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Palouse Plein Air 2019

The Palouse Plein Air 2019 painting competition begins Saturday, September 14 and runs through Friday, September 20. Registration forms are available to download from the City of Moscow’s website at and printed copies can be picked up from the City of Moscow Arts Department inside City Hall. 

Now in its 10th year, Palouse Plein Air includes a one-week painting period, a workshop by the guest juror, a exhibition at Moscow’s Prichard Art Gallery, and a reception and awards ceremony with refreshments provided by Bloom. 

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.

Palouse Plein Air is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. All painting media are eligible for competition, including gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and oil. 

Join us in welcoming this year’s guest juror, Scott Gellatly of Gamblin Paints. Gellatly will adjudicate the exhibition, awarding cash prizes in the amount of:

  • 1st Place ($400) sponsored by the City of Moscow
  • 2nd Place ($200) sponsored by the City of Moscow
  • 3rd Place ($100) sponsored by the City of Moscow
  • Changes to the Rural Landscape Award ($250) sponsored by Latah County Historical Society 

This award aligns with the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibition entitled Crossroads: Change in Rural America. This exhibition runs from August 23 – October 4 at 411 S. Main Street, and is presented in a partnership between the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and the Latah County Historical Society. The exhibit explores how and why rural communities have experienced so much change over the last 100 years - demographically, economically, environmentally and more - as well as what towns are doing to survive or even thrive in the new millennium.

Additional recognition awards will include: Best Palouse, Best Downtown, Best Historical, Honorable Mentions, Student Awards, and the City of Moscow Purchase Award.

To learn more about Scott Gellatly and to view his artwork, please visit his website at

Important Dates

Painting Competition
September 14 – 20

September 20 – October 6

Reception and Awards Ceremony
September 20    5 - 8 p.m. at the Prichard Art Gallery

The mission of the Moscow Arts Commission is to enrich the community by celebrating and cultivating the expression of all art forms and culture.

Click the image below to view more information on the City of Moscow website. 
Palouse Plein Air 2019

City of Moscow Arts Department

206 E Third Street Moscow, ID 83843

Megan Cherry, Arts Program Manager
(208) 883-7036

DJ Scallorn, Administrative Specialist
(208) 883-7000 x 7204

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