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15th Annual Telluride Plein Air
June 29, 2018 to July 5, 2018
Telluride, Colorado
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Application Dates:
Oct 16, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018
Application Fee:
Late App. Dates:
Jan 2 - Jan 05, 2018
Additional Late Fee:
Notification Date:
Jan 29, 2018

The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents the 15th annual

Open to all artists 18 years and older.

Entry Form and Fee

The 2018 Telluride Plein Air application will be available online from October 16, 2017 through January 1, 2018.  Submission fee is $50 per person & includes 3-5 images and one bio/resume. Late registration ends January 5, 2018 with an additional $10 fee. Requested data will include the submission of three-five painting images (plein air works only please) and a bio/resume of past art shows and awards.

Image & Resume Format

Each artist must submit 3-5 images of their Plein Air artwork in JPEG format, color space preferred format with a resolution of 300 DPI (max 4000 pixels on the longest side) as part of the online application process.  If you have a Macintosh, please use only letters and numbers in your filename and only 1 (.) period.  Help and tips on photographing your work and getting to the proper size can be found at http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=help:tutorial.  Help entering images, questions or concerns can be directed to support@jurying.net or by calling 561.832.0480. Please include relevant education and past participation in Plein Air festivals and other experience in the Bio/Resume section of the application.

 Entry Process

The Telluride Plein Air Celebration is a juried exhibition consisting of a panel of 3-5 jurors. The panel will review all submitted applications and select between 15 and 20 artists for a total of 20-25 artists to participate in the 2018 event (the top five revenue-generating artists of 2017 are invited back for the 2018 event). Notification of selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than January 31, 2018. Artist agreement forms will be emailed to those who have been accepted following the announcement.

 Exhibition Details

All artwork must be completed in the Telluride area between June 29 and July 5, 2018. Canvases will be stamped with an approved insignia as they arrive. Only artwork with this stamp will be permitted in the Exhibition & Sale. In addition, all works must be suitably framed with proper backing. Wire hangers or a suitable hanging device must be attached and ready to hang. Artists are asked to paint a minimum of eight paintings of varying size.


This event is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Historic Sheridan Opera House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The sale takes place outside the Sheridan Opera House and in Elks Park for three days over the Fourth of July holiday. The Sheridan Arts Foundation will retain 40 percent of all sales revenue generated throughout the sale. Commissioned pieces will also be permitted at the above-mentioned rate. Artists should expect to be on-site all three sale days at their booth. Payments for all work sold will be mailed shortly after the exhibition closes.

Host lodging is available to each participating artist and spouse at no charge for seven nights beginning June 29, 2018 (we ask artists to NOT request additional lodging nights with their host). If an artist plans on bringing additional family members (i.e. children) or pets, they will be responsible for providing their own accommodations. Artists are also responsible for providing their own transportation to, from and around Telluride, Colo.


Quick-Draw Competition Award- $800

Artist Choice Award (Best of Show)- $1,500                                           

Crowd Favorite Award- $1,500


Jan. 1, 2018                  Online Application Cut Off

Jan. 5, 2018                  Late Online Application Cut Off ($10 additional fee applies)

Jan. 31, 2018                Artists notified of acceptance via email

Feb. 7, 2018                  Artist agreement sent out via email

March 14, 2018             Artist agreement signed and returned to the SAF

June 27 - 29, 2018         Artists arrive to Telluride

June 29, 2018               Host housing begins (for following 7 nights)

July 1, 2018                   Quick Draw Competition & Sale

July 2, 2018                  Artist Choice Preview

July 3, 2018                   Art Exhibition & Sale

July 4, 2018                   Art Exhibition & Sale                 

July 5, 2018                   Art Exhibition & Sale

July 6, 2018                   Host housing ends

Please note that the event dates are confirmed, but the detailed schedule is subject to change.


The Sheridan Arts Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization

Sheridan Arts Foundation * 110 N. Oak Street * P.O. Box 2680 * Telluride, CO 81435

(970)728.6363 phone * (970)728.6966 fax




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