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13th Annual Telluride Plein Air
June 28, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Telluride, Colorado
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Application Dates:
Oct 1, 2015 - Jan 4, 2016
Application Fee:
Late App. Dates:
Jan 5 - Jan 08, 2016
Additional Late Fee:
Notification Date:
Feb 1, 2016

The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents the 13th annual


Open to all artists 18 years and older.

Entry Form and Fee

The 2016 Telluride Plein Air application will be available online from October 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016. Submission fee is $50 per person & includes 3-5 images and one bio/resume. Late registration ends January 8, 2016 with an additional $10 fee. Requested data will include the submission of three-five painting images (plein air works 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 1400 pixels on the longest side) as part of the online application process. 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.

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 20 and 25 artists for a total of 25-30 artists to participate in the 2016 event. (The top five revenue-generating artists of 2015 are invited back for the 2016 event.) Notification of selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than February 1, 2016. Artist agreement forms will be physically mailed to those who have been accepted following the announcement.

Exhibition Details

All artwork must be completed in the Telluride area between June 28 and July 4, 2016. 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 weekend. The Sheridan Arts Foundation will retain 40 percent of all sales revenue generated throughout the event. 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 28, 2016 (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)-$1000
Crowd Favorite Award-$1000


Jan. 4, 2016 Online Application Cut Off
Jan. 8, 2016 Late Online Application Cut Off ($10 additional fee applies)
Feb. 1, 2016 Artists are notified via email, artist agreement mailed out
March 15, 2016 Artist agreement signed and returned to the SAF
June 26 - 28, 2016 Artists arrive to Telluride
June 28, 2016 Host housing begins
July 1, 2016 Quick Draw Competition & Sale, Artist Choice Preview
July 2, 2016 Art Exhibition & Sale
July 3, 2016 Art Exhibition & Sale
July 4, 2016 Art Exhibition & Sale and Closing Party

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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