Plein Air At The Fair
Plein Air

2024 Plein Air at the Fair

Plein Air at the Fair contest is an opportunity for artists to create artwork that is inspired by and created solely, at the Walworth County Fair. All artwork must embody the Plein Air spirit by capturing the light, mood and atmosphere of the moment. This competition is open to all!

โ€๐“๐Ž๐ ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐’: (Artists can receive only one award from this section)

ยทGrand Championโ€ฆ$1,000

ยทReserve Championโ€ฆ$600

ยทAward of Meritโ€ฆ$400

โ€The Grand Champion and the Reserve Champion will become the property of the Walworth County Fair and Will be SOLD to the highest bidder at the annual Walworth County Fair Foundation Woodcarving Auction. Held on Sunday, September 1st at 3 p.m. 2024 at the Park Stage. Funds raised at the sale of these paintings will be used in the Arts and Craft Building.

๐’๐๐„๐‚๐ˆ๐€๐‹ ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐’ย (Artists can receive multiple awards from this section)

โ— ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ข๐ซ๐žโ€ฆ$200

โ— ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Š๐ข๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐€๐ง๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐š๐ข๐ซโ€ฆ$200

โ— ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐–๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญโ€ฆ$200

โ— ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฒ ๐€๐ง๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ฅโ€ฆ$200

โ— ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐…๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐žโ€ฆ$200

*Artists must have and use their own supplies.
*Each painting must be created entirely on-site at the Walworth County Fairgrounds on Thursday, August 29th, 2024 between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM.
*Artists may submit up to two paintings in the event.
*Artists must paint in the ticketed area of the Fairgrounds. Only areas open to the public are available to artists. In addition, artists can only paint in buildings open to the public during hours of operation. A map marked with the areas will be provided to registered artists in the informational packet that will be mailed.

A painting will be disqualified for judging if the artist:
โ€ข Is found using a photographic device or photos on their easel
โ€ข Is not within the ticketed area of the Walworth County Fairgrounds.
โ€ข Intentionally impedes the sightlines of other artists.

Artists will be responsible for framing their artwork. Final, ready to hang artwork must be submitted by 9:30 am on Friday September 1st, 2023 (see submission section). Please note that judging of fair book entries will be happening while you are dropping off your artwork.

Registration: First 30 artists to register will be accepted. Registration fee is $30. All registered artists will receive four (4) complimentary admission tickets and a Wednesday only parking permit to the Walworth County Fair. The registration fee must accompany the registration form.

๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐ž๐š๐๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž: All registrations must be postmarked by Thursday, August 8th, 2024. Registration fees are not refundable or transferable. Any registration fee received after the maximum number of artists are registered will be returned. Questions regarding competition rules should be directed to Susan Duerst Earle by phone at 262-642-5746 or by email at