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

Paint Annapolis 2015

Presented by the Maryland Federation of Art

Competition and Exhibition June 8-14
Opens for Entry December 8
Deadline for Entry February 22
Awards Total: $10,000
more information to come

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 8-14, 2015, that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from across the United States. For 13 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 - home to families, business, colleges, and maritime activities.

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.

How it worked: On Tuesday, the artists had the option of painting anywhere in Anne Arundel County, and from Wednesday on, they were to paint within the city of Annapolis. Each artist chose two of the paintings they created during the week to be considered for awards.  They also had an opportunity to win a Nocturne Award if they painted during the Nocturne (which was open to the public for participation) in the designated Arts & Entertainment District and entered it separately into the Nocturne competition. And lastly, they had the chance to win a Dueling Brushes award.

The awards:  

  • Overall Paint Annapolis Awards
    • 1st Place – David Lussier
    • 2nd Place – Lynn Mehta
    • 3rd Place – Hai-Ou Hou
  • Nocturne Juried Artist Awards
    • 1st Place – David Diaz
    • 2nd Place – Meg Nottingham Walsh
    • 3rd Place – Karen Scannell
  • Honorable Mentions
    • Rick Casali
    • Gary Pendleton
    • Michael Kotarba
  • Special Awards
    • Lee Boynton – Anne Arundel County Award
    • Jill Peckelun – A&E District Award (2)
    • Peter  Emerson – Naval Academy Award
  • Dueling Brushes Awards
    • 1st Place – David Lussier
    • 2nd Place – Tim Kelly (public artist)
    • 3rd Place – Karen Scannell
    • People’s Choice – Joseph Palmiero

Artists from the general public that painted during the Nocturne were also eligible for awards.

  • Nocturne Public Awards
    • 1st Place –  Nina Ellsworth
    • 2nd Place – Laurie Hewitt
    • 3rd Place – Murray Taylor

The Patron Preview Party was lively and well-attended, as was the Dueling Brushes competition.  Click here to view images taken by Kenneth Tom.

Many thanks to all of the Paint Annapolis artists, MFA members who volunteered throughout the week to welcome the artists and make the event as seamless for them as possible, the host families who housed the artists and everyone in the public who participated by painting or appreciating the artists at work, for making this a festive, enjoyable and successful event.Special thanks to

  • Our Jurors, Billyo O’Donnell and Ned Meuleer
  •  Carol Cowie, designer, and Jeff Potts of Signs by Tomorrow, printer of the beautiful Paint Annapolis banners, the MFA members who volunteered during the event
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for hosting the exhibit of the Dueling Brushes paintings for two weeks after the event
  • Our generous sponsors:

Paint Annapolis Sponsors

We are already looking forward to Paint Annapolis 2015!