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.

Documents (coming soon... application, release, rules & regulations)

Palouse Plein Air 2018

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. 

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

Competition Dates:

Saturday, September 15, 2018 through Friday, September 21, 2018

Reception / Awards Ceremony:

Friday, September 21, 2018 (see below for details)

Palouse Plein Air 2018 Special Awards

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

Additional Special Awards:

  • Best Palouse
  • Best Downtown
  • Honorable Mention(s)

Purchase Awards provided by:

  • University of Idaho


Palouse Plein Air 2018 is a multi-day painting competition for artists 18 years-of-age or older.


Entrance fee includes:

  • Registration in the competiton
  • Invitation to the Reception / Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 21, 2018

All painting mediums are invited to participate. There is no limit to the number of painting surfaces participants can register for the event. 

Judging & Exhibit at the Prichard Art Gallery

On Friday, September 21, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. 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: Za Vue, Award Winning Artist. 

Reception and Awards Ceremony

On Friday, September 21, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. an artist reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Prichard Art Gallery (in the Children's Education Studio). The event is free and open to the public. 

Gallery Exhibit

Friday, September 21, 2018 (starting at 5:00 p.m.) through Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Prichard Art Galley in the Children's Education Studio. 

The Prichard Art Gallery's regular hours are:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For complete details please review the Rules and Regulations

2018 Winners and Special Awards