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 2016

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 2016.

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

Competition Dates:
September 19, 2016 - September 28, 2016

Reception / Awards Ceremony:
September 30, 2016

Gallery Exhibit:
September 30, 2016 to October 8, 2016

Palouse Plein Air 2016 Prizes

  • 1st Place: $100
  • 2nd Place: $75
  • 3rd​ Place: $50

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

Purchase Awards provided by:
City of Moscow



Palouse Plien Air 2016 is a multi-day painting competition for artists 18 years-of-age or older.


Entrance fee includes:

  • Registration in the competition
  • Invitation to the Reception / Awards Ceremony on September 30, 2016
All painting mediums are invited to participate. There is no limit on the number of painting surfaces participants can register for the event.

Judging & Exhibition at the Prichard Art Gallery

On September 28, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to noon participants are to deliver a maximum of 3 finished entries framed and ready to hang to the Prichard Art Gallery. The Gallery is located at 414 South Main Street. The judging will be by the participatns and will take place from TBA.

Reception and Awards Ceremony

On September 30, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. an artist reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Prichard Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Exhibit

September 30, 2016 to October 8, 2016 

​​For complete details please review the Palouse Plein Air ​​2016 Rules and Regulat​​ions​.

Palouse Plein Air 2016 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