Plein Air 2018

Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational 2018

The first annual Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational took place September 26-30, 2018 and celebrated the current and historical presence of art in Yellowstone. Many thanks to the artists, visitors, and sponsors who helped make the event a great success!

Fourteen of the nation’s best artists painted “en plein air” (outside on-site) for four days in various locations throughout Yellowstone National Park. Park visitors had the opportunity to attend daily painting demonstrations and a paint-out that gathered all artists to paint in one location on Saturday, September 29.

A selection of the artists’ “wet paintings” produced during the week were displayed alongside studio-produced pieces at the Old Faithful Lodge Recreation Hall. These pieces were available for viewing and purchase on Sunday, September 30. Proceeds from the event benefit Yellowstone National Park priority projects and education initiatives.

Please mark your calendars! We hope you join us for the second annual Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational on September 24 – 29, 2019.

2018 Schedule of Events

September 26 – September 28
Artists paint throughout Yellowstone.
Daily painting demonstrations.

September 26 – Artist demonstration at the Crystal Creek parking area
September 27 – Artist demonstration at Artist Point
September 28 – Artist demonstration at bike path near Old Faithful

September 29
Morning Paint-Out at Madison Junction. Artists have two hours to complete a painting of Yellowstone.

Family-friendly plein air painting and afternoon artist-in-residence demonstration at the Yellowstone Art & Photography Center at Old Faithful.

September 30
Exhibition and sale open to the public at Old Faithful Lodge Recreation Hall.

2018 Artists

Suzie Baker 
Spring, TX

Tammy Callens
Jackson Hole, WY

Jennifer Hoffman 
Jackson, WY

Shirl Ireland
Gardiner, MT

Kathryn Mapes Turner
Jackson, WY

James McGrew
Lake Oswego, OR

Bobbie McKibbin 
Stevensville, MT

Jim McVicker
Loleta, CA

Ned Mueller 
Renton, WA

Rachel Pettit 
Tooele, UT

Grant Redden
Evanston, WY

Roger Rink 
East Glacier, MT

Greg Scheibel
Bozeman, MT

Aaron Schuerr
Livingston, MT

2018 Award Winners

Jennifer Hoffman 
Best Body of Work

Kathryn Mapes Turner
Artists’ Choice
Award of Excellence

Bobbie McKibbin 
Award of Excellence

Grant Redden
Award of Excellence


2018 Yellowstone Society Insider Excursion

Throughout the 2018 Plein Air celebration, Yellowstone Society supporters had the opportunity to interact with artists, listen to art-themed presentations, and choose from a variety of field excursions as part of the Yellowstone Society Weekend. This program was exclusive to Yellowstone Forever Society supporters. To learn more about the 2018 program please click here. Not yet a member of the Yellowstone Society? Learn more here.

2018 Sponsors

Element by Westin          Gamblin Artist's Oil Colors          PleinAir Magazine          Wildland Trekking Company


Many thanks to our 2018 sponsors. Interested in sponsoring the 2019 event? Please click here to view the 2018 sponsorship package. Information on 2019 sponsorships coming soon.