Prescott Plein Air Art Festival

Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes

October 21 – 24,  2021

The Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH) and the City of Prescott are pleased to present the second annual Prescott Plein Air Art Festival, October 21-24, 2021. Plein Air artists paint outdoors, capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their art. Artists are invited to paint Prescott’s landscapes, architectural and historic sites.


Artist Schedule

Artist Application

Event Requirements

All artwork must be completed in the Prescott area during the Festival event dates of October 21 – October 23. Your canvases will be stamped at the Artist Orientation event on October 20 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 Touchmark at the Ranch.

Pre Event

The Highlands Center invites artists to participate in pre-event promotional “Artists in the Gardens” exhibitions in the Highlands Center’s Discovery Gardens on select Sundays prior to the Festival. Dates are TBD but artist input will be taken into consideration.


The sales will take place at Gala Reception and online following the Reception.  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, People’s Choice, and one honorable mention.


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.

Schedule of Events


Wednesday, October 20

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Attendance required

Artists Orientation – Highlands Center for Natural History- Food & Beverages will be provided

Thursday, October 21

Sunrise to evening

Plein air painting

Friday, October 22

Sunrise to evening

Plein air painting

Saturday, October 23

Sunrise to evening

Plein air painting

Sunday, October 24

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception and Sale at The Finn at Touchmark at the Ranch

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Awards Presentation at The Finn at Touchmark at the Ranch

Post Reception and Sale

Online sale of remaining artwork

The dates are confirmed, but the detailed schedule is subject to change.

For questions, please call 928-776-9500

The application window for the Prescott Plein Air Art Festival has closed. Please consider applying next year or call our office at 928-776-9550 for more information.

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