July 1, 2020 (Moscow, Idaho) --
Online registration is now open for Palouse Plein Air, with the annual painting competition scheduled to take place from September 11-18. During this period, participants paint outdoors at any location of their choosing within Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman, and Benewah counties. All painting media are eligible for competition, including gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and oil. There is no limit to the number of paintings a participant may make during the competition, but each registered artist is invited enter a maximum of three finished works for exhibition.
The Palouse Plein Air juror, who will be announced later in the summer, adjudicates the exhibition and confers the following cash and recognition awards:
1st Place ($400)
2nd Place ($200)
3rd Place ($100)
Best Onsite Photos of Artwork
The standard registration fee for Palouse Plein Air is $25, with a special student rate of $20 per registrant. All artists aged 18 and older can find more information and register using the following link: https://moscowarts.submittable.com/submit
This event is now in its eleventh year, and because plein air painting is naturally aligned with parameters for social distancing, the competition will continue with adaptations designed to protect participants' health. For example, in lieu of canvas and paper stamping, participants will submit photographs of each painting on location along with photographs of finished works. Staff members at the City of Moscow Arts Department and the Prichard Art Gallery will continue to tailor exhibition and jury methods in order to protect public health. If it is not safe to host an exhibition and reception at the Prichard Art Gallery, artists will be invited to share their works with the public in an online exhibition hosted by the City of Moscow.
Palouse Plein Air began in 2010, and, with the guidance and vision of the Moscow Arts Commission and University of Idaho art professor Aaron Cordell Johnson, the event continues to grow. 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. A collaboration of community partners makes this event possible; the City of Moscow, the Prichard Art Gallery, and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture work together to make a great event for artists and art lovers alike.
Story Contact: Megan Cherry, Arts Program Manager