The Bisbee Plein Air Festival returns October 10th  through the 13th 2019 ! Join other artists in painting Old Bisbee’s historic architecture, sprawling staircases, vintage streets, industrial mining remnants, and colorful homes set amidst the scenic Mule Mountains to compete for $700 in prizes. You will also have the opportunity to sell the work you complete at our Wet Paint Sale. Locals and visitors will already be in town enjoying gallery openings as part of the Bisbee After 5 artwalk. This year, we have added some exciting new events, including an informal critique session, panel discussion, and a youth paint out. 
OUR JURORS:  Alan Bull of Newburyport MA and 
and Kimberly Scott of Phoenix, AZ

$700 in Cash Prizes:

$300        First Prize
$200        Second Prize
$100        Third Prize
$100        People’s Choice


Competition Registration Fees:

$30        Early Bird Rate – must be received by 10/1/2019

$35        Regular Rate (October 2nd – 13th)

Rules and Regulations

The 2019 Bisbee Plein Air Festival is open to any artist who paints using the plein air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pastel, or other non-digital media.

All paintings entered in the competition/sale must be done “en plein air” (in the open air where the artist has no control of light or weather) during the event dates in Bisbee city limits. All canvas/paper/boards must be stamped PRIOR to painting. NO unstamped art will be accepted. 

Artists may stamp as many canvases as they wish, but can enter only up to four pieces of work to be judged in the competition and sales area. Framing is suggested, but not required.

Artists must provide their own paint kits and sturdy easel(s) for display during judging and will be responsible for the safety of their paintings.

The sales commission is 35% to the Central School Project and 65% to the artist for all sales made during the public receptions.

Central School Project, Bisbee After 5, and associated volunteers assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any work, display or person.

Registration & Canvas Stamping

Registration at Eventbrite opens July 15

 A paper registration is available as well by downloading this form and mailing it to Bisbee Plein Air Festival c/o Bisbee Books and Music, PO Box 1561, Bisbee AZ 85603, or dropped off at Bisbee Books and Music, 2 Copper Queen Plaza. Fees are due at the time of registration. Same-day registration and stamping of canvases is located at Bisbee Books & Music, 2 Main Street, in the Convention Center. Artists can begin painting after canvases are stamped. Artists may paint anywhere in Bisbee, which includes Warren, Lowell, the pit, San Jose, et cetera. On Saturday, we request artists paint in Old Bisbee for Wet Paint Sale visibility.  


Artists are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Bisbee offers lodging in quaint little suites, bed and breakfasts, houses, rooms in historic hotels, and RV Parks. Bisbee After 5 member hotels are listed under the BA5 Members tab, and discoverbisbee.comhas a comprehensive list of places to stay in Bisbee. 


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 IF you do not wish to register online, download Paper Registration Form

2019 Bisbee Plein Air

Festival Schedule


Thursday, October 10th:
 Plein Air Painting Competition Begins

 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Registration & Canvases Stamped at Bisbee Books & Music (2 Copper Queen Plaza in the Convention Center building)

Friday, October 11th:
  Plein Air Painting Competition Continues
  8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Registration & Canvases Stamped at Bisbee Books & Music

  Juror Pop-Up Show / Artists’ Meet & Greet
 6:30 to 8:00 pm – Reception @ Central School Project (43 Howell Ave.)


 6:30 pm – Competition Day Orientation (what to prepare and what to expect in the park)


 Nocturne Painting

  8:00 pm – leaves from CSP after reception -- FREE

Nocturne Painting –  Hit Bisbee streets and paint with visiting artist and juror Alan Bull

Saturday, October 12th:
 Plein Air Painting Competition – Last Day – Paint in Old Bisbee today
  8:00 am to Noon  – Registration & Canvases Stamped at Bisbee Books & Music

 Fun with Creative landscapes! Youth Plein Air Paint Out  CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS

Juried Competition & Wet Paint Sale
  2:00 to 3:00 pm – Artists set up paintings in Grassy Park (in front of Mining Museum)
 3:00 to 4:00 pm – Judging
3:00 to 5:00 pm – Wet Paint Sale
 2:00 to 4:00 pm – Live Music
 4:00 pm   -- Awards Presented / paintings may be removed if purchased
After Awards  – unsold Festival paintings moved to CSP before 5:30 to be hung in gallery  for Sunday Critique & Wet Paint Sale (continued)
 Bisbee After 5 Artwalk
 5:00 to 8:00 pm – receptions at galleries
Sunday, October 13th:

 Wet Paint Sale & Informal Critique Session; Juror Exhibition
11:00 am to 1:00 pm @ Central School Project – Wet Paint Sale & Juror Exhibit

Juror Alan Bull

Alan Bull studied at the Philadelphia College of Art.  His paintings have included landscapes, truck paintings, architectural facades and work created in northern Holland, Brittany and southern France, and most recently Andalusia, Spain. 

Exhibitions have included shows in New York, London, Boston, and Portland, Maine, and his work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, North Shore Living, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Juror Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott is an Arizona native whose love for her home state and the southwest is readily apparent in her work. She began painting alongside her grandfather when she was about eight years old. Her first oil painting was an imaginary desert landscape filled with Native American teepees, horses, and campfires. A theme she tends to return to, in one way or another, after nearly 50 years.

A graduate of Arizona State University, with a BFA in Painting, Kimberly also studied for three years with R.K. Hillis in Glendale, as well as with Matt Smith and other prominent artists at Scottsdale Artists School. She grew up in Phoenix, Payson and Kearny, Arizona where she was blessed in the experiences of cultural diversity and the vanishing lifestyles that once defined the West. It is her desire to celebrate and preserve the beauty, mystery, memories, people, and history of her home state and all of the southwest with her work.

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