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Announcing the 2019 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational

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

Plein air painting produces art from life (as opposed to in the studio). Artists across the United States are invited to participate. Some of the most esteemed contemporary impressionist artists will painting throughout  Georgia/Metro Atlanta April 28 - May 5, 2019.  Many of the world's most accomplished 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.

2019 Highlights: 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 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 program scores of demos, workshops, exhibits and lectures as part of the event

  • Student scholarship offerings doubled in 2018

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