Plein Air Festival


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11th Annual Wayne Plein Air Festival

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Wayne Art Center’s 11th Annual Wayne Plein Air Festival. The festival will run from May 7 through May 13, 2017 and the exhibition will be on view from May 15 through June 25, 2017 in the Wayne Art Center’s Davenport, Vidinghoff and Outer Galleries.

This annual national juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of outdoor painting while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share creative endeavors with collectors and the public.

Juror – Don Demers

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Don Demers as the juror for the 11th Annual Wayne Plein Air Festival. He will judge the entries based on technique, style, concept, composition and originality.

Demers was educated at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations have graced many book covers and national publications such as Reader’s Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic. His paintings have been featured in publications including American Artist Magazine, Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art and Antiques, Yachting Magazine and several other noteworthy publications.

A Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, Demers is an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, an elected member of the California Art Club, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of American). Demers has won a record number of awards for his commercial and fine art paintings on both the east and west coasts.

Calendar of Events

November 10, 2016, midnight EST
Online application opens at ($45 entry fee).

March 1, midnight EST
Digital entry deadline. There is NO deadline extension.

March 13
Email notifications of juror’s decisions for the 11th Annual Wayne Plein Air Festival.

May 7
Artist Welcome Dinner at a private farm in Malvern, PA, including orientation presentation and canvas stamping.

May 8-13 (5 ½ days to paint)
Artists paint within 25 miles of Wayne, PA.

May 12
Artists paint at designated locations.

May 13 (morning)
Community and artists paint in downtown Wayne.

May 13 (evening)
11th Annual Wayne Plein Air Preview Party at Wayne Art Center.

May 14
Plein Air Lecture/Demo by juror Don Demers.

May 15-17
Plein Air Painting Workshop with Don Demers.

May 15–June 24
11th Annual Wayne Plein Air Exhibition open to the public.


We are very pleased to announce $15,000+ in prize awards this year. The juror, Don Demers, will announce the award winners on May 13, 2017 during the Preview Party.

Entry and Exhibition Requirements

  1. Entry is open to plein air artists in all painted media. Registration is from November 10th, 2016 to March 1st, 2017.
  1. Entries must be submitted online through The entry fee is $45 and must be paid by PayPal, credit card or personal check. All entries must be paid in full by March 1st, 2017; unpaid entries will not be considered.
  1. Artists may submit up to three paintings representing their body of work. Professional digital images must be in JPEG format at a minimum of 300 dpi, no larger than 1800 pixels on the longest side.
  1. Works submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2014 and must be authentic plein air style paintings that were not completed in the studio.


The artist contact email provided on the online application must remain active during the submission and exhibition process. The artist is responsible for checking their email for acceptance and/or decline and other information regarding the 11th Annual Wayne Plein Air exhibition. No paperwork or communications will be mailed regarding acceptance and/or declined information. Please check your spam or junk email if you have not received word about your acceptance or declined submission.

Pricing and Insurance

Plein Air artwork created during the festival must be available for sale. There is not a threshold for artwork pricing level.

Please note that price of artwork may not be changed after drop off to WAC during the festival week. WAC will retain 40% commission of the sale price. All works commissioned during the Plein Air exhibition will be treated as sales.

All work will be insured for 60% of sale price while in the Wayne Art Center facility. WAC will not be responsible for loss or damage to work in transit to or from Wayne Art Center. Wayne Art Center will not responsible for loss, theft or damaged work after 30 days of the last day of show, June 24, 2017, due to artist failing to retrieve exhibition work.


Wayne Art Center will provide accepted artists with complimentary accommodations in a patron’s private home during the Festival week. Artists are welcome to make other arrangements at their own expense.

Nancy Campbell
Executive Director · Email

Karen Louise Fay
Director of Exhibitions and Events · Email

If you have any questions about the exhibition, please contact Karen Louise Fay. If you have any technical questions about the online system, please contact Lisa Ellis.

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087 · ·

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