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Orientation and Welcome:  May 20, 2018
Official Paint Out:  May 21 - May 25, 2018
Exhibition Opening reception and Awards - May 26, 2018
Quick Paint: May 26, 2018

      Joshua Been Workshop May 27 - 29
Exhibition ends June 9, 2018

Plein Air Southwest Salon is a juried plein air competition, exhibition and sale presented by the Outdoor Painters Society and hosted by the Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas.  The competition artists are members of the Outdoor Painters Society and considered some of the "best of the best" plein air 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 showcase the incredible talent within our membership and to promote an appreciation for the process of painting “en plein 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.  

The 2018 event will mark a new format and paint out location!  Plein Air Southwest has emerged from a salon-style gallery exhibition into a 6-day paint out competition followed by a 3-week show & sale of plein air work produced during the official paint out period of May 21 - 25, 2018.  The host venue for 2018 is Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas. This area on the Texas Gulf Coast is rich with subject matter that appeals to all plein air painters!


Rockport Center for the Arts boasts a state-of-the-art main gallery as the result of building renovations and expansions in 1998 and 2000. The two parlor galleries are now dedicated entirely to the works of its member artists, while the main gallery allows the Center to host local, regional, national, and internationally acclaimed artists in both solo and group exhibitions. In 2000 the Garden Gallery was added, allowing the Center for the first time to simultaneously feature three distinct exhibitions, at times displaying over 100 original works of art.

Today the building also houses two visual arts classrooms which are home to numerous workshops, classes, seminars, and open studio sessions. A well-furnished pottery studio is always active, and includes a kiln room which hosts daily firings. Visitors enjoy the art center gift shop where member artists display a wide range of art and craft. 

Our "backyard," a 10,000 square foot Sculpture Garden, is home to works by internationally acclaimed granite sculptor Jesus Moroles, as well as acclaimed sculptors Kent UllbergSandy ScottCharles Umlauf, and James Surls

The Art Center continues to host community-driven events around the arts. Events such as Art Educator Days, ArtLink for Kids, the Rockport Film Festival, a Music Performance Series, and the Rockport Clay Expo are just a few examples. Rockport itself has over 200 working artists, a variety of downtown art galleries, and was recently named a "Top 10 Coastal Art Colony" by Coastal Living Magazine. 

2018 Juror of Awards 


 Secret Solitude  36x60 Oil


Artist’s Statement


The style I paint in is known as Impressionistic Realism. It’s a versatile yet challenging mode of expression through which the poetry of a subject is preserved and paramount. To find eternal balance in the elegant dance of light and form is my highest inspiration. Through the congruence of our visual vocabulary and shared human experience, I am able to imply detail without overstating it. Brushwork and palette knife together create a textural Impressionism and paint quality which entice a closer look, while it is through a little distance that my paintings become Realistic portals into a time and place.  Painted like memories of the “here and now,” they depict the variety of life in the 21st Century and often include man-made objects, figures, or animals. Through my work, I sincerely hope to remind and inspire others to take time to see just how amazing this existence is.  


Joshua Been, born in 1974, had no shortage of outdoor adventures that cultivated his appreciation for the natural world. Drawing since he could manage a pencil, he was captivated by animation and cartooning. This interest remained with him throughout high school and an active duty enlistment in the US Army. Been then went on to pursue his BA in Fine Art at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. As a Magna Cum Laude graduate from this small liberal arts college, Been found interest in more than just art classes. He was active in theatre and performing arts, while studying Earth Sciences as well. This interdisciplinary foundation is evident in the intricacies and truthful fascination of his landscape as well as his figurative work.

After graduation, Been relocated to the Los Angeles area where he worked for several years in the entertainment industry as a Character Animator and Visual Development Artist. Cartoon Network, and Disney TV were some of the studios where he found work. It wasn’t long, however, before Been craved a more liberating artform, and enrolled in some figure painting classes at the California Art Institute. While simplifying his life in order to pursue the more nomadic life of a painter, Been moved back to his native land in Colorado. For a short time in order to get his feet on the ground in CO, Been taught art and design to inmates at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility. He now lives and paints in Salida, a place known as the “Heart of the Rockies”.


