Carrying forward the tradition of painting from life ...
A BRIEF HISTORY
Founded in 1986 by artist Denise Burns on Catalina Island, CA, the Plein-Air Painters of America is a small group of artists who are dedicated to painting from life. For the first two decades, PAPA held an annual paint-out and exhibition in Avalon, on Catalina Island, California. The format of painting for a week, then holding an exhibition/sale was an innovation at the time. The PAPA format has since given birth to the myriad groups and paint-outs that now take place across the country.
In 2007, PAPA chose to hold their exhibitions in museums and to explore in their paintings the process of making field studies that are used for studio paintings. Additionally, PAPA exhibitions are also documented in catalogues. Visit our home page for upcoming PAPA exhibitions across the country.
PAPA members are considered the best teachers in the world and conduct workshops throughout the country and internationally. View upcoming workshops in our Workshops by Members. PAPA members have also collaborated with Streamline Premium Art Videos to create indispensible learning tools.To view PAPA videos please visit our DVD series page.
And don't forget to follow PAPA and member activities on a daily basis on the PAPA Facebook page.
2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gil Dellinger, President
John Cosby, Vice President
Don Demers, Vice President
Raleigh Kinney, Treasurer/Secretary
Jean Perry, Sergeant at Arms
Susan Hallsten McGarry, Administration
2013, The Color of Light, A Plein Air Experience, Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2013, Celebrating Summer, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI (catalogue)
2013-2009, American Legacy: Our National Parks, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA (catalogue). Traveling to: City of Lake Charles, LA. Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA. R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA. Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA. Washakie Museum & Cultural Center, Worland, WY. Dane Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, KS. Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, TX.
2012-2011, The Allure of Water, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA (catalogue)
2008, European Tradition, American Vision, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2007, From The Heart, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA (catalogue)
2005-2004, Annual Show & Sale, Caesars, Lake Tahoe, NV
2004, Plein Air Color & Light, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
2003, Plein Air from Coast to Coast, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
2003, Glories of the Sonoran Desert, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
2003, The Allure of Light, Steamboat Springs Arts Council, CO
2003-1986, Annual Show and Sale, Society for Advancement of Plein Air Painting, Avalon, CA
POLICY ON MEMBERSHIP
Signature Membership in the Plein-Air Painters of America recognizes superiority in the technique of painting on location and honors the individual artist's professional standing in the arts community. Applications for joining PAPA as a Signature Member or as a Guest Artist in PAPA exhibitions are made by invitation. Unsolicited submissions for Signature Membership or Guest Artist status are not being considered at this time.