Behind the Scenes Efforts Underway For “Centennial Edition” of Plein Air Art

Schedule of Plein Air Events | 2016 Invited Artists | Featured Artist: John Cogan

Behind the scenes planning and preparation are underway for the 8th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational to be held November 7-13, 2016. Currently the artist selection process is at full steam as 24 of the finest landscape artists will be chosen, by committee, for this year’s event which will celebrate art “Centennial style” in Zion Canyon.

DSC_7235_600x400_72dpi During the peak colors of fall in southwestern Utah, and in the midst of the Centennial year of the National Park Service, the Zion National Park Foundation will host the event once again this year under the banner of “Centennial Edition.” Weeklong activities will celebrate the role art has played in the creation and history of the National Park Service by hosting two dozen great artists for a week of painting and teaching in the park. In commemoration of the NPS Centennial, the invited artists will not only paint, on-site, the amazing scenes of Zion, but will also bring studio paintings of work they have done in other national parks.


DSC_8233_600x374_72 dpiVisitors will get to watch the artists paint at various locations in the park, attend one-hour painting demonstrations given by each of the artists during the week, hear evening lectures at the Zion Lodge, and attend a paint-out, auction and art sale held at the end of the week. More than 150 paintings will go on sale at the Zion Human History Museum on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13. Event proceeds benefit Zion National Park. If you can visit the park only once this year, this is the ideal time to come.