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Attend the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Gala on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

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2014 Competition Winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of the 2014 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition! Check out the prize-worthy work now!

Our 2014 Winners

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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 18, 2015

  • Artists Orientation at 7:00 pm. Location to be determined. Information about the event will be shared, questions answered, and surfaces stamped.  Artists will have an opportunity for Q & A.

Monday, October 19 – Thursday, October 22, 2015

  • 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 23, 2015

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

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015

  • Show/Sale and Exhibition continues Saturday 10/24 from 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday 10/25 from noon - 3:00pm

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.

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 14, 2015, and close artist registration on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Qualifying artists will be notified by July 15, 2015. 
Artists who are selected MUST confirm attendance by August 15, 2015. An official will review event rules and rules pertaining to the various sites at an Artists Opening Reception on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. (Location to be determined).

Canvases (and other surfaces) will be stamped at the Artists Opening Reception. 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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View Complete Artist Entry Rules and Regulations