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Telluride Plein Air
June 28, 2022 to July 4, 2022
Telluride, Colorado
  Application Opens:
Oct 1, 2021

Application Dates:
Oct 1, 2021 - Dec 15, 2021
Application Fee:
Late App. Dates:
Dec 16 - Jan 15, 2022
Additional Late Fee:
Notification Date:
Feb 1, 2022

The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents the 19th annual



Open to all artists 18 years and older.


Entry Form and Fee

The 2022 Telluride Plein Air application will be available online October 1, 2021 through December 15, 2021.  Submission fee is $50 per person & includes 3-5 images and one bio/resume. Late registration ends January 15, 2022 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 and minimum 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 at https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=help:tutorial.  Help entering images, questions or concerns can be directed to support@jurying.net.


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 2022 event (the top five revenue-generating artists of 2021 are invited back for the 2022 event). Notification of selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than February 1, 2022. 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 23 and July 4, 2022. 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, 2022 (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.


Over $10,000 in cash and prizes



Dec.15, 2021                   Online Application Cut Off

Jan. 15, 2022                  Late Online Application Cut Off ($10 additional fee applies)

Feb. 1, 2022                   Artists notified of acceptance via email

Feb. 5, 2022                   Artist agreement sent out via email

March 12, 2022               Artist agreement signed and returned to the SAF

June 23-28, 2022           Early arrival dates (does not include housing)

June 28, 2022                 Host housing begins (for following 7 nights)

June 30, 2022                 Quick Draw Competition & Sale

July 1, 2022                    Artist Choice Preview

July 2, 2022                    Art Exhibition & Sale

July 3, 2022                    Art Exhibition & Sale                          

July 4, 2022                    Art Exhibition & Sale

July 5, 2022                    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

  Application Opens: Oct 1, 2021



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