OPAS Competition 2021

18th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Competition

September 23-26, 2021
on the campus of The Columbus College of Art & Design

Painting Area

Painting Area: Franklin County, Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, is full of beautiful neighborhoods  and is home to 19 Metro Parks with miles and miles of trails. Plein Air highlights include The Ohio State University, The Short North, German Village,  Olde Town East, Franklin Park Conservatory, Scioto Mile, The State Capital, Ohio Theatre and much more.  The Loann Crane Building on the campus of The Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) will serve as the hub of activity. It is here that artists will get their painting surface stamped, meet for the Saturday evening social event and the Sunday morning juried exhibit. This will also be the location of the public viewing of the weekend’s art and the traditional 2-hour Quick Paint.


  • Several awards will be handed out including best of show, first, second, third, artists’ choice, and up to five honorable mentions.
  • QuickDraw winner receives amount collected ($10 cash to particpate)
  • Several “Awards of Excellence” will be announced at the Awards Presentation on Sunday.


  • Check-in and get surfaces stamped on Thursday evening, September 24 from 4 – 6pm at CCAD allowing two days plus an evening of painting. Check-in and stamping will also be done on Friday and Saturday mornings from 8 -10am at CCAD.
  • Artists must be pre-registered, checked-in, and have their painting surfaces stamped before painting. Unstamped surfaces will NOT be eligible for judging or for the Wet Paint Show & Sale. OPAS will stamp only plain, unpainted canvas, panels, or water media/pastel paper or paper/board supports. Surfaces may be toned with a uniform ground. Yes, we will need to stamp watercolor paper as well.


  • All sales will be handled by the artist. No commissions.
  • There will be a designated area for participating artists to show and sell other paintings done during the competition weekend on Sunday, Sept. 26 at CCAD.
  • Only work completed during the Ohio Plein Air Competition will be eligible for the Wet Paint Show & Sale.


Loanne Crane Center for Design, at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) 112 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Competition fees:
OPAS members & current CCAD students- $60
Non-OPAS members- $80
Quick Draw competition (optional)- $10 cash on the day of the event.

Two ways to register and pay.
You can register & pay online! We make it easy to register and pay in full online with any major credit card or with PayPal. You can also register or pay a deposit by printing and filling out the registration form once it is available and mail your check or money order, payable to OPAS to: OPAS Treasurer, P.O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

Make checks payable to: Ohio Plein Air Society & the deadline for signing up is September 22.

Download Prospectus with Form

Over $2000 in cash & monetary awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event on September 26.

Itinerary (tentative) September 23- 26, 2021

Thursday, September 23– early stamping at CCAD
4pm- 6pm- Artists will be able to check-in & get surfaces stamped early.

Friday, September 24– Competition painting
8am- 10am Check in/ get surfaces stamped at CCAD

Saturday, September 25– Competition painting
8am- 10am check in / get surfaces stamped at CCAD
7pm- 9pm Social gathering & dinner on the CCAD campus

Sunday, September 26– competition juried
9am- 10am competition piece in place on your easel for judging.
10am- 10:30am Quick Draw registration
10:30- 12:30 Quick Draw competition
noon- 2pm Competition exhibit is open for pubic viewing.
Awards announced @ 1:30pm
Artists are responsible for the sale of your own artwork.

This year’s competition judge is Patrick Lee. Patrick Lee takes a unique creative approach to making paintings in the studio and en plein air. He draws heavily on intuition and imagination to develop an image, often altering the drawing, color, and spatial relationships to create a mood and express a feeling about the subject. This often leads to strong elements of abstraction and suggestion in his work, rather than explicit detail. This gives the viewer an opportunity to connect with each piece in their own way, inviting them to let their own imaginations make personal associations and connections.