Call Detail
Plein Air Plus 2024
Entry Deadline: 5/22/24
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: New Jersey
Event Dates: 9/7/24 - 11/3/24

"Plein Air Plus" 2024 - Nineth Annual National Juried Competition at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, NJ.

Entry Deadline: May 21, 2024
Apply Online:

Paint Out on LBI: July 1st - August 31st, 2024
"Island Life" Exhibition: September 7th - November 3rd, 2024

Juror’ s Prize:  
First Prize: $500. to classical “Plein Air” and First Prize: $500. to “Plein Air Plus +”; one 2nd Prize $250. and one Third Prize $100.  and 4 Honorable Mentions. 

Awards will be announced on September 15, 2024.

JUROR:  The Juror is Anna O. Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)


Chief of Curatorial Affairs and the Kenneth R. Woodcock Curator of Historical American Art, Anna O. Marley joined PAFA in March of 2009. Marley is a scholar of American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945 and holds a B.A. in Art History from Vassar College, an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.
At PAFA, Marley has curated over 16 exhibitions, including Anatomy/Academy (2011); "A Mine of Beauty:" Landscapes by William Trost Richards, editing the accompanying catalog, as well as the touring retrospective Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (both 2012), and editing the acclaimed accompanying catalog, published by the University of California Press; the 5 venue nationally touring Artists Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920 (2015) and the accompanying catalog published by University of Pennsylvania Press; From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic (2019); "Women in Motion: 150 Years of Women’s Artistic Networks at PAFA" (2021); and "Making American Artists: Stories From PAFA, 1776 - 1996" (2022) which is currently on a six-venue national tour. 
Marley’s professional affiliations include serving as former Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art (2014-2016); US Liaison, AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators (2016-2018); Visiting Professor, Mellon Foundation Curatorial Track Ph.D., University of Delaware (2017); Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow (2020); Advisory Board Member of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College (2015-2020) and current Advisory Board Member of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Journal and University of Delaware Graduate College. 

Long Beach Island has a vibrant artist community and is a vacation destination which draws its audience of collectors, supporters of the arts and artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC and beyond. The LBIF, founded in 1948, is celebrating its 76th year in 2024.

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the ninth "Plein Air Plus" Competition and Exhibition on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

The juror will pick approximately 50 artists to participate in the Paint Out on Long Beach Island during July and August. The accepted artists will exhibit the paintings created in the LBI Paint Out in the "Island Life" exhibition scheduled for September through October.

We welcome artists to apply to a unique Plein Air Event!  Our Paint Out is over a two-month period, allowing artists to visit and paint the scenic, seashore environment of Long Beach Island (LBI) New Jersey on their own schedule, any time between July 1st through August 31st. Artists can choose the time of day, weather, and varied locations to paint.

Finished paintings will be shown in the exhibition "Island Life" in September. 

This exhibition will feature the selected artist's Plein Air works and/or studio paintings developed from their Plein Air studies. All artwork exhibited must be for sale.

Prizes will be awarded by the Juror at the reception. Artists are not required to attend the reception.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 18 years and older in the continental US. May 21, 2024 Deadline for submission (online via CAFE) for entry applications:  

JURYING: Approximately 50 artists will be selected to participate in the 2024 Paint Out and Quick Draw event. Artists must submit 4 images of their previous work painted in the past two years for consideration.  Painting media can include oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. Please indicate on each image submitted a description - was it created as "Classical" or "Plus", medium, date, size. 

Accepted artists names will be posted on LBIF site by June 10.



File format: JPEG or JPG only

  • File dimensions: 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side. Anything larger than 1200 px will be resized to fit the limitations.
  • File size: under 5 MB

If you are having difficulty resizing your images to fit this format, go to
Drag and Drop your images in the space on the site. Click longest side from the left-hand menu. Enter 1920 in the box next to pixels. Hit the Start Resizing. You should see it says completed. Note that depending on your browser settings, the image may go directly to your “Downloads” folder.
(For questions you can also send an email to
FEE:  $35.00 for 4 entries (non-refundable)
ARTIST STATEMENT: Please upload a 1–2-page Resume, Bio and/or Artist Statement.

NOTIFICATION:  Accepted artists will be notified by email and posted on the LBIF website by June 10.  Artist agreement forms will be emailed to those who have been accepted and will include an island map of potential locations and housing information.  If you do not receive your notification by the notification date, please contact LBIF at:


The "Island Life" exhibition will show two types of Plein Air painting.  The selected artists will have two choices for submission for the Juror to select for the exhibition:

Classical "Plein Air” painters are requested to exhibit up to four Plein Air paintings to be shown together.

Plein Air Plus artists can submit Plein Air Plus paintings and the studies (photographs, sketches, drawings) for Plein Air Plus for a total of four paintings or studies.

