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Last Year’s Winners 
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Online Gallery from 2019  click here


About the 2020 Competition
We hope you will join us again for the 6th Annual Paint Great Falls: Plein Air Competition sponsored by The Arts of Great Falls.  This year we are expanding the borders. Participants may paint anywhere in Northern Virginia (location ideas available) starting 5pm Wednesday, September 9th through 3pm Sunday, September 13th, “en plein air” (outside) without the assistance of photography.  In addition to the daily paintings, there will be a Quick Draw event in the Great Falls Village Center on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 6pm-8pm with  one prize awarded.

All competition paintings are eligible to win prizes.  Judge TBD.  Prizes are 1st place ($500), 2nd Place ($250), 3rd Place ($100) and Quick Draw ($150), a big thanks to Celebrate Great Falls Foundation for sponsoring the prizes. The first 25 artist to register ($35 fee) are eligible to participate.  Registration the day of the event is ($45 fee) if spaces are open.

The Plein Air Awards
Thanks to our generous sponsor Celebrate Great Falls Foundation, cash awards will be given for 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($250) and 3rd Place ($100) and Friday Quick Draw ($150).  Honorable mentions (no monetary prizes) will be made.

Eligibility & Rules
Artist can register for a $35 application fee until the 25 spaces are filled. If space is available, artists can register on-site for $45.  All competition paintings are eligible to win prizes that are juried.  Participants may paint anywhere in Northern Virginia after virtual canvas stamping at 3pm Wednesday, September 9th through 3pm Sunday, September 13th.  Artists may submit up to two completed, framed and ready-to-be-hung artworks which were painted in the allotted time and done “en plein air” (outside) without the assistance of photography or work in the studio.  Click the links below for more details or to register.

Artists’ Schedule & Details 
Artists’ Registration  COMPETITION FULL

For more details on any activities contact us at julie.casso@greatfallsart.org