15th Annual
Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 12–19, 2019

Announcing $10,000 in cash prizes including $5000 1st Prize!

Deadline extended to April 15, 2019

Paint in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime environment with stunning beauty and the Sedona Arts Center has roots going back 60 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony’. The Sedona Plein Air Festival takes place during the best weather period of the year at the height of tourist season and is supported by a group of very experienced and enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Our community of art lovers open their doors to host – twenty-five artists from around the country that will be selected to participate.

"I am thrilled that two astute collectors that have a love for the Sedona Plein Air Festival have come forward to offer us a special boon. $10,000 of prize money! Though they wish to remain anonymous I am deeply touched and grateful on behalf of all the artists and the Sedona Arts Center! This raises the prestige of our Festival as it enters its 15th year and we are happy to announce that we are spreading the award money throughout the event and creating a special Best of Show award for $5000!" –Vince Fazio, Executive Director, Sedona Arts Center.

An opening exhibition of six works by each artist creates a diverse opening exhibition representing a variety of media and style incorporating studio and plein air work. Paintings done during the festival are integrated into the ongoing exhibition throughout the week. Paintings are available for sale to patrons all week long.

A keynote address mid-week and an awards gala Friday evening provide added encouragement to view and purchase. On Friday afternoon the artists select their best three works to be judged for awards in the designated Awards room. The festival also includes three paint-out events where all artist’s paint and the public is invited to watch and buy. Each paint-out has its own awards accompanied by a sales event.


Sedona Plein Air Festival2019 Image Award: Lyn Boyer

2018 Festival Artists:

Suzie Baker
Joshua Been
Richard Boyer
Lyn Boyer
Peter Campbell
Betty Carr
Christine Debrosky
Tracey Frugoli
Kadin Goldberg
Bruce Gomez
Catherine Hillis
Qiang Huang
Frankie Johnson
Shelby Keefe
Rick Kinateder

Kathleen Lanzoni
Wyatt LeGrand
John Lintott
Gretchen Lopez
Mick McGinty
James McGrew
Lilli-anne Price
Kari Ganoung Ruiz
Stock Schlueter
Julia Munger Seelos
Steve Stauffer
Paula Swain
Williamson Tapia
Melanie Thompson


2019 Festival Schedule

Coming Soon!


Contact Us

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
P: (928) 282-3809


2019 Plein Air Workshops at Sedona Arts Center

  • Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well-established cultural organizations and serves as the creative heart of Sedona. Founded in 1958, the nonprofit organization is based at the Art Barn in Uptown and offers year-round classes, exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events that enhance the creative life of the Verde Valley.  Sedona residents and newcomers alike look to Sedona Arts Center for their introduction to and ongoing involvement in the arts. The School of the Arts programming is designed to reach out to all aspiring artists and students - all ages and levels of learning. Ongoing instruction is available in a variety of mediums.

  • Click here to explore Plein Air Workshops at Sedona Arts Center

Scholarship funds may be available for those who would benefit and have need:
Click here for our Scholarship Application



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