OPAS Competition 2022

19th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Competition

September 22-25, 2022
at the Mansfield Art Center (the MAC) in Richland County

Painting Area

Painting Area: Richland County. More info to come.


  • 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 22 from 4 – 6pm at the MAC 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 the MAC.
  • 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.


  • Handling of sales and commission info to come.
  • There will be a designated area for participating artists to show and sell other paintings done during the competition weekend on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the MAC.
  • Only work completed during the Ohio Plein Air Competition will be eligible for the Wet Paint Show & Sale.


The Mansfield Art Center (MAC)
700 Marion Avenue Rd. Mansfield, OH 44906

Competition fees:
OPAS members – $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 21.

Prospectus to come

Over $4000 in cash & monetary awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event on September 25.

Itinerary (tentative) September 22- 25, 2022

Thursday, September 22– early stamping at the MAC
4pm- 6pm- Artists will be able to check-in & get surfaces stamped early.

Friday, September 23– Competition painting
8am- 10am Check in/ get surfaces stamped at the MAC

Saturday, September 24– Competition painting
8am- 10am check in / get surfaces stamped at the MAC
7pm- 9pm Social gathering & dinner the MAC

Sunday, September 25– 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 Carol Strock Wassen.

Mansfield Art Center
Malabar Farm
Mansfield Reformatory
Richland Carrousel Park
Gorman Nature Center