CPAP 2016 International Plein Air Challenge Prizes and Awards

The following awards and prizes are currently available. This list will be continuously updated as we add sponsors.

California Plein Air Painters Awards:

First Place                $500 cash award; ARC International Salon Jury Award

Second Place           $200 cash award

Third Place               $100 cash award

Sponsor Awards

ARC International Salon Jury Award ($3000 Value):

  • This Award affords the winning artist the opportunity to jury the 2017 Plein Air Category of the ARC International Salon and serve alongside such internationally known art professionals as Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine; Eric Rhoades, Publisher of PleinAir Magazine; James Hastie, Senior Director of Christie’s;  Dr. Gabriel Weisberg, Senior Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation, and Regents Professor, Smithsonian Institution; Dr. Gregory Hedberg,  Director,  Department of European Art, Hirschl & Adler Galleries in Manhattan; and Fred Ross, ARC Founder, Chairman and an international art collector and lecturer.
  • The winning artist will have their name and information displayed prominently on the pages of the ARC International Salon. The ARC website receives over 5 million views per year.

Guerilla Painters Award of Excellence                       

    Best Figure in the Landscape                                   $250 Pochade Box & Paint Kit

Blick Art Materials Awards:

  • Blick Art Materials Award of Excellence               $75 Gift Certificate
  • Blick Art Materials Award of Distinction                $50 Gift Certificate
  • Blick Art Materials Awards of Merit (5 Awards)     $25 Gift Certificate per Award

CPAP Exhibition Awards:

  • Honorable Mention: Four artists will have their artwork displayed for one year on our Allied Organization Page on the Art Renewal Center Website
  • Top Artists will have their artwork displayed on our website and in an exhibit in Monterey California (Feb1 thru Mar 31, 2017

As we add more awards we will update the list with specifics.

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Only 30 Days Remain to Enter the 2017 Spring Online Competition and Showcase!

There are only 30 days remaining to enter our Spring Online Competition and Showcase!This contest is open to all CPAP Associate Members.Not a Member? Sign up now. Membership is free! You don't have to live in California to join but your artwork must reflect California locations.Our Juror of Awards is Ned Mueller. Ned is a CPAP Painting Ambassador and an acknowledged Master Artist. VIEW NED'S BIOGRAPHY.AWARDS: •    First Place        $200 Cash…See More
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2016 Signature Members Announced

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September 28, 2016 at 6pm to October 9, 2016 at 12am
Submission Dates: October 9th, 2016 – September 30, 2016 Midnight, PSThttp://calpleinair.com/page/prospectus-for-2015-call-for-signature-membersEvent Description:This is a juried competition open to all CPAP Associate Members. Up to 20 new Signature Members will be selected from artists entering the competition. Up to 3 new Signature Member Envoys will be selected from non-resident Associate…See More
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Artist Reception International Plein Air Challenge and Signature Member Show

We are very excited to announce that the Artist's Reception for our 2016 International Plein Air Challenge will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Cooper's Restaurant, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 3 - 5pm. There will be a short meeting and an Awards Ceremony where the winners of the 2016 International Plein Air Challenge will be announced.. We are now taking advance reservations. The cost is $35 and includes choice of crabcakes, chicken wings or breaded codfish and 2…See More
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Call for 2016 Signature Members

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Final Days to Enter CPAP International Plein Air Challenge

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New Award Category - International Plein Air Challenge

We are pleased to welcome Guerilla Painter as a new Sponsor for our 2016 International Plein Air Challenge. They will be sponsoring the following new Award:                 Award of Excellence for Best Figure in the Landscape    $250 Merchandise Award  Please join us in thanking them for their generous and…See More
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