March 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Key West Library
700 Fleming St
Key West, FL 33040
Cori Convertito
305-295-6616 ext 112
Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest @ Key West Library | Key West | Florida | United States

Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest
March 16, 2019

On Saturday, March 16, artists of all levels are invited to participate in a plein air painting contest that celebrates the legacy of Key West’s Tennessee Williams. This year, the subject is the Key West Library, 300 Fleming Street. The painting subject was chosen because Williams assisted financially to the construction of its auditorium, and gave readings in the space.

Slightly different from previous years, artists will collect their canvas/watercolor paper at the Key West Library Palm Garden beginning at 9:30 a.m. and must return their artwork by 4 p.m. The canvas or paper will be provided upon arrival to the Garden. Any medium will be accepted and artists must supply their own painting materials and easels.

Pre-registration and payment of a $20 fee must be completed by March 15. It is possible to register on the day at the Key West Library, but it needs to be done in person. Artists must determine whether they would prefer to register as a ‘Professional’ or ‘Recreational’ artist.  Submission is limited to one piece per person.


Four qualified arts community leaders will serve as judges, and will judge blindly in each category. The first place winner in each category will be awarded $200, and second place winner $100. Winners will be announced and honored at the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration on March 27 at the Tennessee Williams Museum.  Artists retain ownership of their work, and will be able to offer them for sale at the March 27 Reception.

SPECIAL NOTE: Pieces will also be displayed, at artist’s discretion, at the Key West Library following the March 27 Birthday Celebration.