Plein Air Painting

Paint or draw a scene at the Fair

Artists can paint or draw a scene at the San Diego County Fair in our popular Plein Air Painting contest, and win cash prizes, ribbons, and recognition!

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Entry Information

Registration deadline: Register online no later than Friday, June 15, 2018.

Contest date: Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Plein Air Painting Contest Info

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information about this contest.

Adults 18 and older may enter this contest.

Cash awards and ribbons. Please see the contest materials for specifics.

Artists register in advance. On the day of the contest, they bring up to three surfaces (canvas, paper, board, etc.) to be stamped. Artists spend the day painting or drawing a scene. Only one submission will be judged. See the contest materials for other details on how the contest works.

Plein Air costs $15 to enter, but your entry fee includes free Fair admission and parking. Processing fees are non-refundable. One entry per exhibitor.

See our Competitive Exhibits section for information on entering artwork in the Fair’s Fine Art exhibit.

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Who Won The Ribbons

Congratulations to those who won awards and ribbons in the 2018 San Diego County Fair Plein Air Painting Contest.

These are the 2017 winners; edit for 2018.

Watercolor Division

First – Geoffrey Allen, Encinitas
Second – Krentz Johnson, San Diego
Third – Keiko Tanabe, Carlsbad
Honorable Mention:
Lorri Lynch, Lakeside
Charlene Mosley, La Mesa
Luis Juarez, San Diego
Susan Unoura, Spring Valley

Oil/Acrylic Division

First – Colleen Veneri, Cardiff by the Sea
Second – Sasha Toporovsky, Santee
Third – Brian Belfield, San Diego
Honorable Mention:
Cindy Klong, Rancho Santa Fe
Mike Hill, Escondido
Norm Daniels, Pine Valley
Joan Grier, Lakeside