Arts Opportunities in the City of Moscow, ID

Below you will find active and ongoing Calls to Artists, Requests for Proposals, and Registrations for various programs with the City of Moscow Arts Department and Moscow Arts Commission. Select an opportunity from the list below to view guidelines and application requirements.

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The City of Moscow, Idaho invites artists to submit works for consideration by the Artwalk Steering Committee. Moscow Artwalk is a longstanding community celebration of the arts with beginnings in 2004. This event has expanded in 2021 to include the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - May, with arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community. The season finale is on June 16, 2022, when host location offerings will pair with music, food, and performance art in the traditional Main Street fair. The Artwalk poster is the visual centerpiece of the event, and along with community-wide presence in print materials, the artist and artwork are promoted on the City’s website and social media channels.

Original Art Purchase & Exhibition Opportunity

The City of Moscow also welcomes the original selected artwork into the City’s Portable Collection, with a purchase amount not to exceed $600. The selected artist will sign an art purchase agreement with the City of Moscow, which stipulates that the artist will retain the copyright to the artwork, though the City of Moscow will be granted an irrevocable license to reproduction of the winning artwork for promotional needs and fundraising purposes. The original artwork will be featured at the Third Street Gallery, and the artist will have the option to create a one-night-only display of other works from their studio during one of the Third Street Gallery receptions during the Artwalk season.

Important Dates (subject to change)

July 6 – August 13, 2021 Submission Period

August 16 - 20, 2021 Selection Process

August 23 – 27, 2021   Artist Notification & Contract Completion

October 2021 – June 2022 Artwork featured on Artwalk 2021-2022 season poster

Eligibility and Selection Process

A selection panel made up of Artwalk community partners and organizers will select one work of art to be featured on the Artwalk 2021-2022 season poster and in social media posts. All artwork submissions must be new work created in the last three years. We are grateful to the Artwalk poster artists from past events, but those featured on the poster in the last five years are ineligible to apply (e.g. the 2019 poster artist may not reapply until 2024).

Selection Criteria

· The artwork reads well from a distance and holds interest up close.

· The artwork provides variety in the overall collection of Moscow Artwalk poster art, particularly in comparison with the artwork featured in the last 2 years.

· The artwork will retain its quality and impact through digital and print reproduction.

·  The artwork is family-friendly and has the capacity to appeal to a broad audience.

· The artwork is relatively new to local viewers, and has not been reproduced in print editions or shown extensively in the region’s galleries, restaurants, or coffee shops.

· The annual poster art selection process considers the existing works in the Artwalk poster series, and aims to create a wide variety of style, media, and subject matter to reflect the diversity of the Artwalk event. To view previous Artwalk poster art, please visit:

Submission Requirements

Each artist is invited to submit up to two different artworks, each in a separate online form. Emailed and physical artwork submissions will not be considered. Upon completion of the first submission, the applicant will be provided with a link and invitation to submit a second artwork for consideration. Each form will require the following:


Name & Contact Information

Website or Social Media


Image of Artwork




Year Created

Sale Price

All artwork image files should be press-ready. Files should be in 300 dpi .png, .jpeg, or .pdf format.

Please label photo files in the following manner:

Lastname, Firstname_ArtworkTitle_DateCompleted

(e.g. Mouse, Mickey_PortraitofMinnie_2019)

When photographing a physical two- or three-dimensional artwork, light the artwork evenly with natural light. Place the artwork square to the camera’s lens so that the selection panel can appreciate its merits without the distraction of skewing, reflected light, or the presence of unrelated objects in background.

If submitting a photographic artwork or digital design, please provide detailed information about how the physical artwork will be delivered for accession into the Portable Collection. Archival printing methods are required to preserve the quality of the artwork for the long term.

Artists submitting images of three-dimensional artworks may present up to two additional photographs depicting views from multiple angles or details of the work’s surface.

The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission seek a published poet to serve a 3-year term as a Moscow Poet Laureate (MPL). This position expands literacy and community awareness, honors the many writers in our community, and builds upon the correlation between civic life and creativity of local artists. This call for poetry artists is open to published poets 18 years of age or older who live in Moscow, Idaho and have a record of community involvement and/or teaching. The MPL term runs from October 1 – September 30 of each year. The annual honorarium for the Moscow Poet Laureate is $1000 and is paid at the beginning of each service year.

