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2017 Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen
110 E. Hallam Street
Suite 118
Aspen, CO 81611

Entry Deadline: 4/7/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 15
Total Media - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 15

Open to all artists 18 years and older who live primarily (at least 50% of the time) within the state of Colorado. There is no fee to submit an applications and applications must be received by April 7, 2017. 

Entry Form and Fee
The 2017 Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen application will be available online from February 15, 2017 through April 7, 2017. There is no fee for submission; however event fees do apply to those invited (see Participation Details).  Requested application information includes submission of at least five artwork images that represent your experience as a Plein Air artist. An artist statement, bio, listing of past exhibits, festivals, and awards is also required.  

Image & Resume Format
Each artist must submit at least 10 images (and up to 15) of their Plein Air artwork in JPEG format per the specifications outlined on Call for Entry’s Media Guidelines.  For a tutorial on preparing your artwork images, please visit this site:

Submitted artwork images must be representative of the type, style, and medium of artwork the artist plans to create during the festival itself. Additionally, applicants may only submit images of artwork that has been created entirely of their own skill with no assistance or instruction (ex: images from artwork completed in a class or workshop are unacceptable).

If you have issues with your media preparation or online application, please contact The Red Brick at 970-429-2777.

Selection Process
Participation in The 2017 Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen is through a juried process consisting of a panel of two jurors: Dan Young and Jared Goulet. The panel will review all submitted applications and select 8 to 12 artists who are based in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley and an additional 8 -12 artists who are from the state of Colorado, outside the Roaring Fork Valley who will be invited to participate. Total participation is targeted at 19 artists. Invitations to selected artists will be sent to each applicant via email no later than April 30, 2017.  Artists must confirm participation via email by May 15, 2017. Participation agreement forms will be mailed to those who have been invited following their acceptance of the invitation.


Dan Young, Plein Air Artist

Dan Young was born in Denver and grew up in rural western Colorado. His experiences camping, fishing, and exploring throughout the Rocky Mountains as a child have been a strong influence in his work. He attended Colorado Institute of Art, hoping to find a direction for his talent. After graduation he moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue a career in illustration. Despite a successful commercial art career, the landscape of his youth continued calling him back to Colorado. He returned in 1989 to begin painting full time.

Young enjoys painting the rural life of the west, the ranches that dot the mountain valleys and river bottoms. He clings strongly to the importance of painting from life. He tries to spend as much time as possible painting on location, trying to capture his love and appreciation of nature on canvas. He has worked diligently trying to convey the feel of the moment in his paintings. “For me it is not about the details of a scene. It’s the emotion of the moment that I’m after”, states Young.

Young’s work has been exhibited in many prestigious shows such as:

Arts in the Embassies, American Embassy, Brussels Belgium
Arts in the Embassies, American Embassy, Athens Greece
Maynard Dixon Country, Mount Carmel, Utah
American Master’s at SCNY, Salmagundi Art Club, New York New York,
Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Western Visions Miniatures and More, National Museum of Wildlife, Jackson Wyoming
Coors Western Art Exhibit, National Western Stock Show, Denver Colorado
Artist for Colorado’s Youth, Colorado History Museum, Denver Colorado
Biennial Invitational, Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum, Bighorn Wyoming
American Art in Miniature, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Oklahoma

Young’s work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Aspen Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, 5280 Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine

Young is represented by:

Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt Colorado
Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody Wyoming
Legacy Galleries, Scottsdale Arizona & Jackson Wyoming
Paderewski Fine Art, Beaver Creek Colorado
Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen Colorado
Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Colorado

Jared Goulet, Owner and Curator of 1949 Gallery, Aspen

Gallery 1949 was founded in 2014 and represents an interational group of established and emerging artists. It has quickly become one of Aspen's most prestigious galleries. While the Gallery 1949 displays primarily contemporary art, street art, and scultpure, gallerist and owner Jared Goulet's roots are firmly planted in traditional and plein air art. 

Growing up in Florida, Jared's dad was - and continues to practice as - a regionally well known Plein Air painter. Jared has always enjoyed watching his dad paint the  beautiful beach scened of Florida, persisting through blowing winds, sand in the paint and the other obstacles that come with open air art creation. Jared's deep respect for the art of plein air along with the critical eye that comes from owning and curating a successful high-end gallery are an excellent combination of skills as he pairs with Dan Young in our 2017 Plein Air Festival Jury. 

