Palouse Plein Air

What is Plein Air?​

French for "in the open air" used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Plein Air competitions are all about painting outdoors in a specific area or region and then having those paintings exhibited in an art gallery.

Palouse Plein Air 2014

Historic Moscow, Idaho and the beautiful Palouse are the perfect destination for plein air artists, which is why they are the back drop for Palouse Plein Air 2014.

An area with a long history of farming, mining, logging, with fields, rivers, mountains​ and historic homes... a plein air paradise!

Competition Dates:
September 10, 2014 - September 19, 2014

Artists Reception / Awards Ceremony:
September 19, 2014

Palouse Plein Air 2014 Awards

  • 1st Place: TBA
  • 2nd Place: TBA
  • University Student Award: TBA

Special Awards:
Artists' Choice, People's Choice, Best Historical, Best Downtown, Best Palouse, and Honorable Mention(s).

Purchase Awards provided by:
City of Moscow

Quick Draw Award provided by:
TBA - the winning entry may be offered for sale at the Market until 1:00 p.m.

Artist Information

Palouse Plien Air 2014 is an 8 day painting competition for artists 18 years-of-age or older.


$20 entrance fee includes:

  • Registration in the competition
  • Invitation to the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony on September 19
  • Quick Draw at the Moscow Farmers Market
All painting mediums are invited to participate. There is no limit on the number of painting surfaces participants can register for the event.

Gallery Exhibit and Judging

On September 19 from 8:00 a.m. to noon participants are to deliver a maximum of 3 finished entries framed and ready to hang to the Third Street Gallery. The Gallery is located in Moscow City Hall (206 E. Third). The judging will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Palouse Plein Air 2014 Juror: Dana Aldis.

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony

On September 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. an artist reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Third Street Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Third Street Gallery Exhibit

September 19, 2014 - October 17, 2014

Traveling Show - Winners / Special Awards


​For complete details please review the Palouse Plein Air 2014 Rules and Regulations.

Palouse Plein Air 2013 Winners


Contact Us

We are located at:

Moscow City Hall
206 E. Third Street
P.O. Box 9203
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Voice: 208.883.7036