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 2017

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 2, 2017 - September 8 2017

Reception / Awards Ceremony:
September 8, 2017

Gallery Exhibit:
September 8, 2017

Palouse Plein Air 2017 Special Awards

  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd​ Place

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

Purchase Awards provided by:



Palouse Plien Air 2017 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 8, 2017
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 8, 2017 from 10:00 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 participants and will take place from TBA.

Reception and Awards Ceremony

On September 8, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 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 8, 2017

​​For complete details please review the Palouse Plein Air ​​201​7 Rules and Reg​ulat​​ions​.

Palouse Plein Air 2016 Winners​



  • Applicaiton
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Release and Hold Harmle​ss​​

Contact Us

We are located at:

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