About Plein Air for the Park

Established in 2012, Plein Air for the Park is a collaborative effort, bringing the artists of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Association and the staff and volunteers of the Grand Teton Association together to present this exclusive annual "wet painting" show and sale.

Participating artists will paint on-location ("en plein-air" as the French say) in the Park and Jackson Hole area for up to 10 days, and then display their new works for sale at the impressive Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose starting Wednesday, July 12.


Continuing a century-old artistic tradition

First put into widespread practice by the French Impressionists, painting "en plein aire" (in the open air) has been an integral part of the American landscape painting tradition for over 100 years. Working on location, directly from life, enables the artist to translate their experience of the light, weather, and landscape in the most immediate way, yielding canvases rich with freshness, spontaneity, and emotional content.

Unified by a passion for the Park and a desire to share & preserve it.

Outreach is a major element of the mission for both the Grand Teton Association and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Each year, event artists participate in several live painting demonstrations, giving the public a chance to interact, ask questions, and watch the artistic process unfold in real time. A portion of all proceeds from the show will benefit the Grand Teton Association and support their ongoing educational, interpretive, and scientific programs in GTNP.

Connecting the land and people through a shared artistic experience.

Plein Air for the Park offers visitors and patrons a unique experience - a chance to see this majestic landscape through the eyes of 40 of the nation's top artists, to enjoy connecting with them and their process in a personal way, and to take home a memento of the Park that will not only enrich their lives over time but will also help ensure that this special place endures and is accessible to all.