2024 Casa Grande Plein Air Painting Competition

The 2024 Plein Air Painting Competition is hosted by the Casa Grande Arts and Culture Commission and will be held on March 30, 2024, at the Museum of Casa Grande (110 W Florence Blvd). Plein Air (En Plein Air) is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their works.

The event is open to any artist who paints using the Plein Air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic, or pastel. Both artist and subject must be outdoors, and photographs are NOT used. Contemporary plein air artists capture moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature, and shifting elements. This art form requires stamina, focus, and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work.

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2024 Plein Air Event Schedule

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Event Registration
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.Painting "En Plein Air"
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Free Kids' Activities
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Art Sale
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Public Invited - Free Admission to Museum
12 noon - 3:30 p.m.Hot Dog Vendor - Free to Public
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.People Choice Voting
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Judging
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Winners Announced
  1. Location: An artist may paint any subject or scene outdoors, provided it is within the city limits of Casa Grande. (Please see attached map, along with a list of potential sites). The registration, judging, and reception will be held at the Casa Grande Museum, located at 110 W. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, AZ 85122. 
  2. Materials:
    1. All canvas/panels/paper must be stamped PRIOR to painting. NO unstamped art will be accepted. An unlimited number may be stamped but no more than one (1) can be submitted for the competition.
    2. Only the following mediums will be accepted: oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels.
    3. Artists must provide their own materials and a sturdy easel(s) for display during the judging process.
    4. Students (ages 18 and under) may utilize canvases, panels, or paper using various mediums such as pencil, crayon, pen, or ink and may submit unframed completed artwork. 
  3. Painting Time Period: Each work of art must be started and completed "en plein air" on March 30, 2024, between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. The event will be held rain or shine, so come prepared. All art must be submitted no later than 2:30 p.m. 
  4. Size of artwork: Size of unframed artwork is not to exceed 16" x 20". 
  5. Artist Participants: Participation is open to all. 
  6. Legal: Artists will be responsible for the safety of their paintings. The Casa Grande Arts and Culture Commission/City of Casa Grande shall assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any work, display, or person during this event.

Event Guidelines and Forms


To participate in the Plein Air Painting Competition, you must register by filling out the form below or by using one of the following methods.

Register by Mail

  • Complete the paper copy of the registration form
  • Include cashier’s check or money order payable to the City of Casa Grande
  • An email will be sent confirming your registration
  • Mail to: 
    City of Casa Grande 
    c/o City Clerk’s Office 
    510 E. Florence Blvd. 
    Casa Grande AZ 85122

Register at the Event

  • Complete the Registration Form 
  • Payment will be accepted by cashier’s check or money order payable to the City of Casa Grande 
  • Payment by credit cards or debit cards will be available on-site
  • Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Registration Table on March 30, 2024, at the Casa Grande Museum, 110 W. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Register Online by Filling out the Form Below

  • If you choose to register online, please pay by credit or debit card by calling the Clerk's Office at 520-421-8600

2024 Plein Air Painting Competition Registration Form

  1. Registration*
  2. Conditions

    In addition to the Rules & Guidelines, by signing this form, the Entrant acknowledges the City of Casa Grande (“the City”) reserves the right to disqualify paintings that do not comply with the event rules. The City retains ownership and the copyright of all winning entries. Winning entries will become the property of the City and will not be returned to the entrant.

    The Entrant acknowledges and agrees that as a condition of being selected as a winner and accepting any prize, the City shall have the right to publicize and/or broadcast the Entrant’s name, likeness, voice, photographs, and the fact that the Entrant was selected as a winner; as well as the dissemination of any other information related to the selection.

    The Entrant declares that the painting is the Entrant’s own work and that the Entrant is not aware of any ownership or copyright infringement of another person through the submission.

  3. Entrant Electronic Signature Agreement*

    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree you have read the above conditions as well as the Rules & Guidelines regarding the City of Casa Grande Plein Air painting event.

  4. Parent/Guardian Electronic Signature Agreement

    If necessary, kindly ensure that the parent or guardian signs as well.

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  6. This field is not part of the form submission.