Program Description

The Moscow Poet Laureate Program increases awareness of the role that poetry and literature play in the community and creates a record of Moscow’s distinctive character. Not only does the program support the work of excellent poets in the community, but it also invests the public spaces of the city with the beauty of language. Along with offering readings and workshops, the Poet Laureate writes poems for the City that are reflective of local landscapes, social situations, or important events.

The Moscow Poet Laureate program began in 2015, inspired by the vision of the Moscow Arts Commission and University of Idaho English Professor Alexandra Teague. Since that time, two poets have offered their literary expertise to this City of Moscow program; Tiffany Midge served from 2015-2018, followed by Susan Hodgin’s 2018-2021 term.

During their term, the Poet Laureate will be commissioned to:

- Write at least two (2) poems per year that speak in some sense to the distinctive experience of Moscow, Idaho. These works will be published in local publications and/or presented at public occasions.

- Give a minimum of two (2) local readings per year:

  • One (1) at the annual April Poetry Relay, which connects and promotes members of the literary community during National Poetry Month
  • One (1) at another Arts Department function such as the Mayor’s Arts Awards, Entertainment in the Park, Artwalk, or public art dedication (to be determined by Moscow Poet Laureate and Arts Program Manager with advice from MAC)

- Work to raise the visibility of poetry and other literary arts within the community through outreach, education, and other programs. Included offerings must include at least one (1) public poetry workshop per year which may be targeted to a particular age of students or adults within the community.

Submission Requirements

  • Letter of interest (limited to one page) that includes an explanation of connections to Moscow, Idaho, and specific ideas for outreach activities/programs that could be implemented in the community.
  • Sample of 3 poems (with publication credits listed, if applicable).
  • A resume that includes a complete list of publications and qualifications.
  • A video (or a web link to a video) depicting the applicant reading a sample of their work.

Selection Process

A selection panel comprised of Moscow Arts Commission members, City of Moscow staff, writers, and community members will review each applicant’s materials.

Voting members:

2 – Moscow Arts Commission Members

1 – Member of Literary Community

1 – Former Moscow Poet Laureate

1 – Youth Community Member

Non-voting members:

Arts Staff (Selection Panel facilitation)

Following the selection panel’s deliberation and recommendation, a MAC vote is required to confirm the selection of the MPL candidate.

Selection Timeline (subject to change)

April - July 2021 Submission Period

August 2021  Selection Panel Deliberation & Recommendation

September 2021 Moscow Arts Commission vote to finalize selection

October 2021 MPL term begins upon completion of contract and first honorarium payment

September 9 - 17, 2021
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, and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture work together to make a great event for artists and art lovers alike.

Important Dates
September 9-16

  • Painting Period in Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman, and Benewah Counties

September 16         

  • Artwork Drop-off             10 a.m. to 6 p.m.             Prichard Art Gallery
  • Juror Lecture                    7 p.m.                             University of Idaho campus

September 17         

  • Juror Workshop               10 a.m. to 12 p.m.           Location TBD
  • Reception & Awards        5 p.m. to 7 p.m.             Prichard Art Gallery

September 17-October 17

  • Exhibition open at the Prichard Art Gallery

October 18-19

  • Artwork Pick-up              10 a.m. to 4 p.m.              Prichard Art Gallery

Palouse Plein Air 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, oil, and pastel.

Painting and Exhibition Guidelines

  • Following registration, participants paint out-of-doors at any location of their choosing within Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman, and Benewah counties. Participants have the option to paint on all days of the competition or any combination of the competition days. No use of electronic, pictorial, or other aids is allowed. All work must be done on location by the individual artist.
  • Each artist will submit photos of their completed works along with inventory information and images of the painting on location. This submission will be completed using a Submittable form to be provided by City staff following the close of event registration. This procedure not only generates content for the publicly-viewable online gallery, but also authenticates that each piece was made on location during the Palouse Plein Air competition period.
  • Participants are invited to deliver a maximum of 3 (three) finished entries to the Prichard Art Gallery at 414 South Main in Moscow, ID for exhibition. Artwork may not be picked up prior to the dates listed. The artwork must be 72” total unframed perimeter dimension or smaller.  E.g. a 16” x 20” painting has a 72” perimeter (20” x 2 + 16” x 2 = 72”)
  • Artworks must be presented for exhibition in sturdy framing with a wire hanger (no sawtooth hangers). Works submitted without proper framing and wire hangers will not be exhibited.
  • Event organizers reserve the right to determine suitability of all works shown in the Palouse Plein Air exhibition.
  • All artwork will be submitted, handled, and exhibited at the full liability of the artist.
  • Works may be offered for sale, and any sales will be handled by the Prichard Art Gallery Staff. Artwork sales will be subject to a 20% Gallery commission and Idaho State sales tax.
  • Works will remain at the Prichard Art Gallery for the entire length of the exhibition. No early drop-off or pick-up of artworks will be allowed.
  • Artists shall release the City of Moscow to use photographs and/or video of them and their exhibited art works, for future publicity and promotional purposes without copyright, use fees, or charges.

