6TH ANNUAL BDAC PLEIN AIR COMPETITION
THEME: ADAM AND EDEN
TRADITIONAL & NON-TRADITIONAL CATEGORIES
EXHIBITION ON VIEW: POST-COVID - JULY 17
RECEPTION: JUNE 5, 6 - 8 PM
Art must be created primarily outdoors, ON-SITE
Location depicted may be anywhere in the state of Utah
Art must be created between the dates of March 5 and April 7, 2020
Art DOES NOT need stamps now, due to COVID-19
Art should demonstrate the artist's interpretation of the theme
In "Adam and Eden," BDAC's 6th Annual Plein Air Competition, BDAC challenges artists to depict their observations of situations where humans interact with the land. The landscape of Utah is rich with sites where humans act as stewards, neighbors, and parasites. At times the land even commands submission from humans. Whether the interaction is worshipful or exploitative, we want to see your observations through art.
Artists may work outdoors anywhere in the state of Utah. Both traditional painting and non-traditional media may be entered in the competition. Embroidery, collage, sculpture--the sky is the limit to how artists may define plein air. The guest juror will judge traditional paintings in a separate category from non-traditional media and award cash prizes to the winners.
REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEE
Entry fee is $10 per painting. Artists may enter up to 5 pieces. Payments will be accepted online, at BDAC, or by calling BDAC at 801.295.3618.
Bring completed pieces in both categories to BDAC between March 5 and April 7. Completed pieces must be delivered to BDAC no later than April 7.
Art must be ready to install, with all required hardware. Flat, wall-mounted work in either category must have D-rings and wire. The D-rings should be near the top of the frame (usually no more than 2") to accommodate our hanging system. Excessively fragile or poorly-framed work (ex: flimsy metal frames, sawtooth hangers...) may be rejected at the discretion of BDAC staff. Due to glare and handling concerns BDAC does not recommend framing with glass, especially for fresh oil paintings.
CHANGES TO JURYING THIS YEAR: BDAC will accept all pieces conforming to the rules unless the number of total paintings exceeds the museum's spatial capacity. At that point BDAC will accept at least one (1) painting from each artist. If one painting from each artist still exceeds BDAC's spatial capacity, works will be juried into the exhibition. Artists will be notified of acceptance or rejection by April 9. A list of accepted works will be sent by email and posted on this webpage. Any work not accepted must be picked up April 10 - 13 during gallery hours.
Traditional - 1st Place: $300 2nd Place: $200 3rd Place: $100. Non-Traditional - 1st Place: $300. Honorable Mentions will be awarded in both categories.
For more information contact BDAC at 801 295-3618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WINNERS OF THE 5TH ANNUAL PLEIN AIR COMPETITION
1st Place: Allen Brockbank, "Crossroads" Oil
2nd Place: Steve Stauffer, "Shadows" Oil
3rd Place: B. Rex Stewart, "Barn" Oil
Honorable Mention: Wm Conrad Bowen, "Neil Tams Farm" Watercolor
Honorable Mention: Stephen Henry, "Provo Bend" Watercolor and Metal Leaf
Honorable Mention: Jan Boardman, "One More Winter" Watercolor
1st Place: Justin Watson, "Smelter" Photogram Pigment Print
2nd Place: Nancy Andruk Olsen, "Fenced In" Mixed Media
3rd Place: Trent Alvey, "Garden of Earthly Delights" Photography
Honorable Mention: Hope Walker "Mount Olympus Sunrise" Embroidery
For more information contact BDAC at 801 295-3618 or
NON TRADITIONAL PLEIN AIR
Plein air traditionally is a representation of the outdoor environment, created on-location, using paint. The Non-Traditional Plein Air category encompasses any form of art that fits that definition but DOES NOT use paint (at least not in a way paint has been traditionally used).
Take a look at how these artists approach landscapes for inspiration on how you can re-define Plein Air**:
Hand-tufted landscape rugs by Alexandra Kehayoglou.
Embroidered landscapes by Stephanie Kelly Clark and Vera Shimunia.
Justin Watson. Photogrammetry landscape created from hundreds of photos of the environment.
Mixed media miniature landscapes by Gregory Euclide.
Hot glue and plastic installation of the void around the landscape by Yasuaki Onishi.
Landscapes made from carved books by Guy Laramée.
Artist and YouTube user The Official Rainbow Girl doodles the Golden Gate Bridge "en plein air" using a 3D pen.
Landscapes in traditional folk media such as a Quing dynasty vase and carved rhinocerous horn, and contemporary kiln-fired ceramics.
3D printing "Doodler" pen and mixed media landscapes by Barbara Taylor-Harris and Rachel Goldsmith.
Landscapes using printmaking techniques.
Accessories and functional items turned-landscapes by Kendal Murray.
While you’re re-interpreting Plein Air, why not re-interpret the entire concept of landscape painting?
Dough Warrior Performance in the Landscape by Søren Dahlgaard. Commissioned by TarraWarra Museum of Art in association with Melbourne Festival for the exhibition TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine.
*Reception may be postponed due to COVID-19
**All images and videos are for educational purposes only, to illustrate the concepts of the exhibition and categories.