Prescott Plein Air Art Festival

Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes

September 30 – October 4, 2020

The Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH) and the City of Prescott are pleased to present the Prescott Plein Air Art Festival, September 30 through October 4, 2020. Plein Air artists paint outdoors, capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their art. Locations include: Willow Lake, Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Goldwater Lake,  Granite Mountain, Granite Dells, Touchmark, and the Highlands Center for Natural History.

The application window for this year’s event has closed. If you are interested in participating in 2021 please call 928-776-9550.


Artist Application

Event Requirements

All artwork must be completed in the Prescott area during the Festival event dates of September 30 – Oct 3, 2020. Your canvases will be stamped at the Artist Orientation event on September 29th at the Highlands Center. Artwork with this stamp, along with any other previous artwork you would like to show, will be accepted in the Exhibition & Sale at the Highlands Center. Wire hangers, or a suitable hanging device, must be attached and ready to hang.


The sales will take place at the Highlands Center and Gala Reception. The Center will act as the Arts Center, from Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4. The Highlands Center will retain 50% of all sales revenue generated through the event. Commissioned pieces will be permitted at the above-mentioned rate. Payments for all work sold will be mailed shortly after the exhibition closes.

Licensing for Promotion

Artist acceptance to the event grants the Highlands Center a nonexclusive license to use images of participating artists for Prescott Plein Air Festival promotional purposes including, but not limited to, the invitation, website, posters, advertisements, and subsequent year’s prospectus. Participating artists must sign a photo/video release authorizing the Prescott Plein Air Festival to reproduce and use said photographs/recordings for use in Prescott Plein Air Festival advertising, publicity, commercial or other business purposes.


Awards will be granted to the artists judged to be: Best of Show, Highlands Center Best of Show, and two honorable mentions.


Lodging/ Transportation

Artists will be responsible to find and make their lodging arrangements for the Festival. A list of local lodging facilities offering a discount will be provided prior to the event. We have several host sites available for out of town artists. Artist are responsible for providing their own transportation to their painting site. A volunteer will assist you at each site and provide water.

About the Judges

Daniel Finley- Executive Director- Desert Caballeros Western Museum 

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from the University of Wisconsin. He formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of the Muzéo Museum and Cultural Center  in Anaheim, California; the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles, California; and the Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Mary Ann Igna- Deputy Director – Desert Caballeros Western Museum 

Since graduating from Duke University in 1972 with a BA in art history, Mary Ann has spent her career as an arts administrator. Her first job was at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., followed by a stint at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as curator of its Bicentennial exhibition.  She then moved to Michigan to become curator of exhibitions at Cranbrook Academy of Art before heading west for 13 years at the Denver Art Museum and 12 at the Aspen Art Museum where she was twice Interim Director.

Prescott Plein Air Art Festival Artist Application

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