Plein Air and Plein Air Plus are described below. As long as the artwork is clearly labelled as "Classical" or "Plus", the artists can submit work in either combination. The amount of allotted space per artist remains three feet by four feet and a total of 4 pieces, so artists should plan accordingly. 


Artists can work in both Plein Air and Plein Air Plus.

Artists cannot exceed 4 framed pieces (for example a triptych = 3 pieces unless the triptych is contained in one frame). 

Artists are entitled to 12 square feet of wall space, which allows for many different size options.  

"Plein Air" (classical) is defined as the painting being completed on site, without the use out photography. Plein Air artists are asked to submit a maximum of four paintings on any size canvas that will fit into the allotted exhibit space.

“Plein Air Plus” is defined as inspired by a specific location on Long Beach Island observed during the Paint Out during July through August, with studies painted out of doors and completed in the artists’ personal studio. We request that no paintings be created entirely from photographs, but photos and Plein Air sketches can be used to produce a Plein Air Plus painting.  Large size paintings are encouraged. 


The “Island Life” Exhibition will be held from September 7 – November 3, with a Reception and Awards Presentation tentatively scheduled for September. Artists are not required to attend.
All work for the exhibition must be made during the period of July 1-August 31, 2024.  Subject themes include: Beaches, Salt Marshes, Barnegat Bay, Island Towns, Water Sports, Surfing, Fishing, Boating and Family entertainment venues on LBI.  Check  website for map.
Only paintings begun and completed during the July 1st, 2024 through September 6th are eligible for submission. Canvas stamping is not required.  All artwork submitted for the exhibition must be ready to hang and firmly wired. Frames for artwork should be white, black or a natural wood. Previous work that has been shown at the LBIF is not eligible for the exhibition.

A web ready photograph (jpg) of completed work to be used for sale on LBIF's website must be submitted with the artworks with the following information:

Title of piece / Medium / Size / Retail Price / Plein Air OR Plein Air Plus

Submitted work must be available for the duration of the exhibition. The LBIF retains 40% of the retail price of the work exhibited. Artists receive payment for sold work 45 days after the close of the exhibition.

DELIVERY of accepted artwork and RETURN of UNSOLD WORK:

Shipping or drop off of artwork to LBIF is the responsibility of the artist. Submissions of shipped packages must be sent with a pre-paid return shipping label or shippers’ UPS or FEDEX account number to charge to artists’ account.

Artist can pick up unsold work after the exhibition closes. If unsold artwork is to be shipped back to artists, artist must provide a pre-paid UPS or FEDEX label when artwork is delivered in September.

Unclaimed artwork becomes the property of the LBIF if left for more than 30 days after close of exhibition. LBIF is not responsible for unclaimed artwork for loss or damage. We will invite artists whose work has not sold to be included in our Holiday Market Fest, currently scheduled for November 16 until December 15, if they so wish.


Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences reserves the right to exclude from the exhibition any works that do not arrive in sturdy condition or are deemed too fragile to be successfully exhibited. Work that has not been suitably prepared will be hung at LBIF's discretion.
Please submit only work that will be available at the time of the exhibition and will remain for its entirety. Please do not submit work that has a retail value over $7,500. ALL WORK MUST BE FOR SALE.

No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. No pricing changes will be allowed after acceptance. Work that is copied or done under the guidance of an instructor is not eligible. Entries must not have been previously exhibited at LBIF.

Please refer to the prospectus for full details regarding eligibility, deadlines, awards and details posted on the LBIF website at:  


The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (LBIF) was established in 1948 as a non-profit institution by artist Boris Blai to provide arts and educational opportunities to the surrounding communities.  Blai, a sculptor and founding Dean of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, had a vision that through exceptional art exhibitions, classes, and cultural activities the LBIF could provide visitors an opportunity to experience and share quality arts and cultural programming.  For more than seventy-five years the LBIF has delivered this mission through its Exhibition programs, Art Classes, Visiting Artists programs, Artist Residency and Retreat Program.


The following is a tentative schedule for the selection process and exhibition:

May 21, 2024: Deadline for submission (online via CAFE) for entry applications

By June 10: Notification of acceptance emailed to the artists

July 1 - August 31: Paint Out on Long Beach Island (Check in at LBIF)
Artwork due at LBIF August 29 -September 2 - Artist delivery of paintings must be ready to hang

Sept 7 – Nov 3: “Island Life” Exhibition 

September 7: Exhibition opens 

Reception: September 15, 2024 (tentative)  

Nov 4-6: Artist pick-up of unsold work

Nov 16 – Dec 15 Holiday Market Fest     

Application Requirements

Entry Deadline: May 21, 2024
Apply Online:

FEE:  $35.00 for 4 entries (non-refundable)


Eligibility Criteria

Open to all artists 18 years and older in the continental US