17th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Competition

September 24-27, 2020


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 Paint Out.

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

COMPETITION FEES (non-refundable)
OPAS Members – $50
Non – OPAS Members – $80
QuickDraw Competition (optional) – $10 cash on the day of the event

Best of Show $1,000, First $750, Second $500, Third $350, Artists’ Choice Award $300, and up to five Honorable Mentions at $150 each.

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.

Paintings should be 95% completed outside, on location, and from direct observation.
No photography allowed. The painting must resemble the location. Multiple sessions are acceptable.

All sales go through OPAS. Sales during the competition and Wet Paint Show & Sale are subject to a 30% commission.

There will be a designated area for participating artists to show and sell other paintings done during the competition weekend on Sunday, Sept. 27 at CCAD.

Only work completed during the Ohio Plein Air Competition will be eligible for the Wet Paint Show & Sale.

Download the Prospectus as a PDF:

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Register & Pay

Mail check with completed Entry Form to arrive by Monday, September 21 to: Competition Entry, Ohio Plein Air Society, P. O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

DAILY ITINERARY – Sept. 24-27, 2020 (subject to change)
Location: Loanne Crane Center for Design, at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) 112 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215 (front lobby)

4 – 6pm – Artists will be able to check-in and get surfaces stamped early at CCAD.
GO OUT AND PAINT ON THURSDAY EVENING or get out early on Friday.

8 – 10am – Check-in/Stamping at CCAD

8 – 10am – Check-in/Stamping at CCAD
7 – 9pm – Social & Dinner provided with door prizes at CCAD

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27 – COMPETITION (Times are subject to change)
9 – 10am – Competition Painting to be delivered on easel stands (provided by the artist)
IMPORTANT: Your painting must be in position, on its stand or easel, by 10am to be  considered for judging The stamp must be visible on the back of your surface!
10 – 10:30am – QuickDraw Registration
10:30am – 12:30pm – QuickDraw Competition
IMPORTANT: Your quick draw painting must be on an easel (provided by the artist) BEFORE 12:40pm to be eligible. Your stamp must be visible on the back of the surface to be considered.
1pm – Awards will be announced
PUBLIC is invited to observe & purchase paintings 12 – 2pm
Only works created during the weekend may be on display and for sale

OUR JUDGE – George VanHook

This year’s judge is George Van Hook. He began painting very early and was able to participate in the vibrant arctic culture of the Abington, Pennsylvania region. The family owned a farm in Bucks County, home of the Pennsylvania impressionists, and George became heavily influenced by their fine academic training coupled with a love of the prosaic landscape. Another early local influence was the ‘Brandywine tradition’, the illustrative work of Howard Pyle and the Wyeths. George Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure.” he says. “The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.”

George VanHook will be conducting a 2-day workshop for the Ohio Plein Air Society, Wednesday, Sept. 23 through  Thursday Sept. 24, 2020, using CCAD as home base. See more and register on our website, ohiopleinairsociety.com.