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The 6th Teaching Studios
Plein Air Competition
at Sagamore Hill


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The 6th Teaching Studios Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill 2019



Saturday and Sunday, Oct 5th and 6th


Last held in 2016, we are bringing it back with a few new wrinkles this year.

This spectacular event is open to all artists over 15 years of age who register online by September 25th. The Plein Air Competition is being held at Sagamore Hill Historic Preserve in Oyster Bay, NY - a setting with over 83 acres of beautiful landscape, as well as the last home of Teddy Roosevelt, a 23 room Victorian structure of frame and brick. The preserve is located on the beautiful Gold Coast of northern Long Island.

Registered Artists will compete for multiple prize packages from our sponsors as well as a $1000 grand prize awarded by the Teaching Studios.

The event will culminate in an exhibition of 10 artists selected by our juror at Teaching Studios new Project Space Gallery

This competition and exhibition will be open to public viewing and feature a live plein air painting demonstration from our juror, Ken Salaz. The exact time and location of his demonstration will be determined the morning of 10/6/19 and will be posted through our social media channels. So be sure to follow us on one of them by scrolling to the footer of this page and clicking on one of the links.

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Open to all plein air artists over 15 years of age. Registration is available online by September 25th, for $40.

Competitors will be given a number the day of the competition and have their panels and canvases stamped. At the end of the 2 days, registered artists will turn in one painting at our main location at 115 Audrey Ave. Our juror will then select 10 finalists for the exhibit.

He will also select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from those 10 finalists.

The juror will use one criteria in selecting work for the exhibition and for the prizes: the quality of work. 


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 Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct 6th, 7-9pm

Project Space Gallery

98 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay, NY.

The show will remain on exhibit till Oct 31.

An awards ceremony will be held at our main location at 115 Audrey, followed by an exhibition of the 10 best paintings of the competition, as selected by the Juror, Ken Salaz. The Awards Ceremony will also feature a book signing by Salaz, of his book Landscapes in Oil: A Contemporary Guide to Realistic Painting in the Classical Tradition (March 2019- Monacelli Press)




1st Prize:

$1000 award given to the best overall painting, as decided by

our juror.

The rest, TBD

2nd Prize: TBD

3rd Prize TBD


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Our Juror

About Ken Salaz

A brief bio:
Ken Salaz was born in 1970 in southern California and spent his youth living in numerous locations with his family including Mexico, the Southwest United States, and the Appalachian mountains. He spent several years traveling the world, through Asia, Central and South America, and Europe painting landscapes. He studied with Leonid Gervitz and Jacob Collins. His work and processes have been featured many times in notable magazines and publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur and his work was recently selected for the spring cover of PleinAir magazine. Mr. Salaz is seen by many as a new and unique voice emerging from a realistic tradition and yet is breaking new ground with his own modern interpretation of Poetic Realism.
He is the author of Landscapes in Oil: A Contemporary Guide to Realistic Painting in the Classical Tradition (March 2019- Monacelli Press) the first-ever comprehensive guide to classical landscape painting reinterpreted for the twenty-first century.

Scenes from previous years of the Competition
Calendar of Events

Aug 08 - Online applications accepted

Sept 25 - Deadline for applications

Oct 05 - Competition Commences

Oct 06 - Competition Ends at 3pm

Oct 06 - 7-9pm Exhibition of selected works

and prizes awarded.

Watch a video of our last Competition
To register for this event