to the Visitor’s Center. 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 circular parking lot) by 11:30am. Awards will be announced at noon. Dueling Brushes takes place during the monthly First Sunday Arts Festival on West Street.

Entry fee is $20 for one event, $35 for two, $50 for all three.

Register Here


Sponsor Collector’s Choice at the $250 level and come to our Private Sponsor Reception from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, June 4.
Be the first to view the exhibit of artwork created during Paint Annapolis, take your time purchasing artwork without fighting the crowd, 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.


Artwork painted during Paint Annapolis will be on display at three locations.

The exhibit will open on Saturday June 4 at Circle Gallery. Private Sponsor Reception from 4:30-6 pm, Public Reception 6-8pm.

Circle Gallery at 18 State Circle, June 5-12
MFA’s Summer Annex at 53 Maryland Avenue, June 5-12
49 West, Dueling Brushes on display June 5-30

Learn more about plein air painting in Maryland: Mountain Maryland in Cumberland and Easels in Frederick.

Paint Annapolis Terms and Conditions.