16th Annual
Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 24–31, 2020


This year the Sedona Plein Air Festival will be a first of its kind –an all woman event.

Join us for a Sedona Plein Air Festival unlike anything that we have ever done before! We have explored many different themes in our past festivals; Art and Wine, Native American Culture, Figurative Salon—and now we are doing something entirely new—not only will this be a first-of-its-kind, an all-woman festival, but the festival will be presented completely online.

Each artist will be sending in work from their own diverse locations for presentation in the Arts Center’s online Gallery. At the conclusion of the festival week, well known plein air artist Lyn Boyer of Colorado will conduct an online awards ceremony.

Artists will submit new work as it is completed, accompanied by short narratives describing their selection of place and/or their creative process.

Online presentations allow for rich content that could not otherwise be experienced. Art lovers will be able to immerse themselves in presentations from their favorite artists throughout the festival. From live demonstrations, to short videos created by our festival artists all across the country, to an online gallery of new works updated daily—there’s something for everyone! Scroll down to see the complete list of events beginning October 24th.

2020 Schedule of Virtual Events

Sedona Arts Center is pleased to announce new prize money donated for this year’s innovative ‘virtual’ Sedona Plein Air Festival. Vince Fazio, Executive Director of the Center reports that most of the funds for prizes were donated by Arts Center board members after a significant gift from a local supporter started the ball rolling. “I am delighted to announce that we have $5000 in locally donated prize money for the festival. This means that we will award a significant prize for the opening work that artists submit and have funds for special prizes at the end of the week.”

Opening Event Online
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Noon  – 1:00 pm

The Festival begins with a Meet the Artists event Saturday, October 24th from (Noon to 1pm AZ time.) Each artist is submitting one recently completed work which can be a studio or plein air work and an introductory video to represent themselves and kick-off the festival.

Artist Panel Discussion:
The Process of Art
Live, Online Event!
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
5:00 pm

All during the week of Oct 24 – 31, 2020 artists will be submitting new works to the virtual gallery on the Sedona Arts Center website. Festival artwork will be available for purchase all week long during the festival. A panel discussion by the artists on Wednesday Oct 28th at 5pm Arizona time addresses the theme of “The Process of Art”.  At this mid-week point each artist will be presenting a particular work done during the festival week to discuss. Everyone is invited to participate in this Facebook live meeting which will end with a Q&A session.

Virtual Awards Ceremony
Saturday, October 31, 2020
5:00 pm

There will be a special awards presentation at the end of the week by the Festival Judge, Lyn Boyer of Durango Colorado. Lyn is a well-known plein air painter and has won awards at the Sedona Plein Air Festival as well as many other awards in recent years. Lyn will be announcing the award winners and will discuss her selections in the live online event.

First, Second and Third place awards will be given for both the work done during the festival and for the work that the artists choose to represent themselves at the start of the festival. The exhibition will continue online through the month of November.

Artist Awards

Artists will receive awards based on their first painting presented at the Opening Event.

First Place      $1000         Second Place  $600            Third Place      $400

Artists will also receive awards for work done during the week of the festival

First Place      $1500         Second Place  $850            Third Place      $650

Thank you to our sponsors...

Sedona’s Annual Celebration of Plein Air Painting is Generously Made Possible by:

2020 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 while workshops offer specialized content in an intensive format from nationally-known faculty.

Sedona Arts Center offers a variety of workshops

Scholarship funds are available

for plein air festival workshops

15 Art Barn Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact Us

Phone : (928) 282-3809

Email : sac@sedonaartscenter.org

Our Hours

FRI-SUN 10:00am – 5:00pm