Telluride Plein Air
June 30, 2024 to July 6, 2024
Telluride, Colorado
Application Dates
Oct 1 '23 to Jan 10 '24
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Jan 31, 2024


T h e   S h e r i d a n   A r t s   F o u n d a t i o n   P r e s e n t s

The 21st Annual Telluride Plein Air 

A celebration of outdoor painting

Application Dates: Oct 1, 2023 - Jan 10, 2024

Application Fee: $55.00, Notification Date: Jan 31, 2024


EligibilityTelluride Plein Air

Open to all artists 18 years and older.

Entry Form and Fee

The 2024 Telluride Plein Air application will be available online October 1, 2023 through January ,10 2024.  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. Please refer to the Juried Art Services Help File for new image requirements. 

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 15-20 artists for a total of 20-25 artists to participate in the 2024 event (the top five revenue-generating artists and Artist Choice First Place winner of 2023 are invited back for the 2024 event). Notification of selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than January 31, 2024. Artist agreement forms will be emailed to those who have been accepted following the announcement.  

Exhibition Details

ARTISTS MUST BE ON-SITE FOR ALL THREE DAYS OF THE SALE. All artwork must be completed in the Telluride area between June 23 (a week before housing starts, so artists must secure their own housing if they arrive early to paint) and July 6, 2024. Canvases will be stamped with an approved insignia as they arrive; wet paintings produced on June 23 or later can be stamped. 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. Paintings must fit on pro-panel displays which are 6” tall and 38.5” wide. Please do not bring canvasses that are wider than 38.5” wide.


Telluride Plein AirThis 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 30, 2024 (artists may 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. 


$15,000 cash and prizes. 


Jan. 10, 2024                  Online Application Cut Off

Jan. 31, 2024                  Artists notified of acceptance via email

Feb. 7, 2024                   Artist agreement sent out via email

March 5, 2024                 Artist agreement signed and returned to the SAF

June 23-30, 2024            Early arrival dates (does not include housing)

June 30, 2024                 Host housing begins (for following 7 nights)

July 1, 2024                    Quick Draw Competition & Sale

July 3, 2024                    Artist Choice Preview

July 4, 2024                    Art Exhibition & Sale

July 5, 2024                    Art Exhibition & Sale                  

July 6, 2024                    Art Exhibition & Sale

July 6, 2024                    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