PGT event week: June 15 - 22, 2024

Extended Exhibition & Online Sales: June 25 - August 23

Application Open

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 this August!

Originating in 2018, Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long event featuring top artists from across the country. Event highlights include  live painting demonstrations and workshops, Kids Pint Sized Paint Out, and the Fresh Paint Party. The event features 32 talented artists from across the country.


What is plein air painting?

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

About 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?

PGT features artists from across the country, who come via invitation and a competitive application process.

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Artists: How to Participate

Paint Grand Traverse is a hybrid invitational and by application event. The deadline to apply to be a featured artist for our June 2024 event is November 30, 2023.  Apply Today

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