• The Shadows is the first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South. The home and garden are as breathtaking as the history preserved here.

The deadline for this year's Plein Air Competition is passed. If you're considering applying next year, the information below will tell you more about the application process.


Open to all artists 18 years and older

Entry Process
The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air is a juried exhibition, with applications reviewed by a committee headed by the competition judge who will choose qualifying Plein Air artists on merit of the Jpeg images submitted for the competition.

Application Form 
All Artist’s Entries must:

  • be received no later than deadline for the competition
  • include 3 images submitted for jury process (online or via USB stick or CD)
  • include fully completed Application Form (2019 application will be posted at a later date)

Mailing Address:
Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition
320 East Main Street
New Iberia, LA 70560

Image Format
Three images are to be submitted, unframed. Plein Air paintings preferred.

Each image should be in JPEG (.jpg) format and sized to 1000 pixels at their largest dimension (height or width). Each Jpeg is not to exceed 1MG.

Identify each Jpeg as follows: Last name, First name, followed by the painting number (e.g., Painting #1, Painting #2, and Painting #3)

Acceptance and Fee:
Selected artists will be notified following judge’s approval process. Those accepted will be asked to submit a $40 processing fee and will be provided with more event details.

Cash Awards: $6,500+ in cash prizes will be awarded from the juried body of works in the exhibition.

Shadows-on-the-Teche is a Historic Site owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a 501c3 tax exempt organization. Profits raised from this event will be used to fund an annual Shadows Art Workshop to provide art education for adults and children and encourage an interest in and an appreciation for the visual arts.