Ready to sign up for the competition? An online application for Plein Air Brandywine Valley can be found right here! Contact us with questions.

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Attend the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Gala on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

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2013 Competition Winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of the 2013 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition! Check out the prize-worthy work now!

Our 2013 Winners

Event Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor ($10,000)

Linda K. Berdine Foundation
Friend of the Children’s Beach House
Greehey Family Foundation

JanssensLogo 4C

Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)

Bonefish Grill
Gahagan & Bryant
Wilmington Trust

Gold Sponsor ($2,500)

Spotts, Stevens and McCoy
Morris James
J. W. Pepper


Silver Sponsor ($1,000)

Cover and Rossiter, CPA
Friend of the Children’s Beach House
Richard Garrett
Graham Foundation – Andrew Jefferson
Patrick McCoy and John Cigler
nePara Group. Inc.
Emilee and Jon Reynolds

Bronze Sponsor ($500)

Astra Zeneca
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Jenni & Rob Brand
James R. & June Buck
Eileen and Martin Clark
COCA Art Gallery
Alexandra Ergon
Mary Helms and George Beckerman
Dr. Jerome Marcus
Midway Fitness and Racquetball
Elyse and Chad Moore
Jay and Martha Tschantz


Plein Air Brandywine Valley Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 19, 2014

  • Artists and sponsors will be invited to an opening reception will be held at The Gables from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Information about the event will be shared, questions answered, and surfaces stamped.  Artists will have an opportunity for Q & A.

Monday, October 20 – Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Opportunities for painting, drawing, and photographing incredible landscapes, gardens, museums, churches, and private estates will be provided. Artists are required to work only in allotted time frames. Work completed outside of those time frames will not be considered for judging. Also, all work is to be done outside, in natural lighting. Paintings or photographs of indoor spaces, although they can be included in the sale, will not be considered for judging. Please see the complete rules and regulations for artists.

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition starting at 3p.m.  Gala, art exhibition and sale opening at 6:30 p.m. at The Visitor’s Center of Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library for artists, patrons, and guests.   At this time, artists may choose their favorite works for inclusion in the Artists' Choice segment of the competition.   Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Sponsor Plein Air Brandywine Valley Gala or Event!

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is seeking gala and event sponsors!

A variety of sponsorship packages are available, each offering benefits as a thank you for your support.

Welcome to Plein Air Brandywine Valley

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting and photography competition, show and sale featuring the beauty of the Brandywine Valley interpreted by the finest artists of our nation and beyond.

For one week, artists will paint and photograph the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley including private estates, land preserves, and renowned du Pont properties.

All works entered into the competition will be judged and then displayed for viewing and purchase at an opening gala scheduled for Friday, October 24 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at The Visitor Center of Winterthur Museum and Garden located in Wilmington, DE. The works will remain on display for purchase and vieiwing throughout the remainder of the weekend and are free to the public. (Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will benefit Children’s Beach House.

If you're interested in participating in this unique event and competition, please see the applicant details.


New Competition/Award! - Marshall Square Park in West Chester, PA

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is pleased to announce a new award this year to eligible Artists. A $500 cash prize for the winning painting or photograph taken at Marshall Square Park in West Chester, PA, one of our new sites this year.  The winning and willing artist will, in turn, donate the piece to Friends of Marshall Square Park for their use in their fundraising campaign to restore the Park’s 1889 Fountain. For more information about Friends of Marshall Square Park and the Fountain visit

Location for Opening Reception Determined

Artists and sponsors will be invited to an opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at The Gables.

For more information, contact us today.