Plein Air in the Parks returns to Cody in September

Registration now open for annual painting and drawing competition

Posted 8/3/21

Plein Air in the Parks will pair talented artists with beautiful locations as the competition returns to Cody this fall. The annual painting and drawing competition will take place at Buffalo Bill …

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Plein Air in the Parks returns to Cody in September

Registration now open for annual painting and drawing competition

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Plein Air in the Parks will pair talented artists with beautiful locations as the competition returns to Cody this fall. The annual painting and drawing competition will take place at Buffalo Bill State Park west of Cody on Sept. 9-12. 

This year, for the first time, there will be two separate Plein Air in the Parks events in different locations. In addition to the Cody event, Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie will host Plein Air in the Parks on Aug. 26-29. Registration for youth and adult categories is now open and available online for both events.

“State Parks continues to be a supportive and enthusiastic partner for this event. Their excitement for the program has allowed us to expand it to two locations this year,” said Rachel Clifton, assistant director of the Wyoming Arts Council. “We’re also grateful to our partners in both Laramie and Cody for helping make these events possible.”

Early bird registration is $35 for artists. Regular and walk-up registration will be $50. A reduced rate for college students is available for $15 and a youth division rate for those under the age of 18 is available for $5. Artists will have the option of selling pieces produced during the event at the concluding reception and art show.

The competitions will be judged anonymously. The Best in Show Cash Award will be $1,000, while second and third place prizes go for $500 and $250, respectively. 

The public is invited to attend a reception on the Sunday of each event and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, a $250 cash award, and to purchase artwork produced during the event. Youth categories will be judged separately and also include cash awards.

To register for the event at Buffalo Bill State Park, visit https://pleinairintheparks-bbsp2021.eventbrite.com. Early bird registration is available through Sept. 3.

Registration for the event at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site can be found at https://pleinairintheparks-wtp2021.eventbrite.com. Early bird pricing is available through Aug. 20.

For full rules and regulations, visit wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/plein-air.

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