Call Detail
Plein Air Plus 2022
Entry Deadline: 5/21/22
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry 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: 9/17/22 - 10/30/22

"Plein Air Plus" 2022 - Seventh Annual National Juried Competition at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, NJ.

Entry Deadline: May 16, 2022
Apply Online:

Paint Out on LBI: July 1st - August 31st, 2022
"Island Life" Exhibition: September 17th - October 31st

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 in September.

JUROR:  The Juror is Juliana Ochs Dweck, Chief Curator, Princeton University Art Museum


Juliana Ochs Dweck is chief curator at the Princeton University Art Museum, which is constructing an entirely new building designed by Sir David Adjaye and scheduled to open in 2024. At Princeton, the exhibitions she curated include Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States (2019), Time Capsule 1970: Rauschenberg’s Currents (2019), Picturing Protest (2018), Surfaces Seen and Unseen: African Art at Princeton (2016), and By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War (2016). Dweck’s career spans art, history, and identity museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York. An anthropologist (BA Yale University, PhD University of Cambridge), she is the author of Security and Suspicion: An Ethnography of Everyday Life in Israel (Penn Press, 2011), and has written about materiality, memory, and museum practice.

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 74th year in 2022.

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the seventh "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 (per COVID-19 guidelines). Artists are not required to attend the reception.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 18 years and older in the continental US. May 16, 2022 Deadline for submission (online via CAFE) for entry applications:  

JURYING: Approximately 50 artists will be selected to participate in the 2022 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. 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 1.



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.

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 17 – October 31, 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, 2022.  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 5th 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 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 19 until December 4, 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. 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-four years the LBIF has delivered this mission through its Exhibition programs, Art Classes, Visiting Artists programs, Artist Residency and Retreat Program.

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


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

January – May: Prospectus distribution, listing and advertising by LBIF

May 16, 2022: Deadline for submission (online via CAFE) for entry applications

By June 1: Notification of acceptance emailed to the artists

July 1 - August 31: Paint Out on Long Beach Island (Check in at LBIF)
Quick Draw July 9: during our Foundation Art Festival (10 am – 5pm)

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

Sept 17 – Oct 31: “Island Life” Exhibition 

September 17: Exhibition opens 

Reception: September 18, 2022  

Nov 1 - 8: Artist pick-up of unsold work

Nov 1 – Dec 4 Holiday Market Fest     

Entry Deadline: May 16, 2022
Apply Online:

FEE:  $35.00 for 3 entries (non-refundable)


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