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Maryhill Museum of Art
Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

2020 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge


July 27–July 30, 2020


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




Maryhill Museum of Art is located in an expansive and inspiring landscape, high above the Columbia River in south-central Washington State. This year, Maryhill Museum will be exhibiting Pacific Northwest Plein Air works for most of August—its highest tourism month. Work will be displayed from August 2–22, 2020.


Opening Reception on Saturday, August 1, from 5:00–7:00 p.m., in the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center, inside Maryhill Museum of Art.


Come join artists who share your passion for this spectacular landscape!


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







Online Call to Artists

BEGINS: Monday, January 20, 2020

CLOSES: Monday, March 16, 2020, at midnight

NOTIFICATION of artists (by email from Online Juried Shows): Week of March 23, 2020



  • Paint dates: Monday, July 27, through Thursday, July 30, 4:00 p.m. deadline.
  • First day meet and greet: Monday July 27, 8:00 a.m., at Dog River Coffee, 411 Oak Street, Hood River, OR.
  • Drop Off Work: Thursday July 30, 4:00 p.m. Work should be dropped off downstairs in the Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing at Maryhill Museum of Art. Access is gained by the end of the museum’s service road (just west of the public entrance road). A map will be provided.
  • Informal Artist Social/Deadline Celebration: Thursday, July 30, after 4:00 p.m. in Maryhill Museum’s café.
  • Event Opening Gala/Reception: Saturday, August 1, 5:00–7:00 p.m. (wine and hors d’oeuvres).
  • Show exhibit dates: Sunday, August 2–Saturday, August 22, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily.
  • Pick up work: Sunday, August 23, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., in the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center.



Juror Workshop: Peggi Kroll Roberts:

Friday, July 31, at Maryhill Museum of Art (details forthcoming).



1) First Place

2) Second Place

3) Third Place

7) Four (4) Honorable Mentions

8) Best Sky

9) Best Mountain

10) Best Water

11) Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Award

12) Historic Columbia River Highway Award

13) Friends of the Columbia Gorge Award

14) Maryhill Winery Award

15) Maryhill Museum Award

16) Purchase Awards



Up to forty 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 the week of March 23, 2020.



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.

  • Artists receive an aggregate point total for their submitted images, so be sure to upload photos of four works.
  • 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 insure 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.


AWARDS JUROR—Peggi Kroll Roberts

Learn about the juror here:


Check out Peggi’s website:



Date: Friday, July 31, 2020

Location: Maryhill Museum of Art

Time: TBD

Workshop Fee: TBD

Maximum Participants: 12

Further information will be forthcoming and posted to the PNWPA Facebook page.


DEADLINE for Submitting Competition Entries

You may enter only plein air work that has been completed during the four-day paint-out: Monday, July 27, through Thursday, July 30, 2020.


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.


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 30, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. (please, no saw-tooth hangers).


DROP OFF LOCATION AND HOURS: Thursday, July 30, 4:00 p.m.

Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620


Work should be dropped off downstairs 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.



Sales at the event will be handled 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 nearby Goldendale, WA, The Dalles, OR, Hood River, OR, to name a few…

See for more information.


State park fees: If you are painting or camping at a state park, there may be a parking or use fee. Check these websites for info:



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 the museum are breathtaking.


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