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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: Statewide
State: California
Fee: FREE for Artists in Sacramento (plus 50-mile radius)
Entry Deadline: 9/04/21


This call to artists honors the tradition of Plein Air artmaking in two-dimensional media including photography/digital representations, that respond to the landscape and architecture of California. This tradition began in the late 1800s and continues to this day.  The Plein Air style began in France during the periods of Impressionism and Post Impressionism as well as early street and landscape photography. Our objective is to herald this iconic style while propelling it forward. 


6/17 - entry open
9/04/21 - entry deadline
TBD- Paint in designated locations  
10/02- 10/03 - Exhibition at Antiquité Maison Privée

FEE: FREE/ 1 images  

ELIGIBILITY:  Submissions include 2 categories: traditional two-dimensional media and photography/digital media with a maximum size of 11" x 14" including frame.  Works on canvas or panel need not be framed but must include hardware and/or wire for hanging. 

Submit 1 image of plein air works created within the posted start/ stop dates
Original work only
Work done under the guidance of an instructor is ineligible.
JPG or JPEG file type only. Images of artwork only (no frames or borders) 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side, 5MB max file size
All images must be cropped to the image only

1 plein air works created during the event (eligible for awards) or

1 original photograph created during the event (eligible for awards)

*Please note that all Registered Artists will also be contacted to participate in the statewide call for entry in July. At that time, they may choose to submit an additional 3 images, for a donation of $35.


Please read below to learn more about the program. 


A Little More About What's Coming Up


Plein Air Sac is a nonprofit community arts program that encourages partnerships between artists, businesses, and civic leaders. The program's mission is to promote local artists, encourage art education, promote community businesses, and raise money for partner charities. 


​Local Artists

Plein Air Sac is currently signing up artists in the greater Sacramento region to become Registered Artists. Signing up is FREE. Registered artists enjoy the following benefits:

  • Exclusive invitations to Plein Air Sac art-making events throughout the region

  • Introduction to potential patrons and supporters

  • Listing on the Plein Air Sac website & print materials

  • Inclusion in Plein Air Sac marketing collateral

  • The submission of ONE completed piece for a chance to compete in our juried exhibition

  • The opportunity to partner with participating businesses

Artists will also have the option to donate $35, which will allow THREE art submissions for consideration in the juried exhibition event.


Artists Throughout California

Beginning this summer, Plein Air Sac will issue a Call for Entry to artists throughout California for its inaugural juried exhibit this fall. Artists who wish to participate in the call for entry will be asked to submit a completed application, pay a submission fee, and submit the works they would like to be considered for the exhibit.



Local businesses have several options for participation in the program. Businesses that would like to participate must submit a sponsorship form, complete with payment. There are three tiers of sponsorship level businesses can choose from.


The monies collected from the artists and businesses will support youth arts in the Sacramento region, the administration of the program, and partner charities. 

The program is administered by Youth Connections Unlimited and Blue Bushel Creative & Marketing, Inc. Youth Connections Unlimited is a California Corporation, registered as a 501(c)(3). Blue Bushel is a California Corporation.



PLEIN AIR SAC is a community arts program brought to you by 
Blue Bushel Creative & Marketng, Inc. 

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    Midtown Sacramento | 95816


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