Prospectus 2022

2022 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

July 25–28, 2022

at Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620


Maryhill Museum of Art is located in an expansive and inspiring location, high above the Columbia River in south-central Washington State: Come join artists who share your passion for this spectacular landscape!

This year, the museum will be exhibiting plein air works for most of August—its highest tourism month: July 31–August 27, 2022

Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge on Facebook:

Website: to see last year’s winners, photos of past events, and updated information.


Online Call to Artists

Begins: Monday, January 24, 2022

Closes: Monday, March 21, 2022, at midnight

Notification of artists (by email from Online Juried Shows): Monday, March 28.


  • Paint dates: Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, 4:00 p.m. deadline.
  • First day meet and greet: Monday July 25, 8:00 a.m., at location TBD in Hood River, OR.
  • Drop Off Work: Thursday July 28, 4:00 p.m. Work should be dropped off at location TBD in the Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing at Maryhill Museum of Art. Access is at the end of the museum’s service road (just west of the public entrance road). A map will be provided.
  • COVID permitting, an informal artist social/deadline celebration for artists: Thursday, July 28, after 4:00 p.m. in Maryhill Museum’s café or outdoor plaza.
  • COVID permitting, an opening reception will occur on Saturday, July 30, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Show exhibit dates: Sunday, July 31–Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily.
  • Pick up work: Sunday, August 28, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., in the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center at Maryhill Museum of Art.


1) First Place

2) Second Place

3) Third Place

4–7) Four (4) Honorable Mentions

8) Best Sky

9) Best Mountain

10) Best Water

11) Best Cultural Element

12) Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Award

13) Historic Columbia River Highway Award

14) Friends of the Columbia Gorge Award

15) Maryhill Award

16) Museum Purchase Award(s)


Approx. 30 artists will be selected to participate in this event. Jurying into the show is done online through by a three-person selection committee. You will be notified of acceptance via email. Notification of artists by email is scheduled for Monday, March 28, 2022.


The entry fee is $45.00 per artist. Please submit four (4) images of your best plein air work. The entry fee contributes to awards for the artists and show expenses (including marketing, venue, and jurying fees).


To participate, enter your best Plein Air work for selection consideration.

  • The entry form must be filled out in its entirety, including unframed dimensions/size.
  • Submitted images must not show matting or frame. Please crop your photos to include only the artwork.
  • Please ensure that all images are right-side-up.
  • For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @ 72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format and sRGB color space.
  • For assistance in photographing your work and properly sizing your images, visit
  • If you need help entering your images or are unable to forward them, please email or call 949-287-8645.


Read about Paul on the “About” page on his website:


Date: Friday, July 29, 2022

Location: TBD

Time: TBD

Workshop Fee: TBD

Maximum Participants: TBD

Registration Contact to sign up: TBD

Deadline for Submitting Competition Entries

You may enter only plein air work that has been completed during the four-day paint-out, Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Maximum size of work: 72” total unframed perimeter dimension. For example, a 16” x 20” work = 72” total perimeter dimension (32” + 40”). Any combination that totals 72″ or less is acceptable. Larger works will not be accepted.

Work must be delivered ready for hanging by Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. No saw-tooth hangers. Please use D-rings and wire as hanging hardware.

Artists may enter up to four (4) paintings to be hung in the show and all must be available for sale. Two (2) alternate works will be accepted to replace sold work, for a total of six (6) paintings submitted.

DROP OFF LOCATION AND HOURS: Thursday, July 28, 4:00 p.m.

Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620


Work should be dropped off at the Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing at Maryhill Museum of Art. The exact location will depend on COVID guidelines in place on that date. Access is at the end of the museum’s service road (just west of the public entrance road). A map will be provided.


Sales at the event will be managed by Maryhill Museum of Art. The commission is 60% Artist–40% Maryhill Museum of Art. Commissions help underwrite the museum’s annual exhibitions and programs.


Artists make their own housing arrangements. If they wish to stay or camp in the Columbia Gorge, there are many options for hotels, hostels, and camping in Goldendale, WA, The Dalles, OR, Hood River, OR, and elsewhere.

If you are painting or camping at a state park, there may be a parking or use fee. Please check these websites for more information:

Mark your calendars now! In 2023, Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge moves to the spring! The paint-out will occur from April 10–13. The show and sale at Maryhill Museum of Art is scheduled for April 16–May 13. The 2023 Call for Artists will appear on Online Juried Shows on or about October 1, 2022.


We have an event photographer; images of work or painters may be used in current or future advertising.

Maryhill Museum of Art, its sponsors, staff, and volunteers, will not be responsible for any theft, loss, incident, accident, or legal situations to the artist, artwork, and/or personal property before, during, or after the competition. Artists are responsible for providing any or all insurance or to cover themselves, their artwork, and/or their property. Maryhill Museum of Art will not be responsible for any artwork left, not picked-up, or arranged for pick-up/delivery by the artist. Artists are responsible to ask and receive permission to paint private property where needed and should not otherwise trespass on private property. Artists entering this event are painting at their own risk. Maryhill Museum of Art, the artists, staff, volunteers, and sponsors of this event are not responsible for any accidents, personal injury, loss or damage which occurs during this event.

Thank you for entering Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge! Maryhill Museum of Art is excited to host the event again this year. Situated at the eastern end of the Gorge, we can assure you that the views at and around the museum are breathtaking.

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