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March 2012 News Releases

Participants sought for Art en Plein Aire event at Washburn University

Artists interested in detailing the scenes and colors of the Washburn University campus are invited to participate in the inaugural Art en Plein Aire on Saturday, April 21. The event is open to artists from high school age through adult.

Plein aire is a French expression which means "in the open air.” This type of competition challenges artists to focus their efforts on the varied elements, such as sights and sound and temperature and weather, and capture the landscape in drawings or paint.

Artworks will be featured in a special art auction and social event on Nov. 17 at the university. Proceeds from the auction will support a permanent commissioned art piece to recognize the Washburn sesquicentennial celebration. Artists may also submit one work created at the Plein Aire event for exhibition at the Mulvane Art Museum Sept. 7 through Nov. 17, 2012.

Registration is $25 per person, or $10 for students. The deadline for entries is April 1. For complete registration information, go to The rain date is April 28. This event is not recommended for children.

Art in Plein Aire is one of several special events scheduled in anticipation of Washburn University’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2015. For more information, call (785) 670-1125.

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Dena Anson, university relations, (785) 670-1711