Call For Entries – 2016 Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational


Zion National Park is seeking applications for the 2016 Zion Plein Air Art Invitational – Centennial Edition.

Zion National Park and the Zion National Park Foundation are pleased to have hosted some of the country’s finest plein air artists the past seven years. The 8th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational will be held from Monday, November 7 to Sunday, November 13, 2016.  Two studio pieces from each artist will be on display and available for purchase in the Zion Human History Museum from Wednesday, September 14 to Saturday, November 26, 2016.




Pieces painted during the week will be available at the Public Wet Paint sale on Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13. A paint-out and silent auction on Saturday will provide other opportunities to purchase paintings.


For those who are interested in applying, the online application is now available. All application materials must be submitted online at: by Monday, February 8, 2016 by midnight.  For more information, please call 435-772-3264 or email [email protected]





The funds raised through the sale of art will be used by the Zion National Park Foundation to help enhance art education in the park and support ongoing projects such as our Youth Education Initiative which places park rangers in elementary classrooms, and supports visits to the park for children who might otherwise never get here.


DSC_0002_RolandLee_piece_cropped_72dpi The event raises about $41,000 annually. In 2013, Zion National Park Foundation helped the park match two grants from the National Park Foundation which enabled 54 urban students from Las Vegas to have their first camping experience at Zion National Park, and provided buses for 1,600 local 6th and 7th grade students to participate in a curriculum-based field trip to the park. Additionally, the Zion National Park Foundation helped support the park’s junior ranger program, other youth outreach projects, and the park’s Artist-in-Residence Program.



Photos – top to bottom: John Lintott paints in the park; John Cogan at Saturday Paint-out; Roland and Nellie Lee at Friday Gala Event; Michelle Condrat does her demonstration; Julia Seelos paints on location in the park; Roland Lee paints at the Saturday Paint-out. Photos by Daren Reehl and Karolee Dennett.