For Immediate Release
Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540
(888) 942-3742
30 Artists to participate in Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition
2020 Plein Air Painting Competition Judge Kenn Backhaus
NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Shadows-on-the-Teche received almost 60 applicants from 18 states and Canada for the 2020 Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition, now in its sixth year.

Applications were submitted from across the United States, from California to Maryland and Wisconsin to Florida. We are pleased to announce that 30 artists have been selected from the talented pool of applicants for this year’s competition scheduled for March 14-21, 2020.

In alphabetical order, the artists are Donna Bland, Krystal Brown, Nanci Charpentier, Susan Clark, Marty Coulter, Claude Ellender, Spencer Epps, Kim Hall, Ray Hassard, Shawn Dell Joyce, Dawn Koetting, Fran Mangino, Deborah McAllister, Sydney McGraw, Spencer Meagher, Steve Mercer, Mary Monk, Tim Oliver, Robin Popp, Craig Reynolds, Allana Ruby, Phil Sandusky, Laura Saxon, Glinda Schafer, Mary O. Smith, Richard Sneary, R. Gregory Summers, Peg Usner, Chris Willey, and Jeff Williams.

All 30 artists will be coming to New Iberia to the Shadows Visitor Center on March 14 to have their blank canvases marked with the official Shadows Plein Air dated stamp before heading out into town and the surrounding six parishes to paint. Artists can paint as many pictures as they wish from Sat., March 14, to Thurs., March 19 when they will submit their two best paintings to be judged by Pennsylvania based plein air artist and instructor Kenn Backhaus.

Artists’ work painted throughout the week will be exhibited and available for sale at the Shadows Visitor Center. Competition winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Fri., March 20. The ceremony, reception, and fine arts sale are free to attend. Other festivities planned during competition week are an art talk, two painting demonstrations, paint out, and quick draw competition.

On Tues., March 17, Backhaus will lead a painting demonstration at the Paul and Lulu Hillard University Art Museum in Lafayette. Backhaus will provide a free public program on painting en plein air at the Shadows Visitor Center on Wed., March 18, at 7 p.m. In the afternoon on Thurs., March 19, Backhaus will lead a painting demonstration in the Shadows Gardens.

On Fri., March 20, all interested artists are invited to participate in a Paint Out in the Shadows Gardens and downtown New Iberia from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.. We encourage artists of all ages to come take part in this free activity. Works produced at the Paint Out will be judged, awarded ribbons, and put on display at the Shadows Visitor Center.

The competition will culminate with a Quick Draw Competition the morning of Sat., March 21. Competitors will have two hours to complete a painting in downtown New Iberia. Works will be judged, awarded ribbons and prizes, and available for sale off the easel. Participation in the Quick Draw is open to all artists for a fee of $10.

The phrase plein air describes art created in the open air, a process much different than producing canvases in the studio. Artists must deal with shifting angles and tones of light as well as adverse weather conditions. Visitors are invited to travel around the seven-parish area and watch artists paint en plein air.

About the Shadows-on-the-Teche:
The Shadows-on-the-Teche, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, opened to the public in 1961 with the mission to preserve the buildings, landscape, collections, and historical integrity of the site; to research and interpret through education programs a 19th century southern Louisiana plantation economy and community and their evolution; and to encourage an appreciation of and interest in historic preservation. The National Trust, which owns and operates the Shadows, is a private, non-profit organization. The Shadows does not receive funding from federal, state, parish, or city government. The site supports itself through admissions, special programs and events, and donations to the Friends of the Shadows. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact the Shadows at (337) 369-6446 or Any funds raised from this event provide funding for art education.

The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center in New Iberia, Louisiana.
For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit