Plein Air at the Fair Contest

Capturing the iconic images of the California State Fair

Both novice and experts alike are invited to capture the iconic images of the California State Fair! Come create a painting “en Plein Aire” – a French term literally translated as “In Open Air.”

Top three paintings at the end of the weekend will be awarded first, second and third place cash prizes and displayed for the duration of the Fair.

This contest is open to California residents, adults and those who have reached 13 years of age as of January 1, 2022.

Paint Out Weekend: July 23 – 24, 2022

How to Enter

2019 Plein Air Adult Winners

  • 1st Place: Suzanne Goodwin – “Fair Critters”
  • 2nd Place: Kristian Matthews – “Spirit of the Fair”
  • 3rd Place: Sowmya Gabe – “Carnival”

2019 Plein Air Youth Winners

  • 1st Place: Angela M. Chow – “Spring Lake”
  • 2nd Place: Talon Pham – “Fair”
  • 3rd Place: Angela M. Chow – “Robert J. Field”
Past Results Archive

Emily Reed

Fine Art Coordinator

(916) 263-3135

fineart@calexpo.com

Competition Dates

Dates Details
April 1, 2022 Entries Open registration online
July 6, 2022 Plein Air Entry Close online at 11:59 PM & entry fees must be paid
July 23-24, 2022 Painting is done around the fair grounds
July 24, 2022 Completed paintings submitted to building #7 by 4 pm
July 24, 2022 Judging & Award 6:00 pm
July 24, 2022 or August 8, 2022 Plein Air Artwork can be picked up

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