Thank you to all the artists that applied to the Plein Air Brandywine Valley in 2016.
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Attend the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

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2016 Competition Winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of the 2016 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition! Check out the prize-worthy work now!

Our 2016 Winners

Event Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor ($10,000)

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Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)


Gold Sponsor ($2,500)


Silver Sponsor ($1,000)


Bronze Sponsor ($500)


Plein Air Brandywine Valley Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 16, 2016

  • Artists Gathering at 6:30 pm. at the Marshalton Inn, 1300 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, PA 19380. Information about the event will be shared, questions answered, and surfaces stamped. 

Monday, October 17 – Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • 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 21, 2016

  • Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition starting at 4:30 p.m. Opening Reception, 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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • Show/Sale and Exhibition continues Saturday 10/22 from 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday 10/23 from noon - 3:00pm

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Plein Air Brandywine Valley is seeking Opening Reception and Event sponsors!

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

Plein Air Brandywine Valley Artist Information

Artists are invited to submit applications and portfolios with a non- refundable $25.00 application fee through the Plein Air Brandywine Valley event website. We will begin artist registration on May 13, 2016, and close artist registration on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Qualifying artists will be notified by July 15, 2016. 
Artists who are selected MUST confirm attendance by August 15, 2016. An official will review event rules and rules pertaining to the various sites at an Artist Gathering on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshalton Inn, 1300 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, PA.

Canvases (and other surfaces) will be stamped at the Artist Gathering. Work must be completed in the time frame allotted and submitted to the committee the following morning at the “Main Location” identified on each day.


Plein Air Brandywine Valley judges will award prizes in the following categories:

Paintings & Drawings
  • First Prize - $2,000
  • Second Prize - $1,000
  • Third Prize - $500
  • Artists' Chioce - $1,000
  • Honorable Mention - $150 value

  • First Prize - $2,000
  • Second Prize - $1,000
  • Third Prize - $500
  • Artists' Choice - $1,000
  • Honorable Mention - $150 value

The prizes for the student competition are $1000 scholarships for each of the first, second and third place winners.


If you have any questions, please contact us today.

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