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, 2023.

Paint Out Weekend: July 22 – 23, 2023

How to Enter

Check the guide for full instructions on how to enter.

2023 California Fine Art Competition Guide

Step by Step Online Instructions How to Enter

Adult Plein-Air Competition Results

  • 1st Place: Paul Glushku
  • 2nd Place: John Atkinson
  • 3rd Place: Alayna Hudson
  • 4th Place: Yvonne Bonacci

Youth Plein-Air Competition Results

  • 1st Place: Tatiana Young
  • 2nd Place: Katheryn Slavik
  • 3rd Place: Nicole Wang
Past Results Archive

Delgreta Brown

Fine Art Coordinator

(916) 263-3135

Competition Dates

Dates Details
April 14, 2023 Entries Open registration online
July 7, 2023 Plein Air Entry Close online at 11:59 pm & entry fees must be paid
July 22-23, 2023 Painting is done around the fair grounds
July 23, 2023 Completed paintings submitted to building 7 by 4 pm
July 23, 2023 Plein Air Competition Awards 6:00pm, indoors, inside Building 7, Fine Arts Exhibit Hall at the Expo Center
July 23, 2023 or August 5, 2023 Plein Air Artwork can be picked up

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