Participation Details
The 2017 Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen will take place August 6-13, 2017. Artists who accept their invitation to participate in the event agree to pay the following event fees:
            Roaring Fork Valley Artists (no housing provided): $325
            Colorado Artists (housing provided, see below): $650

Event fees cover marketing and promotion of the event with your name listed as a participant. The event will be marketed heavily in the Roaring Fork Valley and Aspen areas and within Colorado and the Southwest.  We are also marketing through Plein Air Magazine this year, online and in their annual Festival Guide. Due to the inclusion of an event fee, the percentage commission on sales will be lower than most festivals to reflect the upfront financial commitment (see Sales below).

Artists are asked to attend an Opening Reception on Thursday, August 10th at the Limelight Hotel where the exhibition and sale will be held. Artists are required to participate in a Quick Draw competition to be held in downtown Aspen on Friday, August 11th. Opportunities to paint at our local Saturday Farmer’s Market will also be presented but will not be required. A full calendar of events will be released at a later time.

Exhibition Details
All artwork must be completed in the Aspen area during the dates listed above. Artists are asked to paint at least six original works prior to the start of the sale. Artwork displayed must be presentation ready. Unframed canvases are permitted but must be at least 1-3/8 in depth with finished edges. Any work on paper, boards, etc must be appropriately framed. 

Artists are permitted to bring ONE pre-completed studio piece with them to the show. Studio pieces must be completely framed and cannot exceed 48" in any one dimension, including frame.

This event is a fundraiser for the Red Brick Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit who builds and strengthens community by creating an inspiring home for local organizations and the arts. We are Aspen’s community arts center and the hub for local artists and the arts. 

An exhibition and sale of the works created during The Festival will be hosted by the Red Brick at the Limelight Hotel in downtown Aspen. The sale will kick off on Thursday evening during the Opening Reception and will continue through Sunday at 3pm. Artists will be asked to be present at the sale during schedule periods of time but will not be required to be present for the entire time.  The exhibition and sale will be manned by Red Brick staff and volunteers.

An opening reception will be held at Limelight Hotel on Thursday evening to promote the beginning of the sale.  The audience and artist favorite votes (cash prize awards, see below) will take place at this opening and will be based on the entire body of work displayed.

The Red Brick will retain 25% of all revenue generated at the opening and throughout the weekend sale. Artists are permitted to take commissioned works but these requests are subject to the same commissioned rate.  The Red Brick will take payments for all sales and remit artists’ earnings shortly after the exhibition closes. Payment for The Red Brick’s 25% portion of any commissioned pieces must also be made at the time the commission is requested by the buyer. 

Lodging and Transportation
Host lodging is available to each participating artist and spouse at no charge for seven nights beginning August 6, 2017 and departing August 13, 2017. To be eligible for host housing, artists must pay the non-Roaring Fork Valley artist event fee of $650.  If a Roaring Fork Valley artist would like to have housing provided in Aspen, they may upgrade their entry fee.  Artists who pay the “local artist” rate of $325 will be responsible for their own housing.  August is the height of the summer in Aspen and has typically been the highest retail sales month of the year for the last several years. Housing is at a premium at this time as well, and will typically cost $200-$500 per night. We will provide this at no cost for participating artists as outlined above. 

Artists will be housed with host families or with a local lodging establishment. We cannot guarantee which type of property (private home or lodge/hotel) you will be set-up with, as it depends on availability from our partners and host families.  Artists are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Aspen, Colorado.

Cash Awards
Artist Choice Award ($1200)
Quick-Draw Competition Award ($600)
Audience Choice Award  ($800)

Artist Choice, Audience Award, Quick Draw winners and Top Sellers (both in dollars and number of pieces) are also invited to participate in the 2018 festival and bypass jury selection.

April 7, 2017: Online Application Deadline
April 30, 2017: Artist Invitations are sent via email
May 15, 2017: Artist Acceptance and Participation Fee Deadline
August 6, 2017: Artists arrive in Aspen
August 10, 2017: Opening Reception, Sale, Artist and Audience Choice
August 11, 2017: Exhibition and Sale, Quick Draw Competition
August 12, 2017: Exhibition and Sale, Saturday Farmer’s Market Promotion
August 13, 2017: Exhibition and Sale  

Please note that the dates are confirmed but detailed schedule is subject to change.