June 24, 2021 (Moscow, Idaho) —
The City of Moscow Arts Department announced the 2021 Palouse Plein Air painting competition will be juried by Montana native Jared Shear.
Shear, originally from Missoula, Mont., received a degree in Animation from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1997. He has exhibited in various gallery and museum shows throughout the northwest, including exhibitions at the LCSC Center for Arts and History, and a solo show at the Missoula Art Museum. His work has also been featured in Artist & Illustrator magazine and Spectrum. Shear currently lives and works in Thompson Falls, Mont. with his wife and children.
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.
Participating artists paint outdoors at any location of their choosing within Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman and Benewah counties. Participants may paint any combination of the competition days, September 9-16. Artists aged 18 years or older are eligible to participate.
To learn more about the competition and to register, visit http://bit.ly/ppa2021artistregistration
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, and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture work together to make a great event event for artists and art lovers alike.
To learn more about Palouse Plein Air, visit https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/216/Palouse-Plein-Air
Story Contact: Megan Cherry, Arts Program Manager