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 2013

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 2013.

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

Competition Dates:
September 13, 2013 - September 20, 2013

Artists Reception / Awards Ceremony:
September 20, 2013

Palouse Plein Air 2013 Awards

  • 1st Place: $250
  • 2nd Place: Gamblin Artists Colors Gift Set
  • University Student Award: Supplies from the VandalStore

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:
$20 in Market Money - the winning entry may be offered for sale at the Market until 1:00 p.m.

Artist Information

Palouse Plien Air 2013 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 20
  • 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 20, 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 2013 Juror: Roger Rowley, UI Art & Design Professor and Director of the Prichard Art Gallery.

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony

On September 20 from 5:00 p.m. 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 20, 2013 - October 25, 2013

Traveling Show - Winners / Special Awards

Grtiman Medical Center
November 4, 2013 - December 2, 2013

Moscow Chamber of Commerce
December 2, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Pullman Moscow Regional Airport
January 6, 2014 - February 18, 2014

Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library
February 18, 2014 - April 2, 2014

For complete details please review the Palouse Plein Air 2013 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