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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Plein Air in the Smokies

Plein Air in the Smokies

2023 Prospectus


Dates: September 23-October 1, 2023


Overview: Twenty Artists will be juried to participate in the week-long event where they will paint within The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hosted by Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit supporting organization of the park, artists will stay all in one location together (each with their own private room) within one mile of the park entrance in Townsend, Tennessee. Four alternates will also be juried as possible backups.


2023 Judge: Marc Hanson

2023 Juror: Jill Carver


Event Awards:

·       Best of Show - $5000 plus Invitation to return in 2024 as Featured Artist

·       Artists Choice Award for Body of Work - $5000

·       Best Structure - $ 2000

·       Best Use of Light - $2000

·       Best Landscape - $2000

·       Best Water - $2000


QuickDraw Awards:

·       Competition Artists

o   First Place - $600

o   Second Place - $300

o   Third Place - $100

·       Open Division

o   First Place - $600 plus Invitation to return in 2024 as Featured Artist

o   Second Place - $300

o   Third Place - $100


Key Dates:

·       February 20 – Application due to

·       March 20 – Artists and Alternates announced.

·       September 23-October 1, 2023 – Required Participation Event Dates.


Key Painting Information:

·       All painting to take place within the GSMNP boundaries

·       Artists will paint in two specified locations throughout the week

·       Artists will choose TWO pieces for judging and the remaining pieces will also be made available for sale. All pieces must be framed and wired for hanging

·       Minimum retail price: $800

·       No Maximum price

·       No Minimum size.

·       Maximum Size – 600 square inches

·       All exhibited work will be for sale with artist retaining 55% and Friends of the Smokies retaining 45%

·       One additional gratis Gala ticket is included if you bring a spouse/partner

·       The sale of each Gala ticket ($250) may be applied toward the purchase of one painting

·       Artists will bring (or send in advance) four plein air pieces for pop-up pre-sale

·       Unsold paintings must be removed by artist at close of Exhibit on Sunday, October 1 at 2pm. If artist flies in for event, FOS will work to have paintings returned at FOS cost



Application Requirements to

·       Four plein air images. Images must be .jpg and under 4 mb. For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @ 72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in sRGB color space

·       Artist Statement. To add your statement to your profile, log in on and click on Your Artist Profile. Click Bio/Statement/Password, and type or copy and paste your statement into the appropriate box

·       Payment of $35 entry fee through


For assistance with your entries, email, or call 888-666-1351

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