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Garfield Park Plein Air Painting Competition

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Garfield Park Plein Air Painting Competition


The Garfield Park Plein Air Painting Competition

An opportunity for local artists to come together and paint in beautiful historic Garfield Park! Join in for some traditional outdoor painting, and enter for a chance to win a cash prize of up to $1,000!

Open to ages 16 and up.

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony:
Friday, July 7, 2017, 6-8pm

Competition Guidelines:

  • Registration is $15 for adults 21 and older, $10 for youth 16-20. You can register by visiting the Garfield Park Arts Center during our open hours, or by calling (317) 327-7135 (credit card only). Artists must register to participate in the competition by May 6, 2017.
  • One painting may be submitted per person. Paintings must be submitted, ready to hang or install, to the Garfield Park Arts Center no later than June 3, 2017.
  • Paintings must be created between the dates of March 1 – June 3, 2017. You may choose to participate in one of the Paint Days, or paint at your own convenience. Accepted mediums are Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, and Mixed Media. While you do not necessarily have to paint a scene from Indy Parks, it is strongly encouraged. The arts center is a family friendly venue, so submissions with adult themes may be rejected if deemed inappropriate.
  • Paintings will be on display in our main gallery July 1 – 29, 2017. Opening Reception and Award Ceremony: Friday, July 7, 2017, 6-8pm.
  • Awards will be granted to winners selected by a juried panel: Grand Prize ($1000), 2nd Place ($500), 3rd Place ($300).

Paint Days – Saturdays, March-May, 10-3

Each Saturday during the months of March, April, and May, they will have a “Paint Day”. They invite you to come to Garfield Park on these days and dedicate time to paint out in the open air. Bring your painting supplies and join the fun!

Small portable easels will be available to loan out from 10am-3pm. You must have a valid I.D. in order to borrow an easel. The arts center will also provide practical items such as water, paper towels, and access to restrooms; however, you are responsible for providing your own canvas, paints, brushes, etc. Paint Days are completely optional, and will not impact your stake in the competition.

Feel free to bring your little ones, as they will have mini paint kits available for them to create their own works of art outside on the patio!