Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) is an organization of artists dedicated to preserving and promoting painting "en plein air" - in the open air or outdoors. 

In addition to advancing plein air painting in the tradition of New Mexico's renowned early and mid-20th century artists, PAPNM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together during monthly "paintouts" and hosts annual juried and open exhibitions of members' work.

PAPNM is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.


New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," offers stunning painting opportunities throughout the state - endless skies, majestic mountains, mesas, buttes, arroyos, adobe houses and walls nestled in groves of aspen, cottonwood, juniper and piƱon.

PAPNM members can view the monthly Paintout Calendar and register for Paintouts. They are also eligible to enter contests, workshops and exhibitions. 

Not a member! Click Join Us so you can be eligible.


As an active PAPNM member may use the Members Only section to keep up with announcements, meetings, discussions, quarterly newsletters and other benefits to you. Also you can create a personalized profile, which includes a place to link your website and a "photo album" to upload images of your artwork!  PAPNM's website security feature creates separate personalized public and personal views of your profile. Your public profile is viewable by anyone who visits the site.  Your personal profile is only viewable by PAPNM Members of the various artist levels. 

Artist Levels: 

To belong to the organization you must first apply for artist or patron membership on the Join Us page. Then you may apply for signature  memberships by submitting the appropriate paperwork as indicated here:

  • Signature Memberships: View the Signature Membership Qualification Requirements To apply for Signature Membership  submit the paperwork to the current membership chairman to verify that you meet the qualifications for signature membership.  You will be contacted after the Board has reviewed your submission
  • Master Signature MembershipsWe are not accepting applications for Master Signature Member at this time. Master Signature Member Requirements are currently being reviewed by the board.


The public has access to several pages on the PAPNM website (with the exception of the Members Only page). Select any link below or corresponding menu item to get more information. You may also view the website site map.

 A few highlights are:

Home page.

Members have access to resource documents, sponsor discount information and Announcements for members only (non-PAPNM events of interest to the members).  The special membership category of Patrons is also included here.

Directory of PAPNM members with website information for each artist and selected paintings by the artist.

Page under Members Only. Postings of news about the PAPNM members, including magazine articles, non-PAPNM exhibition awards, elections to signature and master signature status as well as classes and workshops given by PAPNM members. The most recent news items are posted on the Home Page for the Public.

Page with sub-pages of different activity types: SFPAF, Member Shows, Paintouts and Other.

Information about the Online Contests held periodically. The page also includes Albums of all the Contest Entries with the best Contest entry.


This page with information on PAPNM activities and the website. 

Steps to take to join the PAPNM as an artist member or patron. Artist members are eligible for election to signature and master signature status - by application to the board. Requirements are provided to artist members.

Page with Board members and chairs with their email addresses.

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