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.

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Palouse Plein Air 2019

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 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 UI / WSU / LCSC student

Artwork Drop Off:

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

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

Save the date! More event details will be posted in Spring 2019. 

2018 Winners and Special Awards