Lander resident takes home Plein Air in the Parks People’s Choice Award

The third annual Plein Air in the Parks was held at Buffalo Bill State Park last week and concluded with an awards ceremony, reception, and art sale where this year’s award winners were announced. 

There are seven award recipients this year from across Wyoming and one from South Dakota. Lander’s very own Shawna Pickinpaugh received an award for her piece “Sheep Mountain Trailhead” (pictured below).

Award winners are as follows:


Youth (ages 12 and under):

1st place ($50) – Waylon Hansen (Spearfish, SD), “River Day”

Teen (students 13-18):

1st place ($50) – Hadlee Lennon (Powell, WY), “Untitled”

Main Awards:

  • 3rd place ($250): Brooke Malia Mann (Cody, WY), “Green Across the Reservoir”
  • 2nd place($500): Stephanie Rose (Powell, WY), “Water for the Desert”
  • Best in Show ($1,000): Paul Kethley (Powell, WY), “Shoshone River”
  • People’s Choice Award ($250): Shawna Pickinpaugh (Lander, WY), “Sheep Mountain Trailhead”
  • Judge’s Choice Certificate: David Kewitt (Cody, WY), “Just Passing Thru”

h/t Shawna Pickinpaugh – “Sheep Mountain Trailhead”

Artists could enter up to two pieces into the judged competition. Jurying was done anonymously. Jurors this year were Sue Simpson Gallager, owner of Simpson Gallagher Gallery in Cody, and Erin Johnson, artist and owner of Gestalt Studios at the Polar Plant in Powell. 

Plein Air in the Parks is a collaborative weekend event presented by Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Cody Country Art League. 


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