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Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest

22-February from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

On Saturday, February 22, artists 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 The Women of Tennessee Williams.

Slightly different from previous years, artists will have a choice of three venues related to Serafina, Williams’ strong female character from The Rose Tattoo, that was filmed on the island.  The three subjects are:

  • The Rose Tattoo House at 1421 Duncan Street
  • St. Paul’s Church at 401 Duval Street
  • Former Key West High School at 1300 White Street (new City Hall)

Artists will collect their stamped canvas/paper at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and must return their artwork by 4:00 p.m.  The canvas or paper will be provided upon arrival to the museum, but artists must supply their own painting materials and easels.  There will be an artist reception that evening from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Museum that is open to the public.

Artists must determine whether they would prefer to register as a ‘Professional’ or ‘Recreational’ artist.  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 26 at the Tennessee Williams Museum.  Artists retain ownership of their work, and will be able to offer them for sale at the reception.



Key West Art & Historical Society


Tennessee Williams Museum
513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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