About Paint Grand Traverse

Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long plein air painting festival and competition, featuring artists from across the country. Presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center, the inaugural Paint Grand Traverse took place in August 2018. Forty-four artists competed in masters division for $12,000 in cash and prizes. A total of 100 artists competed in a Quick Draw Competition, and the next generation of plein air artists enjoyed a "Pint-Sized" Paint Out.

Paint Grand Traverse 2019 will be held August 12-17. Artists may apply October 15 - November 9, 2018.

WHAT IS PLEIN AIR PAINTING?

From the French en plein air, or "in open air", plein air artists work outside, in natural lighting conditions, capturing the ephemeral atmospheric and lighting conditions.

THE LOCATION

The Grand Traverse region is located in northwest lower Michigan, and is known the world over for its gorgeous scenery, hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan coast, and historic small towns and villages. The largest of these, Traverse City, is nestled on the southern shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, and is home to Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City.

WHO ARE THE ARTISTS?

In 2018, 44 artists from across the country participated by invitation and application. Meet the 2018 artists. We are welcoming applications for 2019 from October 15-November 9, 2018. Learn how to apply.

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