Call Detail
Plein Air Plus 2020 National Juried Competition
Entry Deadline: 7/10/20
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Plein Air Plus 2020 National Juried Competition (Non-refundable Fee)): $35.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: New Jersey
Event Dates: 7/1/20 - 11/1/20

"Plein Air Plus" 2020 - Fifth Annual National Juried Competition at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, NJ.

*Covid-19 Update as of June 9 -
The online process has allowed us to continue accepting submissions. In light of the current relaxation of  of Covid-19, at this time we move ahead with an exciting exhibit of Plein Air Plus. We will keep you updated. Health and public safety is of prime concern. If this exhibition must be cancelled by the LBIF due to the Corona virus /Covid-19  after the Juror has made his selection, application fees will be refunded to those artists who were selected to participate in this event. 

Entry Deadline: June 22, 2020
Apply On Line:
Accepted artists names will be posted on LBIF site: June 29

The Juror is David C. Levy 
Paint Out: July 1st - August 31st
"Island Life" Exhibition: September 12th - November 1st

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 72nd year anniversary in 2020.

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the fifth "Plein Air Plus" Competition and Exhibition on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The juror, David C.Levy, will pick 35 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 September 4th. 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. We encourage that artwork exhibited is for sale.

Prizes will be awarded by the Juror David C. Levy at the reception on September 13. (Artists are not required to attend the reception).

JUROR:   We are very pleased to have David C. Levy as our Juror in 2020.

David CLevy has an illustrious career as an internationally known and highly respected art professional. He is an artist/designer, educator, photographer, museum director, art historian and musician. His current role is as President of the Education Division of Cambridge Information Group. Levy is also President of Sotheby's Institute of Art, and Chairman of Bach to Rock.

David Levy was the Judge for Plein Air Easton in 2019, as well as the Juror for Plein Air Easton in 2018.

The son of artists Edgar Levy and Lucille Corcos and godson of sculptors David Smith and Dorothy Dehner, David Levy grew up in the midst of the creative community that moved the world’s art capital from Europe to New York during the seminal years of the late 1940s and early ‘50s. Dr. Levy served for 19 years as the CEO of the Parsons School of Design, transforming the school from a small, struggling, non-degree-granting trade school into one of the largest and most diversified visual arts colleges in the United States. He served as President and Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design. Over his 14-year tenure, Levy rebuilt both the museum and its college of art, mounting more than 300 exhibitions and expanding the museum’s 1990 attendance of 80,000 to just under one million by 2004.  In 2005, Levy began a consulting relationship with Cambridge Information Group (CIG) and, in 2007, became President of its Education Group and of its graduate school, Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Other accomplishments include the creation of The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founding the Delaware College of Art & Design and Bach to Rock, a chain of music schools with an innovative curriculum based on the formation of small bands. His professional accomplishments are unparalleled as an educator and innovative leader in the arts.


ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 18 years and older in the continental US.
The Plein Air application will be available on line through June 15, 2020 on CAFÉ (

June 22, 2020 Deadline for submission (online via CAFE) for entry applications:  

JURYING: Approximately 35 artists will be selected to participate in the 2020 Paint Out and Quick Draw event. Artists must submit 3 images of their previous work painted in the past two years for consideration.  Painting media can include oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel.

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  )
FEES:  $35.00 for 3 entries (non-refundable)
ARTIST STATEMENT: Please include in your application an Artist Statement. Please upload a 1-2 page Resume with Bio.

NOTIFICATION:  Accepted artists will be notified by email and posted on the LBIF website by June 22.  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 to the exhibition:

Classical "Plein Air” painters are requested to exhibit up to four Plein Air paintings to be shown together in an approximate space measuring four feet by four feet.

Plein Air Plus artists are requested to submit two (classical) Plein Air paintings and one “Plein Air Plus+”, and the studies (photographs, sketches, drawings) for Plein Air Plus for a total of four paintings plus studies.

Plein Air and Plein Air Plus are described below. The amount of allotted space per artist remains four feet by four feet, so artists should plan accordingly.
"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 a 4’ x 4’ 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.  The size up can be up to 36 inches wide and 48 inches long. 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 minimum size for "Plus" work submitted to exhibit is 20" x 24".

The “Island Life” Exhibition will be held from September 12– November 1, with a Reception and Awards Presentation on a Sunday on September 13, from 2-4 pm. Artists are not required to attend.
All work for the exhibition must be made during the period of July 1-August 31, 2020.  Subject themes include: Beaches, Salt Marshes, Barnegat Bay, Island Towns, Water Sports, Surfing, Fishing, Boating and Family entertainment venues.  Check  website for map.
Only paintings begun and completed during the July 1st through September 4th are eligible for submission. Canvas stamping is not required.  All artwork submitted for the exhibition must be ready to hang and firmly wired.
Submitted work must be available for the duration of the exhibition. The LBIF retains 40% of the retail price of the work exhibited.

Cash Awards will be announced at the reception on Sunday, September 13, 2020, 2 – 4 pm
Juror’ s Prize:  
First Prize: $500. to classical “Plein Air” and First Prize: $500. to “Plein Air Plus +”, 2nd Prize $250. and Third Prize $100.  Three Honorable Mentions. 

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. 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: 

June 22, 2020            Deadline for submission for entry applications (online via CAFE)

June 29                   Notification
July 1 - Sept 6         Paint Out on Long Beach Island, NJ (Check in at LBIF)
September 4-8        Artwork due at LBIF; Artist delivery of paintings ready to hang
Sept 12 – Nov 1      “Island Life” Exhibition
September 13            Reception & Awards, 2 – 4 pm
Nov 2 - 8                 Artist pick up of unsold work
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 sixty-eight years the LBIF has delivered this mission through its Exhibition programs, Visiting Artists programs, Artist Residency and Retreat Program.

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