Prospectus for By the Light of Day

For this art exhibition we invite artists to enter their Plein Air artwork; artwork done by the light of day.
All submission must be done in the Plein Air style of painting, creating the piece outdoors in the open air. 

Plein Air painting is, in its strictest sense, the practice of painting landscape pictures out-of-doors; more loosely, the achievement of an intense impression of the open air in a landscape painting. Since the 1800s painting en Plein Air has allowed artists to capture the emotional and sensory dimensions of a particular landscape at a particular moment in time. It expresses a spirit of spontaneity and truth to personal impulse within art. Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh was notably a fan of Plein Air painting, or the practice of painting in the great outdoors. Other impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated Plein Air painting, and much of their work was done outdoors in the diffuse light of a large white umbrella. Decisions have to be made quickly, therefore painting reactions are more intuitive. 

Deadline to enter art: Tuesday June 7, 2022
Jury dates: week of June 8 to June 12
Accepted/declined emails sent to artists: week of June 13 to 17
Drop off dates for accepted art: July 5 to 8
Opening Reception: July 15
Dates of show: July 12 to Aug 27

Jury panel: Lori Langsner and Bob Barish

Lori Langsner has had a rewarding career in arts education in the NYC Public Schools. After having received her BA in Art Education from Queens College, NY and a MS in Neurophysiological Learning Disabilities from Brooklyn College, she has continued her art studies at the Arts Students League in NY, the Princeton Arts Council and Mercer County Community College. She keeps her ties with the NYC Public Schools and is currently an Adjudicator for the Staten Island Borough Arts Festival. She is presently teaching “Art of Oil Painting” & “Plein Air: Capture the Moment” to adults at West Windsor Arts Council. Her prime focus is on “en plein air” paintings in oils. Her inspirations come from nature and her surroundings. The brilliant sunlight, gentle breezes, quiet sounds, and the fresh air all create a wonderful sense of inner peace. Most recently she has exhibited her paintings at Ficus Above Restaurant in Princeton, Princeton Arts Council, West Windsor Arts Council & Whole World Arts.To see her paintings you may visit her website http://www.lorilangsner.com

Bob Barish has always been interested in art, with his earliest recollections  watching and participating with the Jon Gnagy TV show, “Learn to  Draw”, in the mid 1950’s. That early interest has had a profound  influence on his life. Upon graduation from The University of The Arts,  Philadelphia, PA, and a corporate career as Art and Design Director in  the Pharmaceutical Industry, he remains a committed artist.  Bob is now a full time oil painter specializing in Plein Air scenes of the  Delaware Valley and the rich history of the area. Plein Air painting  offers him an immersion into the sights, sounds and feelings of the subject. HIs primary goal is to convey the immediacy of ‘being there’  with a glimpse of an instant image experiencing what he has seen and portraying in paint.  Bob is a board member of Artsbridge, the art association located in  Stockton, NJ, and has also served as Coordinator for the River Rats Plein Air Painting Group for the past 16 years, scheduling weekly paint outings at various locations in the Delaware Valley river towns and  surrounding countryside. Instagram: barishbob

Details and Art Specifications 

  • Submission Fees: $25 for members, $35 for all others
  • A maximum of 3 works may be submitted.
  • Art will be displayed at West Windsor Arts and online as determined by WWAC. 
  • There is no size limitation for art, however, size will be taken into consideration by the juror.
  • All artworks entered MUST include finished edges or be framed. Alternative presentations that are part of the artwork will be accepted however we must be able to hang or display the art. Typically all work must be wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Wire must be approximately 1/3 from top of frame. Saw-tooth hooks, ribbon, etc. will NOT be accepted. Cardboard or press board frames are not recommended.  All pieces should be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.

Application requirements – Please have the following ready when you apply:

  • Bio focusing on the highlights of your career.
  • Artist statement for each work entered.  This might include why you created this work, your process or something specific to this piece.
  • Location and approximate time of year for each artwork.



  • Open to artists over 18 years of age. 
  • Art must be created in the Plein Air method of working on location.
  • Art must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclée or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless the original is a photograph/print. Example: giclée of watercolor will not be accepted.
  • Art to be considered include paintings and drawings, using such medium as acrylic, oils, watercolor, pastel, and pencil.

Terms for accepted artwork

Entry of artwork and application for jury review constitutes an agreement between the artist and West Windsor Arts Council to the conditions set forth:

  1. Insurance coverage for accepted artwork begins upon completion of drop-off procedure on the designated date and time at the West Windsor Arts or Whole World Arts and for the duration of the show.
  2. The juror and West Windsor Arts reserves the right to reject any work submitted at their discretion. The exhibit will be hung in the gallery and foyer at WWA in a way that best showcases all the artists and art to be exhibited. Note: depending on size and space restrictions, not all work selected may be hung. Artists will be notified immediately following final installation of the exhibit if a selected work is not included or if any work submitted is not properly framed for hanging.
  3. Work not matching the digital images submitted will not be accepted.
  4. All artwork must remain in the show for the duration of the show.
  5. There will be set dates and times for drop off and pick up of accepted artwork. If you are shipping your art, prior arrangements must be made. Artwork must be sent with prepaid return postage and insurance coverage.
  6. Sale of Art
    1. West Windsor Arts will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of art.
    2. West Windsor Arts will retain 30% of the retail price as commission and pay the balance of 70% of sale. Artist Level Members receive a preferred split on gallery sales (75/25).
    3. Payment for sold work will be made by check within 21 business days of close of the exhibit.
  7. West Windsor Arts retains the right to use the artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork.

NEW for this open call. 
We are now using Cafe Call for Entry.  Artist can create their account for free (please click to be directed to Cafe Call for Entry).
For entry, click HERE to submit!