Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is one of the most prestigious plein air painting competitions in the United States.  In its 5th year, it is held in Atlanta, Georgia each spring.  Plein air painters produce art from life (as opposed to in the studio). Artists from all over the United States and beyond  vie to be invited to this competition!

26  of the most esteemed contemporary impressionist artists will be painting throughout Georgia with and greater metropolitan Atlanta the week of April 28 - May 5th.  

Many of the world's most accomplished Contemporary Impressionist artists have Olmsted Plein Air Invitational at the top of their wish list of competitions and we will continue to set the bar for excellence in the coming year.

April 28 - May 5, 2019

"Olmsted Plein Air Invitational has become one of the most prestigious plein air painting competitions in the United States. " — Southern Distinction Magazine

"Hottest New Competition May Be in Atlanta. " — Outdoor Painter

2019 Highlights:

March 28 - Master Demonstration

April 4 - Master Demonstration

April 24-26th - Three day workshop with Kathie Odom. Learn More

April 28, 2019 - Artists arrive in Georgia

April 30 - Atlanta History Center host Artists

April 30 Evening - Artist Welcome Event

2018 Quick Facts:

  • Art sales achieved a new benchmark with 160 paintings sold! Approximately 30,000 people participate over the course of the week as Artists painted through Georgia, offer demonstrations and lectures.

  • Olmsted Plein Air's Paint Quick is open to any artist with $20 and ambition. Nearly 200 artists paint for 2 hours in Atlanta's historic Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. Linear Park. The event culminates in an outdoor exhibition and sale

  • Galleries and arts organizations programing, scores of demos, workshops, exhibits and lectures included as part of the weeks events

  • Student scholarship offerings doubled in 2018

  • Master Presentation annual series launched showcasing Olmsted Plein Air alumni providing educational demonstrations and lectures

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is at the center of the modern plein air movement.  The Olmsted is documenting Georgia’s historic, current and vanishing landscapes. The work produced here has importance beyond the daily joy of seeing original artwork in your home.  We invite you to experience the vibrancy and artistic excellence of Olmsted Plein Air and to be a part of the history being made here.  Please contact the at 404-376-7075 or info@olmstedpleinair.com for more information about how you can show your support.