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Artists on Location, A Plein Air Event
April 23, 2018 to April 28, 2018
Knoxville area for plein air painting and the Knoxville Museum of Art
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Application Dates:
Dec 12, 2017 - Mar 15, 2018
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Mar 21, 2018


Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on location, A Plein Air Painting Event

Application deadline: March 15, 2018

Acceptance notification: March 25, 2018

Application fee: $50.00

(Includes 2 invitations to the Sponsor/Artist Reception to be held April 26, 2018)


The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) seeks artists to participate in Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting Event April 23-28, 2018.  Artists working in all oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic have an opportunity to showcase their talents by painting outdoors over several days at sites in and around scenic Knoxville, Tennessee.  Artists will show and sell the resulting work at the Knoxville Museum of Art during Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting Event exhibition, awards and sale on Saturday evening April 28, 2018.  Knoxville’s location in the shadow of the Smokies has inspired artists since the nineteenth century.  Artists on Location encourages artists to take their materials outdoors and respond directly to the area’s natural springtime beauty and to make their creative efforts available to buyers who will treasure images of these landmarks and locations. Housing for the event is available upon request. Please contact knoxvillepleinair@gmail.com.


KMA’s Artists on Location event is open to painters age 17 and older. All entrants will be juried by a professional, outside artist. The maximum total number of participants will be 35. Application on Juried Art Services is open until March 15, 2018. 


Cash prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd places, as well as several honorable mentions. Art will be judged by featured artist Jason Saunders.

 Promotion and Marketing

Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting Event will be supported through the KMA and Dogwood Arts Festival websites and to the public through printed publications, TV, and social media. 

Submission Requirements

Artists will submit 3 digital images of plein air paintings made within the past two years. Please use a high-quality image and include the name of the painting. Arrange images in the order in which you would like them to be viewed.  Images must be JPEG format at 300 ppi and sized from 1400 to 4000 pixels on the longest dimension. Refer to the Help menu on the Juried Art Services site. Images must be in JPEG format and may be used for promotion of the event.  

Notifications will be sent to each applicant via email no later than March 25, 2018. Artist agreement forms and mapped locations will be emailed to accepted artists following the notification announcement and once payment is secured.  

Payment Procedures

A jury fee of $50.00 is due by March 15, 2018.   

Complete the application through Juried Art Services. This site is free to participating artists.  Please send payment for the jury fee through:


You may also pay by sending a check to:

Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 World’s Fair Park Drive

Knoxville, TN 37916

Attention: The Guild of KMA – Karen Mann

Artists who have not paid the $50 entry fee by March 15, 2018 will forfeit entry into the competition.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have through the application process at knoxvillepleinair@gmail.com

Event Requirements

A mandatory check-in and orientation will take place at the KMA on Monday, April 23 at 2:00.

Artists will agree to declare artwork was produced entirely en plein air with no photographic or technologic assistance during KMA Artists on Location, A Plein Air Event.

Artists will create artwork on stamped canvases in and around Knoxville.

Artists will provide their own material and transportation to locations. Housing is available upon request. Please contact knoxvillepleinair@gmail.com by March 15 if you require housing.

Completed works must be accompanied with artist name, location, and price.

Artists will sign up for one 3-hour shift at a predetermined location. Otherwise, artists are free to paint when and where they choose.

All artwork for the exhibition must be checked into the KMA no later than 1pm on Saturday, April 28.

Important Dates


 Registration open through www.juriedartservices.com until March 15, 2018

March 15

Deadline for application and payments.

March 25

Notifications sent out to participants

March 25

Agreements and information packets sent 

April 23

Artist check-in and orientation at KMA at 2:00

April 23 - 28

Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting Event begins.  Artists paint on location for 4 days in and around Knoxville TN

April 26

Artists and guest are invited to Sponsor Cocktail Reception 6 - 8 pm.

April 28

Artists must check in by 11:00 am. All artwork must be checked in and hung up by 1:00 pm.

April 28

KMA Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting exhibition, awards and sale at 5:30-8:30 pm.


Competition and Sales

All works (except for one studio piece brought from home) must be original and painted en plein air during the KMA Artists on Location event. Works painted during the event are limited to oil, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor. Artists may choose to submit one studio piece to the reception and sale. The studio piece brought from home may be of any medium.  

Framed and unframed art works are permitted.  However, unframed art must be 1 ½ inch thick edge gallery wrapped canvas and appropriately finished to edges. Artwork must be ready and wired for installation and sale. No saw tooth hangers are permitted. Artists will hang their own artwork on April 28. Materials to assist with hanging will be available.

Artists must submit at least two (2) finished pieces for prize judging.  Artists may submit additional pieces created during the event and one (1) studio piece brought from home for the exhibit and sale. Studio pieces are exempt from awards. Artwork must fit into a 4’ X 10’ space.  All works must be accompanied by name of painting, artists name and price. Paintings must all be hung on wall. No artwork is permitted to sit on floor.

The Knoxville Museum of Art will retain a 40% commission AND artists receive 60% commission of sale price for each piece.  Payments for sold artwork will be sent to 30 days after the event. All artists must submit a completed W-9 form at time of artist check in.

Work must be removed by 3:00 pm Sunday, April 29. This will allow the continuance of potential sales. Any work that is left in the museum following 3:00 Sunday, April 29 will become the property of the Knoxville Museum of Art.

This event is a fundraiser for the Knoxville Museum of Art, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all proceeds support the KMA’s mission to promote the arts through education and community events.  Art work donated for this event may be tax deductable.

Reception for sponsors and artists

All artists and one guest are invited to a private cocktail reception and plein air painting demonstration the evening of April 26, 2018.

Featured Artist and Juror

We are thrilled to have Jason Saunders from Middle Tennessee as our featured artist and judge.


Jason Allen Saunders began his formal studies at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. There he obtained a strong foundation of painting, under the watchful eye of his teacher, Dawn E. Whitelaw. During and shortly after college, Jason travelled to study with three of the countries most 

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