Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) is a professional association of artists and sponsors dedicated to preserving and promoting painting "en plein air" - in the open air or outdoors.
We invite artists and patrons everywhere to join us in celebrating the beauty and magic of New Mexico. PAPNM artist members enjoy regular opportunities to showcase their work, network with peers and compete for prizes and recognition. In addition to exhibitions and contests, monthly paint outs bring artists together, appropriately social distanced, to capture the beauty of our Land of Enchantment.
PAPNM is a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation.
New Mexico enjoys a long and rich history of renowned painters and art culture. From the legendary Taos Society of Artists to Georgia O’Keefe and Mabel Dodge Luhan, PAPNM continues the tradition of fostering artistic excellence. We invite you to join those who appreciate and share the unmatched beauty of our state — endless skies, majestic mountains, mesas, buttes, arroyos, adobe houses and walls nestled in groves of aspen, cottonwood, juniper, and piñon.
PAPNM offers a wide variety of opportunities for its artist members:
If you are interested in becoming a PAPNM sponsor, detailed information can be found on the Sponsors page.