2019 Sedona Plein Air Festival Information and Application

David Santillanes
Keynote Speaker and Judge David Santillanes


2019 Sedona Plein Air Festival | October 12–19, 2019

Deadline extended to April 15, 2019.

Announcing $10,000 in cash prizes including a $5000 First Prize!

Paint in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime environment with stunning beauty and the Sedona Arts Center has roots going back 60 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony’. The Sedona Plein Air Festival takes place during the best weather period of the year at the height of tourist season and is supported by a group of very experienced and enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Our community of art lovers open their doors to host – twenty-five artists from around the country that will be selected to participate.

An opening exhibition of six works by each artist creates a diverse opening exhibition representing a variety of media and style incorporating studio and plein air work. Paintings done during the festival are integrated into the ongoing exhibition throughout the week. Paintings are available for sale to patrons all week long.

A keynote address mid-week and an awards gala Friday evening provide added encouragement to view and purchase. On Friday afternoon the artists select their best three works to be judged for awards in the designated Awards room. The festival also includes three paint-out events where all artist’s paint and the public is invited to watch and buy. Each paint-out has its own awards accompanied by a sales event.

To be considered for this prestigious event you must fill out the form below, then click the grey “Submit” button at the bottom.  Then you also must click the yellow “Add to Cart” button at the top right of the page and follow the prompts to pay the application fee.  The  extended application deadline is April 15, 2019.


2019 SPAF Application

  • Current biography, including exhibitions, gallery representation and awards.
  • Entering Your Images: List sizes up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up. Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be PC/Mac compatible in JPEG format, RGB color space.
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    • Appropriate samples of press or print media coverage artist has received
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      • Price: $25.00
        Non-refundable entry fee. A maximum of 5 pieces may be entered for consideration. Should an artist be selected, the $25.00 fee will be applied against the $125 participation fee that is required of each chosen artist. After your form is complete, you must click "Submit" AND "Add to Cart" and follow prompts to complete application payment.