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The Plein Air Festival and Competition at Central School Project 
Thursday, Oct 6 - Sunday, Oct 9, 2022



The Bisbee Plein Air Festival traditionally has been held the 2nd week of October. It is produced  by Central School Project.

Artists come to paint Old Bisbee’s historic architecture, sprawling staircases, vintage streets, industrial mining remnants, and colorful homes set amidst the scenic Mule Mountains to compete for over $700 in prizes. On the final day artists gather for the judging at Central School Project where the art lovers can view and  purchase the work right off the easel. Each year we also have workshops, activities, and exhibitions held in conjunction with the competition.

BISBEE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL 2022  Central School Project - Thursday October 6 – Sun Oct 9, 2022

Supported by the Bisbee Foundation and Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and Arizona Commission on the Arts

Please register through eventbrite above.   if you cannot register online, email us:



$800 in Cash Prizes   1st $300 | 2nd $200 | 3rd $100 | People’s Choice $100

2 Runner ups 50.00 each

All registered artists are entered into a door prize drawing this year!



Thursday, October 6- Saturday October 9 til 2 pm Artists Painting!! 

All canvas stamping at Red Bone a vintage clothing store at the corner of Subway Street and Shearer Ave:  

Thursday, October 6th from 8 am to 6 pm | Friday, October 7th from 8 am to 6 pm |
Saturday, October 8th from 8 am to Noon


Friday, 6:00 - 8:00PM Juror’s Show and artist meet and greet


Friday 8:00 PM Nocturne painting up at the Old Bisbee High School


 Saturday, 10:00 - 1:00   artists! Drop in at Grassy Park gathering and relaxed art-making break with Sam Woolcott


Saturday, 2:00 pm artists bring their work to Central School Project and register the paintings


 Saturday 3:00- 4:00 pm artists leave the building for judging we will have refreshments outside for you!


Saturday, 4:00 pm the show opens to the public and vote for people’s choice award


Saturday 5:00 pm Awards Ceremony


Gallery open until 6:00 pm to buy the paintings of Bisbee!


Sunday, October 11:00- 1:00 pm   Casual artists Critique

And another opportunity to buy the art.

Rules and Regulations


CANVAS STAMPING REQUIRED: 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. Easels for display help too but not required.

The 2022 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 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 Plein Air Fest and 65% to the artist for all sales made during the public receptions.

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

Artists may paint anywhere in Bisbee, which includes Warren, Lowell, San Jose, et cetera.

Bisbee Plein Air Festival

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