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(Online entry submission is hosted by OnlineJuriedShows.com)

Artists dinner & social gathering:  April 7
Quick Paint:  April 8
Opening Reception and Awards:  April 8
         Kenn Erroll Backhaus Workshop #1:  April 10 - 12 (full)
Kenn Erroll Backhaus Workshop #2:  April 13 - 15 

Juror of Awards

Exhibition closes :  May 15 *
(* date subject to change to accommodate gallery schedule)

Plein Air Southwest Salon is a juried plein air competition, exhibition and sale  sponsored by the Outdoor Painters Society and showcased each April at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The Salon features plein air paintings from the "best of the best" painters working today.
Plein Air Southwest Salon has earned the reputation as one of the premier events of Spring. The Outdoor Painters Society sponsors the event to promote an appreciation for the process of painting “en plein air” which is French for “in open air”. Most works are completed in a single painting session, painted outdoors on location and are characterized by the bold use of color, design and the freshness of paint application.


Plein Air Southwest Salon 2017 will be hosted by Artist's Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas. 



2017 Juror of Awards 

"Island Reflections" - Kenn Erroll Backhaus




Artist’s Statement


I believe that a painting is not just a two dimensional illusion, but also that of a moment in life, captured on canvas. Painting is a language varying in mood and atmosphere that reflects the diversities of life itself. 


Kenn Erroll Backhaus Born 1951

Kenn, born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and spent much of his childhood on the family farm near Burnett, Wisconsin. His fondness for nature became the catalyst for his art. Kenn’s parents encouraged his artistic education and following High School, he attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a commercial designer and illustrator Kenn received many awards at both local and national levels, which included acceptance in the 30th Annual Society of Illustrators Show in New York City. Although Kenn took pride in his commercial successes, his heart always belonged to the fine art of outdoor painting.

With his developing interest in the historic traditions of plein air painting, Kenn decided in 1984, to devote more time to his passion for painting and the love of the outdoors. His works have been juried into many shows across the country and his paintings have been honored with numerous Best of Show awards and distinctions. He regularly serves as an acceptance juror and awards judge for many shows around the country. He enjoys giving back and has served as an instructor for over ten years.

Kenn was part of a PBS series entitled, “Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape”. Kenn is now one of the host artists of a new high definition 13-part series, Passport & Palette™ represents the next generation of art education on public television.

Kenn is a Signature Artist Member of the California Art Club, a Master Signature Member of both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, a Signature member of the Plein-Air Painters of America. He also served as President of the Plein-Air Painters of America.

Kenn was one of the Master Artists at the first Plein Air Convention hosted by the Plein Air Magazine in Las Vegas, NV in April of 2012. Kenn was also invited as one of the Master Artists at the Weekend With the Masters Workshop and Conference in September of 2012, held at the luxurious Rancho Bernardo Inn, near San Diego, California.


1973 Graduated from Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


2011 “Catalina The Wild Side” The Catalina Conservancy, Avalon, CA

2010 “Painting the Poetry of Light” One-Man Show, Travis Gallery, New Hope, PA

2010 “Western Rendezvous of Art Exhibit and Sale” The Northwest Rendezvous Group Helena, MT

2010 “On-Location with the Plein Air Paintings of America” The Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, WY

2010 “Reflections of Catalina”, The Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting, Catalina Island, CA

2010 “Oil Painters of America National Show”, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2009 “American Art in Miniature” Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

2009 “American Artists Abroad” Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

2009 “Oil Painters of America National Show”, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 “American Legacy-Our National Parks” The Plein Air Painters of America, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

2009 “Impressions of an American Master” Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA

2009 “International Marine Art Exhibition” Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

2009 “Western Rendezvous of Art” The Northwest Rendezvous Group, Helena, MT

2009 “The Couse Foundation Show” The Couse Foundation Show, Taos, NM

2008 “American Art in Miniature” Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

2008 “Celebration of Light”, Plein Air Painters of America, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

2008 “Surf & Sand”, Group Exhibit and Sale, Travis Gallery, New Hope, PA

2008 “Northwest Rendezvous Group, Show and Sale” Helena, MT

2008 “Heritage Art Exhibition”, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Irvine, CA

2008 “European Tradition, American Vision”, Plein Air Painters of America, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD

2008 “Still Life & the Allure of Nature”, Two-Person Show, Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC

2007 “American Art in Miniature” Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

2007 “The Abundant Earth” Group Artist Show, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, CA

2007 “Through Brush and Written Word” One-man Show, Troika Gallery, Easton, MD

2007 “Sea to Shining Sea” Group Show, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA

2007 “Twilight and Reverie” Four person show, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA

2007 The Plein Air Painters of America, “From the Heart”, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

2007 “Blossom-Art of Flowers” Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX


Debra Huse Studio Gallery, Balboa Island, California www.debrahuse.com

Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina www.helenafoxfineart.com

Travis Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania www.travisgallery.com

Troika Gallery, Easton, Maryland www.troikagallery.com

The Highlands Art Gallery www.highlandsartgallery.com


Plein-Air Painters of America – Signature Member, Past President 2000-2001, www.p-a-p-a.com

Oil Painters of America – Master Signature Member, www.oilpaintersofamerica.com

American Impressionist Society - Master Signature Member, www.americanimpressionistsociety.com

En Plein Air Masters, www.enpleinairmasters.com

Passport & Palette – Artist and Producer, www.passportandpalette.com


2009 Passport and Palette, Released May-APT Television Series, DVD Series

2007 Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape, PBS Television Series, DVD Series

2006 American Artist, “Workshop For Oil & Acrylic Painters”, Summer Issue.

2004 December, Plein Air Magazine

2004 July, Southwest Art Magazine

2004 June, American Artist Magazine

2004 From Sea to Shining Sea, A Reflection of America, Book

2003 Enchanted Isle, A History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island, Book

2002 Spring, Persimmon Hill Magazine

2000 September/October, Wildlife Art Magazine

1997 North Light Books, Best of Wildlife Art, Book


2004 - 2007 “American Legacy - Our National Parks”, The Plein Air Painters of America, www.smithkramer.com

2009 – 2013 “From Sea to Shining Sea”, The Plein Air Painters of America, www.smithkramer.com








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