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Sonoran Plein Air Painters
A Brush With the Desert

Sonoran Plein Air Painters and Arizona Sonora Desert Museum present:

“A Brush with the Desert”

Nov 12, 2021 – Jan 16, 2022

At the Ironwood Gallery of the Art Institute

2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson AZ 85743


Exhibition Sponsors

Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum


Exhibition Details

Sonoran Plein Air Painters (SPAP) and the Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum are sponsoring an exciting opportunity open to SPAP members.   The theme of the show is an artist’s experience with the Sonoran Desert.


Show Point of Contact: Kathy McLean



  • Open to SPAP members with dues up to date.
  • To renew go to:


Format & Entry Fees

  • $25 for up to 3 entries; $5 more for a 4th entry and another $5 for a 5th entry
  • No size restrictions
  • Show will be Juried/Judged.  The Juror has the last say in the show selection.
  • Sales will be split with 30% to the Desert Museum, 10% to SPAP, and 60 % to the artist.


  • All entries must be 2 Dimensional, framed plein air paintings in oils, acrylic, water media, or pastel. 
  • Works should be painted en plein air within the last 2 years.
  • Work must not have been in previous shows.
  • Paintings should represent the theme: Sonoran Desert
  • Please prepare art with wire on back to be hung on hooks.
  • SPAP reserves the right to reject any artwork not deemed ready to hang.  


Entering Your Images


You will use Online Juried Shows, and you’ll look up our prospectus:


Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.


Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, RGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

By entering this show, you are providing permission for the use of your images for promotional materials. 

Jury/Judge –  this will be a juried and judged event.


Juror:  Charles Thomas

Judge: TBD


Category - Plein Air Painting



Sales will be split with 30% to the Desert Museum, 10% to SPAP, and 60 % to the artist.


The show will also be available online with artwork for sale to a global audience on  and






1st place: $400

2nd place: $250

3rd place: $100

Two Honorable Mentions: $50 each


Important Dates


• July 12 Open date to submit artwork to OnLineJuriedShows

• Sept 24   Closing date to submit artwork to OnLineJuriedShows

• Sept 30 Jury results and notification to artists of accepted/declined pieces

• Nov 9 12-2 pm - Artists deliver accepted works to the Ironwood Gallery

• Nov 11 Judging at the gallery

• Nov 12 Show opens to the public.  Reception 4:00-6:00 PM

• Jan 16 Show Closes

• Jan 18 12-2pm - artists pick up artwork



Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders’ list. On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from ConstantContact, that will state the same. 


1. Go to and log in using your email address and password.

2. Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile." You are now in Your account! 

3. Click the show name and you will see your first image. The jury results will be under the thumbnail view. 

4. As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined into the show." Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter." The letter will then be displayed below.

5. If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image. 

6. While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up to date. NOTE: Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety. Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.


SPAP  or Ironwood Gallery of the Art Institute or Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is not liable for stolen or damaged art and by entering this show, you accept these terms.

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