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Plein Air Art Competition 2022

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Chris Willey

Chris Willey

By: Jayd Buteaux

The Shadows-on-the-Teche received 70 applicants from 25 states for the 8th annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition (March 12-18, 2022) in New Iberia, and is pleased to announce that 28 artists have been selected from the talented pool of applicants for this year’s competition.


Shadows Plein Air Juried Artists

All 28 artists will be travelling to the Shadows Visitor Center (320 E. Main Street) on March 12 to have their blank canvases marked with the official Shadows Plein Air dated stamp before heading out into town and the surrounding six parishes to paint.

Artists can paint as many paintings as they wish from Saturday, March 12 to Thursday, March 17. The artists’ works will be judged by Vermont based plein air artist and instructor Mark Boedges.

Susan Knowlton

Susan Knowlton


Artists’ work painted throughout the week will be exhibited and available for sale at the Shadows Visitor Center. Competition winners will be announced, and prizes awarded on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. The ceremony, reception, and fine arts sale are free to attend.

Other festivities planned during competition week can be found below. Additional details about these events can be found on the Shadows’ website.

  • March 9-10: Watercolor Workshop with Richie Vios in St. Martinville (7837 Main Hwy.)
  • March 12: Quick Draw at 3 p.m. in downtown New Iberia
  • March 13: Paint Delcambre from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. at Bayou Carlin Cove (605 S. Railroad St., Delcambre); Art Talk with Mark Boedges at noon; Artist Meet and Greet at 5 p.m.
  • March 15: Painting Demo at 1 p.m. at Hilliard Art Museum (710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette)
  • March 17: Painting Demo at 2 p.m. near the Shadows
  • March 18: Paint Out from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in downtown New Iberia; Awards Ceremony & Fine Art Sale at 6:30 p.m. at Shadows Visitor Center
  • March 19-21: Painting Workshop with Mark Boedges at the Shadows

Craig Renolds by Michael Weber

Craig Renolds by Michael Weber

About Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air:

The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air competition debuted in 2015, introducing the community to painting en plein air. The tradition of “painting outside” is one explored by William Weeks Hall, the last private owner of the Shadows, who advertised for and taught painting classes in the gardens in the 1940s.

In the seven-year history of the competition, over 180 artists from 28 states, Canada, and the Philippines have applied to participate. Almost 100 of these artists have traveled to New Iberia for the opportunity to spend a week painting Acadiana, helping to preserve our unique landscape and historic, urban, and rural viewscapes. Painting sales, the driving force behind the event and a clearer measure of success, increase each year with a grand total of $140,000 over the history of the event, providing support to the artists and the Shadows.

Any funds raised from this event will be used for the continued preservation and maintenance of the Shadows.

For more information, please visit Shadows-on-the-Teche's website.

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