April 21-29, 2018

The 4th Annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitation

Further details about how to get involved will be sent out at a later date

In its 4th year, the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational has become one of the most prestigious plein air painting competitions in the United States. 30 Master Artists will capture the landscapes of metro Atlanta and beyond. Plein air painters produce art from life (as opposed to in the studio). We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Atlanta History Center, Shops Buckhead Atlanta  and the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance. Participation in the Olmsted Plein Air is by invitation only. Many of the country's  most accomplished landscape painters  have  The Olmsted at the top of their wish list of competitions and we will continue to set the bar for excellence in the coming year. Master Artists compete for one of the largest purses in the country and the the prestige of winning The Olmsted trophy.

Your support as Sponsors, Friends of Olmsted Plein Air and purchase of paintings ensures the sustainability and success of the Invitational.   Olmsted Plein Air is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that is dedicated to nurturing the visual and cultural art education and experience through the art of plein air painting. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.                  

2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Award Winners



Our Nationally recognized artists will paint for seven exciting days throughout Atlanta and their beautiful works will be evaluated by an expert panel of three Awards Judges.

Each artist will be vying for their piece of the purse plus the prestige of winning the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. 


All outdoor painting events in Atlanta's classic and historic landscapes are open to the public. Complementary tours, lectures and demonstrations will be on-going throughout the event. School children are invited to attend. Design and university students will be able to study the works being created outdoors.

Corporate Sponsors and Friends will mix and mingle with Artists at ticketed evening and daytime events. 


Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 10.14.12 PM.png


Paintings will be available for purchase at select events throughout the week.

Competition paintings will be offered for sale first at an exclusive, ticketed Preview  Reception of the Gallery and then followed immediately by the ticketed Awards and Collector’s Soirée.

All paintings will be available for purchase to the Public the following days.


The public is invited to come paint in this exciting and fun event where you'll be able to set your easel and if you desire, paint next to one of our Master competing plein air painters.  

Come create your own interpretation of the Olmsted Linear Park landscape and enjoy the camaraderie of other painters and the possiblity of winning the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Paint Quick Competition.  

The Paint Quick is open to any level of painter from beginner to accomplished amateur and your ticket gives you an opportunity to win cash and art supply awards.