Plein Air Festival

12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival

NOTE: The deadline for the 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival has passed.

The festival will run from May 6 through May 12, 2018, and the exhibition will be on view from May 13 through June 30, 2018, in 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 – John Cosby

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome John Cosby as the juror for the 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival. He will judge the entries based on technique, style, concept, composition and originality.

As a painter Cosby travels extensively, painting what he sees and feels. Bold use of color and an energetic brush stroke, combined with the “truth of the place,” is what one will see and feel when viewing a painting by Cosby.

Born in Hollywood, California, in 1955, Cosby was raised in the west. At an early age he began to draw and paint and was lucky enough to have been inspired by a grandmother who was an oil painter. “She would give me the paint, some brushes and a scrap of canvas and set me off to paint. This early experience took the fear out of creating a painting,” says Cosby.

Cosby also started traveling at an early age. At the age of 18 he was chosen as an Advance Man for the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, served under two Presidents and traveled the world. He met many notable people and saw many things, but what interested him most were the great works of art he encountered. “They haunted me and helped set the course of my career as a painter.” After leaving the White House, Cosby rebuilt an old classic sailing sloop designed by Nathaniel Herrishoff. With a friend (who had dreams of being a writer) Cosby set sail up and down the Eastern seaboard in the inland waterway for three years. Thus he began his art career.

Cosby currently resides and maintains a studio in San Clemente, California. He works on location around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries. Cosby was a founding board member of the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, a signature member of both Plein Air Painters of America and The California Art Club. He has served as an officer of these groups to help further the cause of art. Cosby was also a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational that was held at the Laguna Art Museum for 13 years and is now in its 18th year.


December 1, 2017, midnight EST

Online application opens at ($45 entry fee).

March 1, 2018, midnight EST

Digital entry deadline.
There is NO deadline extension.

March 16

Email notifications of juror’s acceptance and decline selections for the 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival.

May 6

Artist Welcome Dinner, including orientation, presentation and canvas stamping.

May 7-12 (5 ½ days to paint)

Artists paint within 25 miles of Wayne, PA.

May 10 and 11

Artists paint in Center City Philadelphia and designated locations.

May 12 (morning)

Artists paint in downtown Wayne.

May 12 (evening)

Wayne Art Center 12th Annual Plein Air exhibition Collectors’ Soiree at Wayne Art Center.

May 13

Plein Air Lecture/Demo by juror John Cosby.

May 14 – 16

Plein Air Painting Workshop by juror John Cosby.

May 13 – June 30

12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air exhibition open to the public.


We are very pleased to announce $18,000+ in prize awards this year. The juror, John Cosby, will announce the award winners on May 12, 2018, during the Collectors’ Soiree.


  1. Entry is open to plein air artists in all painted media. Registration is from December 1, 2017, to March 1, 2018.
  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 1, 2018; unpaid entries will not be considered by the juror.
  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, 2015, 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 Wayne Art Center 12th Annual 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.


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 Wayne Art Center (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 WAC 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 30, 2018, 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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