Information For Artists


The Morro Bay Plein Air Festival is open to all plein air painters in two categories.

The Professional Category is a juried exhibition. Professional Category will participate in a live auction with prize money and award ribbons.

The Amateur category is non-juried. Amateur category will participate in a silent auction with award ribbons.

A Quick Draw Competition is open to all Category Entrants and has an additional fee. Quick Draw Competition winners will be awarded ribbons only.

Entry – Professional Category

The Morro Bay Plein Air Festival, Professional Category, is a juried exhibition consisting of a panel of 3 jurors. The panel will review all submitted applications and select between 20 and 30 artists to participate in the event. Each artist is allowed to paint 3 canvases and submit the best 2 for a live auction. You may place a reserve on your paintings. Prize money and awards will be given in this category. All artists must be 18 or older to receive prize money.

To enter the 2021 Morro Bay Plein Air Festival, Professional Category, please fill out the registration form found on the registration tab. Submission fee is $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for MBAA Members. Submission fee is non-refundable.

Each Professional Category artist must submit 3-5 images of their Plein Air artwork in JPEG format, color space preferred format with a resolution of 300 DPI (max 1400 pixels on the longest side) as part of the online application process.

If you have a Macintosh, please use only letters and numbers in your filename and only 1 (.) period.

Submission deadline for juried Professional Category is May 21, 2021

Help entering images, questions or concerns can be directed to ArtByPatriciaNewton@gmail.com or by calling XXX-XXX-XXXX

Entry – Amateur Category

To enter the 2021 plein air festival, Amateur Category, please fill out the registration form found on the registration tab. Registration fee is $40 for non-members and $35.00 for MBAA Members. Registration is non-refundable. Each Amateur Category artist is allowed to paint 3 canvases and submit the best 2 for a silent auction.

Paintings must be framed and ready for hanging on Friday. Each Amateur Category painting will hang in a silent auction on Sunday at Art Center Morro Bay. Amateur Category will not be juried. There are no reserves for Amateur Category paintings. Prize ribbons will be awarded for Amateur Category. You may enter in the amateur category if not juried in.

Registration deadline for Amateur Category is July 9, 2021

Entry – Quick Draw Competition

The Quick Draw Competition will be held on Saturday from 2-5pm at State Park Boardwalk and Marina Area located at 10 State Park Road across from the Morro Bay Golf Course and Campgrounds.

The Quick Draw Competition is open to all Category Entrants and has an additional fee. Quick Draw Competition winners will be awarded ribbons only and artwork will be sold in the Live Auction at the Art Party. Please indicate on the registration from that you will be participating in the quick draw competition.