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En Plein-Air

A Charles Reiffel Tribute 2013

An International Art Exhibition


At L – Street Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, California
and The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Online Gallery
February – March 2013


The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild is proud to present En Plein-AirA Charles Reiffel Tribute 2013, an international art competition. You are cordially invited to join us in our celebration of plein-air painting by entering your art in our competition. The show will be juried by world-class art historians Martin E. Petersen and Jean Stern.

Click here to Enter your Artwork


Charles Reiffel - Summer Session at Ballast Point, San Diego, (1930)Jurors: Martin Petersen, Jean Stern

Martin E. Petersen was senior Curator of American Painting at the San Diego Museum of Art 1957-1996. During his long tenure he wrote numerous articles for publications such as "Applause Magazine", "Art of California", "Western Art Digest", "Journal of San Diego History", and "Southwest Art" to name a few. Among his published books are Plein Air Painters of California: the Southland, Irvine: Westphal Publishing, 1982, chapter "San Diego Beginnings," and Plein Air Painters of California: the Northland, Irvine: Westphal Publishing, 1986, essays "Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937)," and "Paul Dougherty (1877-1947)”.

Jean Stern, the Executive Director of the Irvine Museum, is a renowned authority on Californian Impressionism. Stern has single handedly secured a national presence for the Irvine Museum since its inception in 1993 through a series of books, lectures, tours, video documentaries, articles, and exhibitions, as well as securing one of the most impressive collections of California Impressionism. In 2011, Jean Stern authored California Light: A Century of Landscapes in collaboration with the California Art Club. Many of the popular Plein Air artists in the Arroyo Seco during the early 20th Century, including William Wendt and William Lees Judson, appear in this collection.

Plein-Air Competition



Exhibition Calendar



Entry Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY AND RESTRICTIONS: The competition is open to all artists. All forms of oil painting, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel and drawing are eligible. Artwork submitted is to be painted En Plein-Air which includes all interpretations and portrayals of outdoor scenes. Work must be framed or gallery wrapped, suitable for display and must not exceed 30” x 40” including frame. Any work that does not match the digital image in quality or content will be rejected from the exhibition.

ENTRY FEES: The entry fee is $35.00 for one artwork and $10 for each additional artwork; Artist Guild member’s entry fee is $25 for one artwork and $5 for each additional work. Submittal is by digital JPG image files.

DEADLINE: Entry fees & Artwork must be submitted no later than January 11, 2013.

EXHIBITION TERMS: All works in the show must be for sale through the close of the exhibition (March 18, 2013). Price is determined by the artist. The Artists Guild will retain 35% commission on all sales. Awards will be selected from the actual artwork and announced at the awards presentation on February 24, 2013.

ENTRY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: All entries are submitted via online En Plein-Air ENTRY FORM. Images should be in JPG format at a resolution of 72 dpi and be between 1280 and 1800 px on the longest side. Please title the image files LastName_FirstName_EntryNumber(i.e., Jones_Mary_Entry1.jpg, Jones_Mary_Entry2.jpg, etc.). Images will be emailed to the competition committee; address provided upon completion of entry form. Entry fee will be paid via PayPal following completion of your entry form. (You do not need a PayPal account.)

IMAGE USE / COPYRIGHTS: Artist retains all copyrights to submitted images and represented artwork. Digital images submitted with artist entry are for exhibition selection and marketing purposes for the exhibition only. By entering the competition, all artists grant Artists Guild the right to use the selected image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web site for promotional purposes only. The Artists Guild retains no copyrights to artists work.

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified of acceptance January 21, 2013. Results will be posted at: www.sdmaag.org/plein_air_results. Notification will be made via email and by posting on the results page.

LIABILITY: Each artist must carry their own insurance for shipping and handling during the En Plein-Air, A Charles Reiffel Tribute 2013 exhibition. Care will be taken in handling all entries. The Guild will not be responsible for loss or damage of any kind for any entry submitted. Submitting art to this exhibit implies agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. The Artists Guild may rescind the right of hanging or displaying any art misrepresented or unsuitably presented.

SHIPPING: Shipping or Hand Delivery Instructions will be provided to accepted artists in their acceptance confirmation email. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

QUESTIONS: Maidy Morhous, 858- 259-0234, exhibitions@sdmaag.org


Image credits: Top left - Charles Reiffel - Summer Session at Ballast Point, San Diego, (1930); Bottom right - Charles Reiffel - Point Loma, 1937, WPA mural in the Casa de Balboa

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