Schedule of Events

September 23rd-26th, 2020

Venue:  Harley Davidson Building, 261 Main St. | Downtown, Hill City

If you love the beauty of the Black Hills, you won’t want to miss a chance to take home one-of-a-kind artwork painted on-site in the Black Hills! Watch artists painting live in action at various locations! View all of the work painted by the artists each day at our plein air headquarters in the Harley Davidson Building in the heart of downtown Hill City!

Wednesday, September 23:

Group Painting
Artists will meet at a TBD location, to paint an iconic Black Hills landscape throughout the day.  See the artists set up and painting live!

Nocturne painting Keep your eyes open for Black Hills Plein Air artists painting at night! After dusk, the artists will be out painting the beautiful night scenes the Black Hills has to offer.

Thursday, September 24:

Artists will paint around the Hills and Custer State Park area. Group painting location to be announced!

View the paintings created from the day before at the Harley Davidson Building Plein Air Headquarters (261 Main St.)

Gallery Walk. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., downtown Hill City will host a gallery walk by Hill City’s galleries, showing original artwork by regional artists. Stay tuned for list of participating galleries!

Nocturne Painting. During the gallery walk and continuing into the night, artists will be challenged to paint night scenes of downtown Hill City.

Gallery Talk. At 7:00 p.m., Learn about about plein air and nocturne painting during this presentation at the Harley Davidson Building Plein Air Headquarters (261 Main St.) Hill City, SD  57745

Friday, September 25:

Artists will paint around the Hills and Custer State Park area.

View the paintings created from the first 2 days at the Harley Davidson Building Plein Air Headquarters (261 Main St.) from 8 am.-3p.m.

The venue will be closed to artists and the public for jurying from 3 to 6:30pm.

Private Sponsor Reception from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm, invitation only.

Artists’ Reception (free and open to the public) Between 6:30-8:30p.m., meet the artists at the Harley Davidson Building Plein Air Headquarters (261 Main St.)  and see all of the artwork painted on-site in the Black Hills from the past 3 days! This is your chance to vote for your favorite scene of the Black Hills! Votes will be collected and tallied at 7:15 pm during the reception to decide the People’s Choice award.

Awards At 7:30 p.m. artist awards will be announced, including Best of Show, People’s Choice, Honorable Mention and Best Nocturne.

Saturday, September 26:

View all of the paintings created during the entire event at the Harley Davidson Building Plein Air Headquarters (261 Main St.)  8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Today is your last chance to take home your favorite!

Quick Draw and Auction. Between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. in downtown Hill City, artists have only two hours to capture a scene and create a finished painting. One artist will be awarded the prize for the the Best Quick Draw. The artworks created during this event will be auctioned off immediately afterward on Main Street downtown, with 30% of proceeds going to a local charity.

Hosted by: Artists of the Black Hills and Hill City Arts Council with support from the SouthDakota ArtsCouncil.


Contact us to become a 2020 Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out Sponsor!

Sandy at 605-390-2927 or sandranewman@live.com

If you are interested in being a participating artist, follow the instructions below!

ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:  Download the Prospectus and REGISTRATION FORM above for the 2020 BLACK HILLS PLEIN AIR PAINT-OUT

Print and complete the form.

Mail it plus your fee of $100 to:

Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out
PO Box 272
Hill City, SD 57745

Make your check out to: “Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out”

For information regarding host family lodging options, contact Sandy at 605-390-2927 or sandranewman@live.com

For any additional information or questions please contact:
Tim at 605-645-7196 or tim@timpetersonstudio.com
Sandy at 605-390-2927 or sandranewman@live.com

The Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out is organized by the Artists of the Black Hills and the Hill City Arts Council.

Artists of the Black Hills is an area organization of professional artists, artisans, and galleries with a common goal of establishing
the Black Hills region as a prime source for art of the highest quality. ABH works with regional arts organizations and
commercial entities to foster greater growth and appreciation of the Black Hills as an art center.

Hill City Arts Council envisions the community of Hill City as a community embracing the arts. Its mission is to nurture and
support the arts and humanities as well as helping to boost the creative economy by offering arts and music events to show
their motto is “Small Town, Big Art.”

Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out Photo Gallery