Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air 2021 Events & Exhibit

Plein Air Event: September 17 – 24, 2021
Exhibit on display and for sale at SAM Sept. 26-Nov. 6, 2021

Featured Artist and Judge, Jane Hunt

SAM’s Plein Air Event brings the community and visitors together with artists from near and far as they paint on location.  Showcasing the beauty of the Yampa Valley, the paintings that are created during this extraordinary week spotlight historic landmarks, ranches, the community of Steamboat Springs and our growing arts and cultural offerings.  – This event is uniquely Steamboat!

  • Experience the friendly atmosphere of Steamboat with easy access to historical ranches, wild rivers, and the breathtaking landscape and community.  Painting inspiration from fabulous scenery abounds!
  • It’s for the first-time and the seasoned art buyers. Build your collection with paintings reflecting our unique community, at affordable price points. Featuring works by local favorites and visiting artists, from professional to emerging artists.  Artists at any stage of their careers can participate.
  • Meet the artists throughout the week, get familiar with their individual painting styles and what inspires them.  Make some new friends!
  • Get to know Jane Hunt,( renowned and highly awarded Colorado painter and SAM’s 2021 Plein Air judge.  A selection of Jane’s paintings will be featured at SAM for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Register early with Early-Bird pricing – Space limited to 45 artists

3 On-the-Spot Sales Events

  • Kick-Off Quick Draw at Farmers Market
  • Sunset Reception with the Artists
  • Opening Reception with the Artists

NEW THIS YEAR!  Artists will declare “Professional" or “Open" classification with cash prizes and awards for each!

Saturday, Sept 18, Quick Draw at the Farmers Market
10:00 – 12:00 Artists complete a painting
12:30 – 2:00 Painting sales on Yampa St. from 7th – 8th Streets

Friday, Sept 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Opening Reception and Sale at SAM

Richie Vios “At the Ranch" – 2020 First Place Award 

Thank You to our 2020 Exhibit Sponsors

City of Steamboat Springs
David Berolzheimer Foundation
John and MaryAnn Duffey
Guy and Jennifer Loughridge
Joel and Karen Piassick


Tim and Janet Borden
Colorado Creative Industries
Stephen and Joanne Downes
John and Elizabeth Fawcett
Linda Jensen Hamlet
Bruce and Jane Hannon
Frans and Jacqui Hijkoop
Jim and Susan Larson
Verne and Nancy Lundquist
Tamara Miller
Tony and Emily Seaver​
Steamboat Magazine
Denny and Joy Swanson
Wildhorse Gallery​