The Wyoming Arts Council partners with Wyoming State Parks to hold various arts activities in Parks across the state. Plein Air in the Parks is an annual event that pairs talented artists with beautiful locations. This painting competition is open to artists of all ages and offers cash awards.
Registration for the 2020 Plein Air in the Parks is now open for youth and adult categories online here. Early bird registration is available until August 24 and is $35 for artists. A reduced rate for college students is available for $15.00 and a youth division rate for those under the age of 18 is available for $5.00.
Plein Air in the Parks is a collaborative weekend event presented by Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Cody Country Art League. Taking place August 27-30 at Buffalo Bill State Park, artists can look forward to a weekend of outdoor, on location plein air painting with an art show, sale, and reception that offers cash prizes to top participants. Artists will have the option of selling pieces produced at the event during the reception.
For information about Cody, visit the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and for more information about arts activities, visit the Cody Country Art League website. For information about Buffalo Bill State Park, including camping information, visit wyoparks.org.
Registration includes up to two entries in the judged competition. Mediums may include Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Graphite, or other medium. Registration is available online: https://2020pleinairintheparks.eventbrite.com/
Cody Country Art League (836 Sheridan Ave.) & Buffalo Bill State Park (4192 Northfork Highway)
RULES AND GUIDELINES
Artwork entered into the competition may be listed for sale at the reception and award ceremony. During the reception, artists can sell additional works created during the event but not entered in the competition. Artwork need not be framed. Sales are processed by the staff during the event. A 25% commission will be retained. This includes any sale of artwork generated during the plein air competition, including direct sales facilitated by artists. 15% of the commission will be donated to Cody Country Art League to support the Art for Life Program. 10% of the commission will be put toward the Plein Air in the Parks program for future events. Cash prizes and checks for the sale of artwork are mailed after the event.
JUDGING AND CASH PRIZES
This year’s jurors are Sue Simpson Gallagher, owner of Simpson Gallagher Gallery in Cody, and Erin Johnson, artist and owner of Gestalt Studios at the Power Plant in Powell. Judging will be done anonymously. During judging, participating artists and the public will not be permitted into the Sheep Mountain Day Use Area where work is displayed. The judging panel is comprised of artists or those with an arts background, representatives from the community, and individuals familiar with Buffalo Bill State Park. Checks for cash award prizes will be mailed after the event. The below cash awards will be given.
Junior Division Awards
Contact: Taylor Craig