Steamboat Art Museum

Plein Air 2024:

In Honor of Rod Hanna

September 20th – 27th, 2024

Paint the Yampa Valley fall splendor offering landmark ranches, alpine and river vistas, historic towns and exclusive painting sites. Three unique sales events: Kick-Off Quick Draw at the popular Farmers Market, Sunset Preview Reception, and Opening Reception and Awards.

Exhibit and sale in the Steamboat Art Museum through November 2, 2024. Limited to 50 artists. Non-juried with professional and open categories. Early registration and museum membership discounts available.  


SAM Plein Air Sponsorship

Your 2024 Plein Air Sponsorship gives SAM the opportunity to recognize your support throughout the year. Your generosity will be highlighted during Plein Air 2024 week, on event advertising, promotional materials, newsletters, website, social media, and signage at all Plein Air 2024 events according to your level of support. 8,000 guests visit Plein Air events, including “Quickdraw" at the Farmers Market (Sept 21), Sunset Reception (Sept 24), the Plein Air Opening (Sept 27), and exhibit September 30th – Nov 2, 2024!

We invite you to consider supporting SAM with a 2024 Plein Air Sponsorship at any level.

To view the full 2024 Plein Air Sponsorship Brochure, click the button below. 


Artists must choose to participate in the “Professional" or “Open" divisions.

These divisions help all artists keep pace with participants of similar skill levels, and help buyers discern price point disparities. 

SAM wants to recognize and award emerging artists as well as professional artists. 

* If you have previously won 1st Place in the Open Division, you must enter the Professional Division if you participate the next year.

Choose the “Professional” Division if:

· Generate a portion of your income from the sale of your paintings.

· You are represented by an established gallery and/or have collectors.

· You are regularly engaged in the creation and selling of your paintings, or teaching art.

· Your contemporaries would classify you as a professional-level artist.

Choose the “Open” Division if:

· You have never earned a substantial part of your living in teaching or sale of your paintings.

· You are not represented by a gallery or have collectors.

· You consider yourself a learning or emerging artist.

· Painting is a passion, but you also want to share and sell your work.

· You want your paintings to be evaluated alongside the paintings of artists at a similar skill level.

Plein Air 2024 Registration Pricing: 

Registration fees for our 2024 Plein Air Event increase the closer we get to the event and are based on your SAM membership status, so be sure to register sooner rather than later and become a SAM member today if you're not already!

Jan. 15 – Jun. 30, 2024: SAM Members: $100 | SAM non-members: $125

Jul. 1 – Sept. 1, 2024: SAM Members: $120 | SAM non-members: $150

After Sept. 1, 2024: $175 for all artists

We have reached our max capacity for our 2024 Plein Air Event.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist in the event of a cancelation, please complete the form below, or call Dottie Zabel at 970 870 1755, ext 102. 

(Saturday, September 21st, 2024)
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