Showcase Your State: Massachusetts

In continuation of our plein air Showcase Your State contest, we are now accepting entries for the state of Massachusetts. Full contest rules are below, and the deadline for entries is April 31. Finalists for Showcase Your State: Massachusetts will be announced in May.

* Note: If you sent an entry for Massachusetts to in the last several months, there is no need to resend. All entries already received will be considered for Showcase Your State: Massachusetts.


American Artist is announcing a new contest for the Plein Air section of our website that will allow plein air painters from across the country to showcase their state and tell us a little bit about the landscape they call home.

Beginning in February, we will highlight one state per month, and we will be accepting plein air submissions from artists in that state at least a month prior to the judging period. The top paintings will then be featured in a Plein Air Blog article, along with your name, hometown, and a brief description of the location/landscape you painted and what it means to you. (See Showcase Your State: New Jersey finalists here.)

We are now accepting submissions for Massachusetts, so if you are a plein air painter from this state, submit your painting to now for consideration!


• You may submit no more than 2 plein air paintings per state for consideration.

• All work submitted must be done en plein air.

• Submissions should come from residents of the state for which you’re applying.

• Please include the following information with your submission: title, year, medium, and dimensions of the painting; your full name and hometown; a brief (no more than 200-word) description of the location of each painting and what that location means to you/how you approached it.  Pieces must have been painted within the last three years.

• We will accept e-mail submissions only, with the painting attached as a JPEG, at 72 DPI. Please title your digital file with the state you’re from and your last name, i.e.: Massachusetts_Smith.jpg.

• E-mail your submission for Massachusetts to by April 31. Please include your last name and the state for which you’re applying in the subject line of your e-mail, i.e.: Massachusetts_Smith.

Good luck!

Judging, and Rules & Regulations:

Children under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's written permission to submit their entries, requests for information, or photographs, and such permission must accompany the entries, personal information, or photographs, or they will not be considered.

Employees (and their immediate families and household members) of American Artist and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliated entities, and advertisers are not eligible to submit entries, personal information, or photographs.

American Artist has the right to edit and/or alter any submission. American Artist reserves the right not to use the material submitted and/or as little of that material as it chooses.

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About Allison Malafronte

Allison Malafronte is the senior editor of American Artist magazines, and the project editor of  Plein Air Painting and Workshop With the Masters magazines. She is also the creative manager of the Weekend With the Masters Workshop & Conference ( which was launched in 2009 and is now in its third year. She is author of the Art for Thought column in American Artist magazine (also on the Artist Daily site under The Artist's Life blog) and the 2008-2010 Plein Air blogs on Artist Daily.