Image by Paint Annapolis, Awards Juror Billyo O'Donnell
Image by Paint Annapolis, Awards Juror Billyo O'Donnell

Paint Annapolis 2015
International Plein Air
Competition and Exhibition

Presented by the Maryland Federation of Art
A Plein Air Painting Competition

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 five-day juried plein air painting competition held June 8-13, 2015, that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. For 14 years it has been a premier event, bringing artists and patrons of the arts together to share in the spirit of the energy and vibrancy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the special colonial architecture, marine atmosphere and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city and a former capital of the United States - home to families, business, colleges, and maritime activities.

Paint Annapolis will include painting around Anne Arundel County and Annapolis, an optional Nocturne and Quick Draw.

Selection Juror: Billyo O'Donnell, Nationally recognized landscape artist and plein air painter.

Juror will select 30 participants and 5 alternates.

As part of a cultural exchange with Wexford County, Ireland, at least one artist from Wexford will be chosen to aprticipate in Paint Annapolis

Competition June 8-13
Exhibition June 13-21
Notification March 25 (via email)
Awards Total: $10,000

More information to come

Overview and Paint Annapolis 2015 Schedule

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Paint Annapolis 2014 was a great success!   27 accepted artists were selected by admissions juror Ned Meuller, Master Painter, and awards were determined by juror Billyo O’Donnell, a nationally renowned plein air painter.

To view the Paint Annapolis 2014 video by John Jensen click here or click play!


 Click here to view images taken by Kenneth Tom.

We are already looking forward to Paint Annapolis 2015!