Plein Air Painters of America
Est. 1986 ~ The Original Society
of Outdoor Painters
To promote the tradition of painting the landscape directly from
while providing members and others the opportunities to expand
their knowledge through shared experience, extraordinary workshops,
and public exhibitions.
A Brief Statement
Members of PAPA believe that plein air is nothing
more than painting from life, utilizing direct observation to
gather information, along with responding visually and emotionally
to the subject at hand. For us, the final measure of a good painting
is not whether it was executed entirely outdoors but whether
it reflects the artist and withstands the test of time. John
Budicin, PAPA president, 2005-07
Founded in 1986 by artist Denise
Burns, on Catalina Island, California the Plein-Air Painters
began as a small group of artists dedicated to painting from
life. For the first two decades, PAPA held annual paint-outs
followed by an exhibition, in Avalon on Catalina. This format,
unique at the time, has given birth to countless similar groups
and events across the country.
In 2007, PAPA expanded its format
to include exhibitions in museums and art centers to emphasize
the importance of field studies in the process of making studio
paintings. Most of PAPA exhibitions are documented in catalogues.
PAPA members are seasoned outdoor
painters and consider some of the best teachers of the genre
today, conducting workshops throughout the country and internationally.
PAPA also collaborates with Streamline Premium Art Videos to
produce instructional videos that are indispensable learning
2017-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matt Smith, President
Jill Carver, Len Chmiel, Joseph McGurl, Dan Young, Vice Presidents
Ralph Oberg, Treasurer
Mark Rittorno, Secretary
in the Plein-Air Painters of America recognizes superiority in
the technique of painting on location, and honors the individual
artist's professional standing in the art community. There is
no application process for joining PAPA. The path to membership
starts by being invited to join PAPA members as a guest artist.
Guest artists are nominated by the members of PAPA, then asked
to join the group at the next paint out event. Artists who have
been invited and attended at least two events are then eligible
to be nominated for membership.
Unsolicited submissions for Signature Membership or Guest
are not being considered at this time.
Please contact one of our signature members if you are interested
in being considered for membership.