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Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest

2-March from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest

Key West Museum of Art & History

March 2, 2024 | 8:00am-3:00pm

The Key West Art and Historical Society & Tennessee Williams Museum are hosting their annual Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest.  How much do you know about the iconic playwright, screenwriter, and longtime Key West resident Tennessee Williams?  Furthermore, how can you subsequently express it as a painter-on-location?  Download our prospectus for more information.

The event will be held on March 2, 2024, with a reception that same evening at the Key West Museum of Art & History.  Participants can enter under one of two categories: recreational or professional, each with their own 1st and 2nd place prize of $500 and $250 respectively.

Check-in will take place at the Key West Museum of Art & History on the morning of March 2, where you will have your paper or canvas stamped before taking to the streets to paint.  Completed artwork must be dropped off at the same location no later than 3:00pm.

The show will be professionally juried, and artists will have the opportunity to sell their finished artwork while retaining 100% of the sale price.

Register and pre-pay or register the morning of the contest at the museum.  Contact Sean Dwyer, Exhibits Manager, on (305) 295-6616 x508, with any questions.


  • Pier House Hotel, Restaurant and Beach where TW frequently dined with guests (1 Duval Street)
  • Tennessee Williams House (1431 Duncan Street)
  • Key West Library & Palm Garden where TW fundraised for new auditorium (700 Fleming Street)
  • San Carlos Institute which held the local premiere of The Rose Tattoo film (516 Duval Street)
  • Waterfront Playhouse which staged TW productions (407 Wall Street)
  • The Rose Tattoo House used during the filming (1421 Duncan Street)
  • Tennessee Williams Museum (513 Truman Avenue)
  • Simonton Beach/The Reach Gazebo where TW frequently took his daily swim (South end of Simonton Street)
  • Key West Art Center where TW purchased artwork (301 Front Street)
  • Rose Williams House where TW sister lived (915 Von Phister Street)
  • Red Barn Theater where TW assisted with productions (319 Duval Street)
  • The Bull & Whistle where TW enjoyed a drink (437 Caroline Street)
  • La Concha Hotel where TW stayed prior to moving to Key West (430 Duval Street)


March 2
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Key West Art & Historical Society


Key West Museum of Art & History
281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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