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2017 Competition Winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition! Check out the prize-worthy work now!

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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 28, 2018

  • Artists Gathering (location to be determined). Information about the event will be shared, questions answered, and surfaces stamped. 

Monday, October 29 – Thursday, November 1, 2018

  • 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, November 2, 2018

  • Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition starting at 4:30 p.m. Opening Reception, Art Exhibition and Sale opening at 7:00 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, November 3, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

  • Show/Sale and Exhibition continues Saturday and Sunday (11/3 - 11/4) from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

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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. Monday, February 12, 2018 we will begin artist applications, and close artist registration on July 30, 2018. Qualifying artists will be notified by August 15, 2018. 
Artists who are selected MUST confirm attendance by September 7, 2018. An official will review event rules and rules pertaining to the various sites at an Artist Gathering on Sunday, Oct. 28th (location to be determined).

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


If you have any questions, please contact us today.

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Rules and Regulations


Plein Air Brandywine Valley (PABV) is open to all artists 18 and over working in pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and photography.  The show is juried.


This is a juried event.  Once artists are accepted into PABV, they will be responsible for submitting a $75.00 registration fee confirming their participation in the event.  Those paying be credit card should be sure to write PABV Registration in the memo field.  For those using checks, please make checks payable to Children’s Beach House and mail to:

Children’s Beach House

100. W. 10th Street,

Suite 411

Wilmington, DE  19801

For technical difficulties, or to make payment by phone, please contact Justin Nixon at 302-645-9184.  The deadline for application is July 30 and selected artists will be notified by August 15.  Please note, applications will be reviewed as they are received and PABV reserves the right to close the application process prior to July 30th if all of the spots are filled.  It is important to apply as soon as possible!

Each painter/drawer must submit jpegs of four to eight pieces of their work through www.pleinairbrandywinevalley.org as one component of the application process.  If accepted, those same submissions will be used on the PABV website to advertise sample works of the accepted artists. 

The application fee is a non-refundable $25.00. Upon acceptance, registration fee of $75.00 will be due to reserve an artist’s place in the competition.


Artists must check in to have their canvases stamped on Sunday evening at the Artists’ Gathering.  At this gathering the locations and detailed instructions will be distributed.  ARTISTS MAY NOT VISIT PRIVATE LOCATIONS PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE EVENT.  ARTISTS WHO BREAK THIS RULE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.

Painting, drawing and photography opportunities are scheduled for Monday through Thursday with two evening competitions included. 

All works are to be completed outdoors in natural elements and NOT in studio or indoor spaces.  Entries must be scenes from the selected locations without the use of a camera (with the exception of the participating photographers) or tutelage of any kind.  Subject matter may include landscapes, wildlife, water views, architecture, and people so long as they are depictions of the actual locations. 

Artists may not bring guests or pets to the various locations during the events.  Arrangements have been made with private and public locations for artists ONLY.


Works can be turned in starting on Tuesday afternoon at Janssen’s Market.  In order to allow volunteers time to create an inventory - No more than three pieces will be accepted on Thursday, so artists MUST turn in some work on Tuesday and/or Wednesday.  Up to three pieces of photography may be turned in on Friday morning by 10:00 am.  THESE RULES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.


Photographs may not have been previously exhibited or published and must have been taken at the approved venue between the approved hours.


Awards will be determined at the discretion of the contest judges and contest coordinators.  All work submitted for judging MUST BE FOR SALE.  Work an artist decides not to sell during the PABV event may not be judged for an award or hung for display. 

CONDITIONS AND LICENSING: Winning Photographers/artists agree to make available to PABV high-resolution digital images, transparencies, and/or negatives of all winning entries, if requested.  Winning photographers also grant non-exclusive, limited licensing rights to PABV, with no renewal period.  If a non-winning photograph is used by PABV, a $50 licensing fee will be paid at the time of final publication or printing.  In any case, licensing will be solely for the purpose of promoting PABV.  These uses many include, but are not limited to, publication in advertisements, rack cards, posters, magazines, newspapers, and other promotional applications.  Any requests for reproduction of winning images by artists, galleries, businesses, or entities other than those named herein above, will be negotiated directly with the photographer/artist. 


*Images uploaded to the online gallery will not be eligible for licensing fees.