Introducing Paint Annapolis 2020 – a painting competition – en plein air September 20 – 27, 2020.

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 week long juried plein air painting competition that brings plein air painters from around the world to our historic city. For 20 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 energy of Maryland’s capital city – and the first capital of the United States – home to families, businesses, colleges, and maritime activities.

Awards for artists participating in Paint Annapolis total $15,000!

The Jurors


Selection Juror:
Vladislav Yeliseyev

Valerie Craig

Awards Juror:
Valerie Craig

Introducing Our Competitors:

Marc Anderson (Wisconsin)
Poppy Balser (Nova Scotia)
Beth Bathe (Pennsylvania)
Mat Barber-Kennedy (Illinois)
Alison Barry (Delaware)
Ron Boehmer(Virginia)
Lon Brauer (Illinois)
Jackie Clark (New York)
Carol Cowie (Maryland)
David Diaz (Maryland) 
Ronaldo Dorado (Maryland) 
Vlad Duchev (Maryland )
Raymond Ewing (Delaware)
Frank Hallinan Flood (Ireland) 
Jill Glassman (Maryland)
Catherine Hillis (Georgia)
Neal Hughes (New Jersey)
Georganna Lenssen (Pennsylvania) 
Laurie Maher (New Jersey)
Lynn Mehta (Virginia)
D.K. Palecek (Wisconsin)
Crista Pisano (New Jersey)
Craig Reynolds (Alabama)
William Rogers (Nova Scotia)
Jason Sacran (Arizona)
Stewart White (Maryland)
Jeff Williams (Oklahoma)
Yong Hong Zhong (Oregon)


Nov. 6, 2019 Online entry open for submissions
Jan 10, 2020 Deadline for entries
Feb. 15, 2020 Notification sent by email. Contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Sept. 20 – 27, 2020 Paint Annapolis Competition
Sept. 20 Artists check-in and Quick Draw timed painting competition
Sept. 22 Paint the Bay, reception at Maritime Museum from 6pm – 7pm
Sept. 23  Nocturne night painting event during Annapolis’ Dinner Under the Stars
Sept. 24 Art on the Avenue, Maryland Ave. block party from 5pm – 7pm
Sept. 25 Preview Party & Awards at Circle Gallery
Sept. 26-27 Public Receptions


All entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from prospectus. A list of accepted artists will also be posted on MFA’s website. Please set your email account to recognize this address: Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.