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Suffolk Plein Air Festival
2022 Suffolk Plein Air Festival

Suffolk, Virginia 23434

Phone: 757-925-1800                            






Suffolk Plein Air Festival

Tuesday, September 6-Sunday, September 11, 2022

Call for Artists


The Suffolk Plein Air Festival committee invites you to apply to participate in the 2022 Suffolk Plein Air Festival competition and wet paint exhibit/sale.    The Awards Reception and Wet Paint Sale is in the Norfolk Foundation and BB&T Galleries at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 5:30-10 pm.   Up to three (3) works will be accepted for display and judging in artist’s preferred medium.  The Suffolk Plein Air Festival is hosted by the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, the Suffolk Art League, and Suffolk Tourism.


Works are for sale unless specified otherwise by the artist.  There is a 40% commission on all sales.  All items must remain on display until the end of the show unless other arrangements have been made.  The application fee is $45, non-refundable.


•       Up to three (3) works produced during the event will be displayed and judged.  

•       Two dimensional works must be framed or gallery-wrapped, and ready to hang with wire and screw eyes.  

•       Participation is open to only those artists selected by the judge to participate in the festival.

•       Please identify each piece with the labels that will be provided with acceptance. 

•       Submitting the application indicates your intention to participate, if selected.

•       Follow the instructions in the to submit two or three pieces to be reviewed for consideration as a participant.  An artist’s CV or resume is helpful, but not required.


Optional Exhibition September 7-11, 2022:

Artists who are selected to participate are invited to bring up to two (2) previously completed works to display and sell in a separate exhibit beginning Wednesday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10, 2022.  This exhibit will be open to the public.  There is a 40% commission on all sales.

QuickDraw and Taste of Suffolk event Saturday, September 10, 2022:

The Festival QuickDraw event is open to artists at all levels and ages.  Prior registration is encouraged, but not required.  Onsight registration will be open to participate as well.  The application fee to participate is $10, non-refundable.  A 20% commission will be deducted from sales made during the QuickDraw.


Important Dates:

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Notification to selected participants:  Friday, April 15, 2022

Artists’ check-in: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Optional Exhibition artwork Drop Off: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Optional Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10, 2022

Artists’ Dinner: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Painting Days: Tuesday, September 6-Friday, September 9, 2022

Judging of new Plein Air artwork: Friday, September 9, 2022

Awards Reception and Wet Pain Sale: Friday, September 9, 2022

Quick Draw and Taste of Suffolk event: Saturday, September 10, 2022

Unsold Artwork Pick-up: Sunday, September 11, 2022

Artists’ payments sent: late September/early October, 2022


All artwork must be removed from the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts by the close of business on September 11, 2022 unless arrangements have been made in advance with Festival co-chairs Sandy Waters or Barbara Harris.  You may call us at 757.925.1800 or email:

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