Palouse Plein Air

Palouse Plein Air is an annual painting competition that takes place every September, with events including painting workshops and a juried exhibition at Moscow’s Prichard Art Gallery.

Historic Moscow, Idaho and the beautiful Palouse are the perfect destination for plein air artists, and the annual Palouse Plein Air painting event connects artists with the region’s landscape and arts culture. French for “open air,” the phrase “plein air” (pronounced plen-air) describes the act of painting outdoors. The outdoor experience on the Palouse is particularly rich, as its rolling hills, rivers, mountains, fields, farms, and homes tell the long history of the landscape.

Guided by the vision of the Moscow Arts Commission and University of Idaho art professor Aaron Cordell Johnson, Palouse Plein Air began in 2010, and the event continues to grow. A collaboration of community partners makes this growth possible; the City of Moscow, the Prichard Art Gallery, the LCSC Center for Arts & History, and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture work together to make a great event for artists and art lovers alike.

Promotional image for Palouse Plein Air 2019

Palouse Plein Air 2019

Palouse Plein Air 2019 is a painting competition open to all artists 18 years of age or older. All painting media are eligible for competition, including gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and oil. There is no limit on the number of painting surfaces participants can register, though participants may only enter a maximum of 3 finished works for exhibition.

Competition Dates:

Saturday, September 14, 2019 through Friday, September 20, 2019


Saturday, September 20, 2019 through Sunday, October 6, 2019

Reception and Awards Ceremony:

Friday, September 20, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Prichard Art Gallery


$20 per participant

$15 per student participant (18 and older)

Artwork Drop Off:

Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday, September 20, 2019 from 8 to 11 a.m.

2018 Winners and Special Awards