2019 Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational

2019 Plein Air Invitational

A Celebration of Art in the World’s First National Park

The second annual Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational, September 24-29, 2019, celebrates the current and historical presence of art in Yellowstone.

Sixteen of the nation’s best artists will paint “en plein air” (outside on-site) for five days in various locations throughout Yellowstone National Park. Park visitors have the opportunity to attend daily painting demonstrations and a paint-out that gathers all artists to paint in one location on Saturday, September 28.

Presentation of art

A selection of the artists’ “wet paintings” produced during the week will be displayed alongside studio-produced pieces at the Old Faithful Lodge Recreation Hall. These pieces will be available for viewing and purchase on Sunday, September 29. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Yellowstone National Park priority projects and education initiatives.

2019 Schedule of Events

Please join us for these exciting activities in 2019!

Plein Air 2018, James McGrew at Artist PointSeptember 24 – September 27
Artists paint throughout Yellowstone. Painting demonstrations will take place at the following times and locations:

September 24 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Specimen Ridge Trailhead

September 25 – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Yellowstone Lake Hotel

September 26 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Artist Point

September 27 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Castle Geyser

September 28
Morning Paint-Out at Madison Junction. Artists will have two hours to complete a painting of Yellowstone.

Family-friendly plein air painting at the Yellowstone Art & Photography Center at Old Faithful.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. – VIP banquet and art auction at Old Faithful Lodge Recreation Hall. Studio paintings from each artist will be exhibited alongside plein air work painted during the event. Purchase tickets here.

September 29
Exhibition and sale open to the public at Old Faithful Lodge Recreation Hall.

Event details will be updated regularly—please check back for the latest information.

Summer 2019: Visit the Yellowstone Art & Photography Center at Old Faithful this summer to view studio work of participating Plein Air Invitational artists.

View photos from the inaugural event in 2018.

2019 Artists

Suzie Baker 
Spring, TX

Bobbie McKibbin 
Stevensville, MT

Grant Redden
Evanston, WY

Tammy Callens
Jackson Hole, WY

Jim McVicker
Loleta, CA

Roger Rink 
East Glacier, MT

John Cogan
Farmington, NM

Ned Mueller 
Renton, WA

Greg Scheibel
Bozeman, MT

Jennifer Hoffman 
Jackson, WY

Rachel Pettit 
Tooele, UT

Aaron Schuerr
Livingston, MT

Shirl Ireland
Gardiner, MT

John Potter 
Red Lodge, MT

Kathryn Mapes Turner
Jackson, WY

James McGrew
Lake Oswego, OR

Yellowstone Society Insider Excursion

Join us for a special weekend event, September 27-29, 2019, celebrating the current and historical importance of art in Yellowstone. Throughout the weekend, guests will interact with artists, listen to art-themed presentations, and choose from a variety of field excursions. This program is exclusive to Yellowstone Forever Society supporters.

Learn more about the 2019 event here. Not yet a member of the Yellowstone Society? Learn more here.


PleinAir Magazine

Interested in sponsoring this event? View the 2019 Sponsorship Package.

For additional information or to become a sponsor, please contact Meredith McMahon, Director of Corporate Relations, at 949.510.9120 or MMcMahon@yellowstone.org.