Open to all artists 18 years and older.
Entry Form and Fee
The 2023 Telluride Plein Air application will be available online October 1, 2022 through January 9, 2023. Submission fee is $55 per person & includes 3-5 images and one bio/resume. 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 1400 pixels on the shortest 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 here.
Help entering images, questions or concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 15-20 artists for a total of 20-25 artists to participate in the 2023 event (the top five revenue-generating artists and Artist Choice First Place winner of 2022 are invited back for the 2023 event). Notification of selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than January 30, 2023. Artist agreement forms will be emailed to those who have been accepted following the announcement.
All artwork must be completed in the Telluride area between June 23 and July 4, 2023. Telluride Plein Air officially begins June 28, but artists may arrive as early as June 23 to paint. If artists choose to arrive early, they MUST secure their own housing until the official start of the festival on June 28. 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 ten 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/partner at no charge for seven nights beginning June 28, 2023 (we ask artists to NOT request additional lodging nights with their host). If an artist plans on bringing additional family members (i.e. children, siblings) 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.
In honor of the 20th anniversary, the purse has increased from $10,000 to $15,000 cash and prizes.
Jan. 9, 2023 Online Application Cut Off
Jan. 30, 2023 Artists notified of acceptance via email
Feb. 6, 2023 Artist agreement sent out via email
March 13, 2023 Artist agreement signed and returned to the SAF
June 23-28, 2023 Early arrival dates (does not include housing)
June 28, 2023 Host housing begins (for following 7 nights)
June 30, 2023 Quick Draw Competition & Sale
July 1, 2023 Artist Choice Preview
July 2, 2023 Art Exhibition & Sale
July 3, 2023 Art Exhibition & Sale
July 4, 2023 Art Exhibition & Sale
July 5, 2023 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