Plein Air

Yellowstone Plein Air invitational

The first annual Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational celebrates the current and historical presence of art in Yellowstone. Fourteen of the nation’s best artists will paint “en plein air” (outside on-site) for four 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 29.

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 30. Proceeds from the event benefit Yellowstone National Park priority projects and education initiatives.


2018 Schedule of Events

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

September 26, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Artist demonstration at the Crystal Creek parking area
September 27, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Artist demonstration at Artist Point
September 28, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Artist demonstration at bike path near Old Faithful

September 29
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. – 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
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Exhibition and sale open to the public at Old Faithful Lodge Recreation Hall.

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

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

Yellowstone Society Insider Excursion

Throughout the Plein Air celebration, Yellowstone Society supporters will have 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 is exclusive to Yellowstone Forever Society supporters and takes place September 28 – 30. To learn more about the program, including how to register, please click here. Not yet a member of the Yellowstone Society? Learn more here.


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


Interested in sponsoring this event? Please click here to view the sponsorship package.