Welcome to Paint Grand Traverse!

Paint Grand Traverse is an annual plein air painting festival and competition, presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center and located in Traverse City, Michigan. We're looking forward to connecting talented plein air painters, art fans, and collectors in August 2021!

Originating in 2017, Paint Grand Traverse has traditionally been an eight-day event featuring top artists from across the country. Event highlights include the Quick Paint Competition, Pint-Sized Paint Out for Kids, live painting demonstrations and workshop, and the Collectors Gala & Benefit. In August 2020, we presented Paint Grand Traverse: Virtually Beautiful, a hybrid in-person and online event, adapted for the COVID-19 pandemic.

PGT 2021 Dates

We are pleased to announce that planning for PGT 2021 is underway! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and changing public health situation, we have a "Plan A" (similar to the 2018 and 2019 events) and a "Plan B" (similar to the 2020 event). We will announce a plan on June 1, based on guidance from state and local health departments. The application for artists is now open!


Paint Grand Traverse dates