AD Shaw Plein Air Cartoon
Plein Air Painters of Utah cartoon by AD Shaw

Mission Statement

The mission of the Plein Air Painters of Utah is to create, promote and educate the public regarding plein air painting. Also, we desire to strengthen the camaraderie and carry on the tradition of painting outdoors. We encourage creativity and the pursuit of excellence and will uphold the highest degree of professionalism and quality of paintings created by the members of this organization. Through our paintings we wish to cultivate the spontaneity and freshness demonstrated by those exceptional plein air painters of the past.


Member Criteria

Membership in the Plein-Air Painters of Utah recognizes superiority in the technique of painting on location and honors the individual artist's professional standing in the arts community. Applications for joining PAPU are made by invitation. Unsolicited submissions for membership are not being considered at this time.

1. Candidates must be active plein air painters

2. Candidates for membership must be professional artists represented and selling paintings through recognized galleries (this would exclude those artists participating in shows and art festivals only).

3. Candidate must be nominated by an existing member of the Plein Air Painters of Utah.

4. Core (voting) members meet every other month (the even months: Feb, April, June etc.) to review and vote on new candidates. Voting is done in a private manner so that not even the other core members know how each other voted.

5. Candidates will be notified within two weeks of the foundation members meeting.

Membership is limited in number.

AD Shaw Plein Air Cartoon
Plein Air Painters of Utah cartoon by AD Shaw

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