Plein Air Art Event - Saturday, May 11, 2019

The City of Wildwood will host its 5th Plein Air Art Event on Saturday, May 11, 2019. "En plein air is a French term that translates literally as 'in the open air.'" This type of art work is completed on location, while outdoors.  

On the morning of the event, participants will check-in at City Hall, and be given the location of the event.  Last year, the location was the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center.  Artists were allowed to photograph, paint, draw, etc. anything they wanted, at that location, but the catch is they had only 8 hours to complete their artwork and submit it at City Hall!  This year, a new location will be revealed the morning of the event!

Plein Air Logo 2018

Schedule of Events

Day Time Direction
May 11 7:00 am to 8:00 am Registration at City Hall
- 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Event hours
- 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch served at event location
- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Turn-ins of art/photography accepted for verification
May 13 to May 17 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Art/photography accepted at Wildwood City Hall for judging
May 27 to July 5 - Judging completed
July 19 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Awards ceremony and reception
May 27 to August 26 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Art/photography displayed for sale at Wildwood City Hall

Awards and Exhibit Awards

Awards will be determined at the discretion of the judges. All work submitted for judging MUST BE FOR SALE. Work an artist decides not to sell during the Wildwood event may not be judged for an award or hung for display. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories (No duplication of awards):

Traditional Media - Best of Show
Photography - Best of Show
Student Awards - Two (2) prizes

Prizes provided by the sponsor of the event, Wildwood B&B Theatres.

Rules and Regulations for Wildwood Plein Air Art Event


The Wildwood Plein Air Art Event is open to all artists and photographers of any age. Any participant younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or designated caregiver for the entirety of the event. Artists and photographers working in all accepted media and photography are welcome. The show is juried. All work must be submitted no later than May 17, 2019 by close of business (4:00 p.m. CDT), to be eligible for judging and prizes (all work must be accounted for and cataloged on May 11, 2019 – the event day).

Registration prior to May 11, 2019 is free. Registration on the morning of the event will be $10. Registration for students is free. All registrants must report to City Hall on May 11, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. The event opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.

Each artist/photographer must submit at least one item created from the selected areas, within the time frame advertised for this day. Artists may submit a maximum of two (2) pieces from locations within the subject area of this year’s event. The specific areas will be identified at registration the morning of the event.

Submissions will be placed on display in Wildwood's City Hall for sale and judging from May 27th to August 26th. Judging will take place before July 5, 2019, and winners will be announced on July 19, 2019, at a participants’ reception held at City Hall.

Photography & Other Media Requirements

All work must be original and created outdoors at the approved area during the Wildwood event, held May 11, 2019, not in a studio setting. Any subject created en plein air (in open air vs. in studio) qualifies. Subjects should include the elements found at the location areas provided the morning of registration. Images that reflect the natural beauty of Wildwood are desired. Work materials must be stamped at City Hall, before the event begins.

Submittal Requirements

All artwork and photographs should be presented for entry into the competition ready to hang. NO saw-toothed hangers please! Dimensions of each work should not exceed 30" on any side, including frame. All participants, to be eligible for awards, must return to City Hall, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on May 11th, for work to be cataloged and photographed.

Additional Photography Requirements

Color, black and white, sepia, etc., images are eligible. Images should be shot using all natural elements. Photoshop or any subsets of programs to enhance images, create effects, or are beyond normal photographic and camera techniques will be eligible for entry and judging. Photographers are required to submit their work in JPEG format, with time and date stamp for each submission. Only work completed on the day, and within the scheduled time frame, will be considered for judging. Card reader will be available between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., on May 11th, at City Hall (Registration Location).


The City of Wildwood is not responsible for loss or damage to any submitted works, but reasonable caution and diligent care will be taken with all submissions. The City of Wildwood reserves the right to disqualify works deemed objectionable. We also reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not adhere to the rules and guidelines of the contest. All decisions of judges are considered final. Trails, streets and parking lots will not be closed to vehicular traffic. Please exercise caution, while creating your work. Please respect the areas you are visiting.

Previous Exhibition or Publication

Photographs may not have been previously exhibited or published and must have been taken at the selected venues between the approved hours on May 11, 2019.

Conditions and Licensing

Winning photographers/artists agree to make available to Wildwood high resolution digital images, transparencies, and/or negatives of all winning entries, if requested. Winning photographers also grant non-exclusive, limited licensing rights to Wildwood, with no renewal period. If a non-winning photograph is used by Wildwood, a $50 licensing fee will be paid at the time of final publication or printing. In any case, licensing will be solely for the purpose of promoting Wildwood. These uses may include, but are not limited to, publication in advertisements, rack cards, posters, magazines, newspapers, and other promotional applications. Any requests for reproduction of winning images by artists, galleries, businesses, or entities other than those named herein above, will be negotiated directly with the photographer/artist.

Artwork from the 2018 Plein Air Art Event

2018 Plein Air Awards

Traditional Art

Best in Show 

"Marianist Retreat" by Gary Beazley

Honorable Mentions 

"Diverging Paths" by Linda Thompson

"Carriage House by Morning Light" by Michelle Streiff


Best in Show

"Fire Escape & Cast Shadow" by Jim Descher

Honorable Mentions 

"Wallflower" by Randy Allen

"Sunlit Dogwood" by Harold Rau

Student Awards

"Dew Drops on a Flower" by Tatiana Petroni

"Lilac" by Melanie Reichert

Honorable Mentions - Student

"Multi-Colored Fungi" by Adrian Petroni

"Saturday Morning Dream" by Melanie Reichert