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: $250
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd​ Place: $50
  • Quick Draw at the Moscow Farmers Market​: $50

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

Purchase Awards provided by:
City of Moscow


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

​​​Dana lives in Lewiston, Idaho. She works predominantly in the medium of painting (oils) but she also includes drawing and bookarts in her art repertoire. Dana completed an MFA cum laude at the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art and a BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC. Dana is the First Prize winner of the 2011 Palouse Plein Air and was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2012 Palouse Plein Air. Dana is a member of the Palouse Women Artists, The Valley Art Center (Clarkston) and The Creative Shop Artist Co-Op (Lewiston).

Facebook: ​​
Blog: http://danaaldis.blogspot.​com/ ​​​

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

Moscow Chamber of Commerce

411 South Main Moscow, ID 83843

October 28, 2014 - December 29, 2014

Whitman County Library

102 South Main Street Colfax, WA 99111

December 29, 2014 - March 3, 2015

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

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