2014 “Poster Award” Sedona Plein Air Invitational, Sedona, AZ, October 2014
2014 “American Impressionist Society Group Show” Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, October 2014
2014 “Grand Canyon 7 Group Show” Mountain Trails Galleries, Sedona, AZ, April 2014
2013 “Award of Merit” Sedona Plein Air Invitational, judged by Jill Carver, Sedona, AZ, October 2013
2013 “Best Depiction of Water Overall”  Plein Air Magazine Salon, judged by Skip Whitcomb, September 2013
2013 “3rd Place Overall” Plein Air Magazine Salon, judged by Skip Whitcomb, September 2013
2013 “Artist’s Choice” Body Of Work, Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Plein Air on the Rim, Grand Canyon Village, AZ, September 2013
2013 “Artist’s Choice” Body Of Work, Aspen Plein Air Invitational, July 2013
2012 “My World” feature written in Southwest Art Magazine by Bonnie Ganglehoff, December 2012
2012 “Award of Merit” Sedona Plein Air Invitational, judged by Kathryn Stats, Sedona, AZ October 2012
2012 “Honorable Mention” Plein Air Moab, judged by Lorenzo Chavez, October2012
2012 “Award of Merit” Quickdraw, Plein Air Moab, Moab, UT October 2012
2012 “Artist’s Choice” Driggs Digs Plein Air, Driggs, ID August 2012
2012 “Peoples Choice” Quickdraw, Driggs Digs Plein Air, Driggs, ID August 2012
2012 “1st Place” Driggs Digs Plein Air, Driggs, judged by Scott Christensen, Driggs, ID August 2012
2012 “Painting the Figure in the Landscape” feature written in Southwest Art Magazine by Bonnie Ganglehoff, January 2012
2011 “Award of Merit” Sedona Plein Air Invitational, judged by Arturo Chavez, Sedona, AZ, October, 2011
2011 “1st Place” Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival, Salida, CO September 2011
2011 “Kiabab Trail Award, 2nd Place Overall,” Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim Invitational, Grand Canyon, AZ September 2011
2011 “Peoples Choice-Quickdraw,” Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim Invitational, Grand Canyon, AZ September 2011
2011 “Honorable Mention,” Door County Plein Air Invitational, judged by Brian Stewart, Door County, WI, July 2011
2011 “Artist’s Choice,” Aspen Plein Air Invitational, Aspen CO July, 2011
2011 “Top 5 Sellers,” Telluride Plein Air Invitational, Telluride CO July, 2011
2010 “Superintendent’s Award,” Zion Plein Air Invitational, Jock Whitworth, Superintendent Zion National Park, November 2010
2010 “Award of Excellence,” Sedona Plein Air Invitational, October 2010
2010 “Best Quick Draw,” Plein Air Moab, October 2010
2010 “Newsmakers” (Last Page of Magazine), Southwest Art Magazine, October 2010
2010 “Artist’s Choice,” “Plein Air Rockies”, Estes Park, CO, August 2010
2010 “Sedona Plein Air Festival”-Article featuring work and name mention, Cowboys and Indians Magazine (Art and Travel Section), July 2010
2010 “Award of Excellence,” “Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show,” Crested Butte, CO, July 2010
2010 “Artist’s Choice: BEST OF SHOW,” “Telluride Plein Air Invitational,” Telluride, CO, July 2010
2010 “BEST OF SHOW,” “STEMS Plein Air Festival,” Leawood, Kansas, June 2010
2010 “Artist’s Choice,” “Augusta Plein Air Event,” Augusta, Missouri, May 2010
2010 Featured Article, “Plein Air Feature,” Southwest Art Magazine, June 2010
2010 Featured Article, “Using Right Practices to Paint Better,” American Artist Magazine, May 2010
2010 Pictured plein air painting with mention in January 2010 “Workshop Magazine.”
2010 Pictured plein air painting with mention in January 2010 “Western Art Collector” Magazine.


2006 Gerald Merfeld Oil Painting Workshop, Westcliff, CO
2003-2004 Figure Painting in Oil, The California Art Institute, Thousand Oaks, CA.
1999 Dynamic Two Dimensional Animation, Summer Intensive Training, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.
1999 BA in fine art, Magna Cum Laude, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO.
1992-1995 Honorable Discharge, US Army. Stationed in Baumholder, Germany.
1992 Highlands Ranch High School, 3.1 GPA, Highlands Ranch, CO.






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