encourages the experience of painting the city of Chicago – the Lake, the skyline, the neighborhoods, the grit and the grime, as well as the natural beauty. We paint on-site in the open air, on beautiful days and sometimes in extreme weather. We offer members opportunities to paint, critiques to improve their painting, educational events, exhibits to promote visibility and sales, and general camaraderie among painters.

Membership Benefits

Paint plein air with an encouraging group at all levels of experience. Attend demos and workshops to improve your skills. Participate in exhibits and sell your work. Membership benefits include camaraderie, encouragement and fun!

Events & Exhibits

PAPC hosts a variety of events and exhibits throughout the year. Members are invited to participate in competitions and exhibits at various locations throughout Chicago. Events include lectures, discussion groups and workshops.

Paint Outs

Paint Outs are offered on the first three Saturdays of each month, and the fourth week we offer a Friday night nocturne and a Sunday paint out. At least once a month a celebrated Guest Artist is on hand to demo and critique. Everyone is invited to paint. 

Member Directory

Learn about fellow artists and gain public exposure. As a member you are featured in a public directory on PAPC’s website. Showcase a photo of your work and link to your website and contact information to increase potential sales. (Coming Soon)

A BIG THANK YOU to our Guest Artists!

Become a Member

Join the Plein Air Painters Chicago today and receive all of the wonderful membership benefits.

Only $65 a year.
$35 for students with I.D. & current enrollment.