Plein Air Art Competition

En Plein Air

What is Plein Air?

En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works. Experience scenic Jefferson City through the canvas!

JC Parks invites you to to attend the inaugural Jefferson City Plein Air Art Competition. The event will be held Sunday, October 22 at McClung indoor pavilion and select outdoor Jefferson City locations.

 Artists from near and far are invited to Jefferson City to paint scenic locations throughout the community and compete for cash prizes.

Our purpose for the event is to provide the Jefferson City community an art experience like no other. A reception will follow the event where art may be viewed and purchased. Schedule and more details TBA.

Date: Sunday, October 22

Painting will be in the time: 6:00am – 3:00pm

Reception: 5:30pm



Registration Deadline: October 1, 2023

Cost: $50

If you’re having difficulty registering or have any questions, please call 573-634-6482 or email Leann Porrello.

Specialty Locations

Limited! Register for one of these locations that we have been granted special access for your private painting area. Some of the locations include, The Museum of Missouri Military History, The Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge, Missouri State Penitentiary, and more to come!

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General Locations

General Locations: You choose the place, wherever your heart desires in Jefferson City.  Find a scenic area of our parks or be inspired by the hustle and bustle downtown.

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