Prescott Plein Air Art Festival

Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes

October 13 – 16,  2022

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 13-16, 2022. 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 13 – October 15. Your canvases will be stamped October 12 at the FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch from 11am – 1pm prior to the Artist Orientation event at the Highlands Center from 1 pm – 3 pm. 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 events including “Artists in the Gardens” Reception October 11 at the Highlands Center and an exhibition and sale of previous plein air art work at Yavapai College August 13 – September 30. Some dates are TBD and all dates are subject to change 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.

Schedule of Events


Tuesday, October 11

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception at the Highlands Center

Wednesday, October 12

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Artist drop off and canvas stamping at the FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Attendance required

Thursday, October 13

Sunrise to evening

Plein Air Painting

Friday, October 14

Sunrise to evening

Plein Air Painting

Saturday, October 15

Sunrise to evening

Plein Air Painting

Sunday, October 16

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Reception and Sale at The Finn at Touchmark at the Ranch

4:00 pm – 5:00 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 928-776-9550

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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