Becoming a 2024 Plein Air in the Smokies Artist Overview

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Twenty artists will be juried to participate in the weeklong event where they will paint within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hosted by Friends of the Smokies, the philanthropic partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, artists will stay in one location (each with their own private room) within one of mile of the park entrance. Four alternates will also be juried as possible backups. 

To apply, please visit our Online Juried Shows link.

Judge: Kathy Anderson 2024

Juror: Mark Boedges

Event Awards:

Best of Show – $5000 plus Invitation to return in 2025 as Featured Artist

Artists Choice Award for Body of Work – $5000

Best Structure – $ 2000

Best Use of Light – $2000

Best Landscape – $2000

Best Water – $2000

Quick Draw Awards:

Competition Artists

First Place – $600

Second Place – $300

Third Place – $100

Open Division

First Place – $600 plus Invitation to return in 2025 as Featured Artist

Second Place – $300

Third Place – $100

Key Dates:

January 19, 2024 – Application due to OnlineJuriedShows.com

February 19, 2024 – Artists and alternates announced

September 21-28, 2024 – Required participation event dates.

Application Requirements to OnlineJuriedShows.com:

Four plein air images

Artist statement