Call Detail
Plein Air Plus 2021 National Juried Competition
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
120 Long Beach Blvd,
Loveladies, NJ 08008

Contact Email:
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: New Jersey
Entry Deadline: 6/1/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Non-Refundable): $35.00

"Plein Air Plus" 2021 - Sixth Annual National Juried Competition

at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, NJ.

Entry Deadline: June 1, 2021
Apply On Line:

Paint Out on LBI: July 1st - August 31st, 2021
"Island Life" Exhibition: September 18th - October 31st

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. 

Awards will be announced September 18, 2021

JUROR: Kathleen A. Foster is The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With degrees from Wellesley and Yale, she has held curatorial posts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Indiana University Art Museum, and taught at Williams College, Temple University, Indiana University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently an adjunct professor in the History of Art. She has published work on topics in American art from the late-eighteenth-century to the present, with a particular emphasis on the work of Thomas Eakins, including the prize-winning Thomas Eakins Rediscovered (1997), two essays in the catalogue for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Thomas Eakins (2001), the reconstruction of Eakins’s own drawing manual (2005), and the recent An Eakins Masterpiece Restored: Seeing The Gross Clinic Anew (2012). Her most recent project at the PMA was the exhibition and book, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent (2017), with its affiliated research website. She is currently leading the Museum’s team in planning for the installation of the new Early American Art galleries, part of the major renovation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art opening in the spring of 2021.


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 73rd year in 2021.

We are pleased to announce the sixth "Plein Air Plus" Competition and Exhibition on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The juror, will pick approximately 40 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 (as per COVID-19 guidelines) on September 18. (Artists are not required to attend the reception).

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 18 years and older in the continental US.
June 1, 2021 Deadline for submission (online via CAFE) for entry applications:  

JURYING: Approximately 40 artists will be selected to participate in the 2021 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.

Accepted artists names will be posted on LBIF site: June 7



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 3 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 1.  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 in an approximate space measuring three 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 or studies.

Plein Air and Plein Air Plus are described below. The amount of allotted space per artist remains three feet by four feet and a total of 4 pieces, 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 3’ 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 18 – October 31, with a Reception and Awards Presentation tentatively scheduled for September 18. Artists are not required to attend.
All work for the exhibition must be made during the period of July 1-August 31, 2021.  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 August 31st 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. Artists receive payment for sold work 45 days after the close of the exhibition.


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 60 days after close of exhibition. LBIF is not responsible for unclaimed artwork for loss or damage.

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:


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

January – May                     Prospectus distribution, listing and advertising (by LBIF)

June 1, 2021                       Deadline for submission (online via CAFE) 

By June 7                            Notification of acceptance emailed to the artists

July 1 to August 31            Paint Out on Long Beach Island (Check in at LBIF)
Quick Draw July 10               anytime during our Foundation Art Festival (10 am – 5pm)

2nd Quick Draw                   Tentatively scheduled for early September (TBD)

September 1-7                     Artwork due at LBIF; Artist delivery of paintings ready to hang

Sept 18 – Oct 31                 “Island Life” Exhibition

September 18                      Awarding of Prizes  (Reception)

Nov 1 - 8                              Artist pick up of unsold work

Nov 1 – Dec 5                      Holiday Market Fest

                                          (Artists can participate in LBIF’s Holiday Sale)
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.

LBIF follows CDC and local health department guidelines for COVID-19


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