Juror and Awards
Jared Shear is the Palouse Plein Air 2021 juror. Jared Shear was born in Missoula, Montana in 1976. He received a degree in Animation from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1997. Shear 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 lives and works in Thompson Falls, MT with his wife and children.

“I have always had a great deal of respect and fascination, for the unlimited variety and design that we find in nature.  Through my art I endeavor to capture, if only dim and pale by comparison, some of that life or sense of awe we find in the world around us.”

Shear will adjudicate the exhibition at the Prichard Art Gallery and will offer a lecture and painting workshop open to all registered participants. View his works online:

Awards will be announced during the gallery reception at the Prichard Art Gallery. Winning participants need not be present to receive awards. Paintings will be available for sale and are eligible for the following cash and other recognition awards:

1st Place ($400)

2nd Place ($200)

3rd Place ($100)

Best Palouse

Best Downtown

Best Historical

Best Public Art

Student Awards

Honorable Mentions

Purchase Awards

Registration Support for Palouse Plein Air 2021

Megan Cherry

Arts Program Manager

206 East Third Street

Moscow, ID 83843


Britnee Christen

Administrative Specialist

206 East Third Street

Moscow, ID 83843

208.883.7000 ext. 7204

Sculpted Spaces, Wild Lives

EXHIBITION: October 21, 2021 – Jan 7, 2022

RECEPTION:  October 21, 2021 4 to 6 pm

The Third Street Gallery invites artwork submissions for Sculpted Spaces, Wild Lives, a complementary pair of exhibitions that address intentionally-shaped spaces and the wild lives that inhabit them. Artworks should address one or both of the following themes:

Sculpted Spaces

Humans shape spaces for the purposes of living and working. Far from being a simply mechanical act, the design of architecture and landscape function at the intersection of aesthetic and utilitarian purpose. These spaces define the volumes of air occupied by the human body, whether they be clean-lined, geometric, curving, flat, or soaring vertical structures. Artworks should address this theme in either a literal or abstract sense. Submissions could be inclusive of architectural renderings and landscape designs; three-dimensional models or sculptures; and photographs, drawings, paintings, or prints depicting the appearance or sensation of intentionally-shaped spaces.

Wild Lives

Humans may create geometric structures for living and working, but craving connection to organic or animal nature, they seek immersion in the wilderness. Animalistic energy is sometimes associated with a lack of culture, control, or sophistication, but this exhibition highlights the raw dignity and resilience of the wild. Artworks may feature subject matter or content related to wildlife or wild lives, and should reflect the unboundedness, instinct, and feral grace of the undomesticated.

The exhibition will be juried by artist and University of Idaho Associate Professor Stacy Isenbarger.

About the Juror

Stacy Isenbarger’s artworks highlight perceived boundaries built from one’s environment or their perception of it. Through explorations of unexpected material collisions, poetic narratives, shared iconography, or collective engagement, Isenbarger continuously seeks ways to express complex negotiations of place and the desire to feel whole within it.

Isenbarger’s creative pursuits include sculpture, installation, mixed-media drawings, student mentorship and supporting community exchange through art. As Foundations Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art + Design at the University of Idaho, she celebrates her opportunities to explore creative communication and empowerment. She received her BFA at Clemson University & her MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia—two places she has tremendous gratitude for especially in regard to how both experiences shaped her approach to teaching. When she's not teaching or making—and sometimes when she is—she's usually dancing since the act continuously validates her joy of community acceptance and shaking up space.

Important Dates

September 10, 2021            Submission Period Closes

September 24, 2021            Artist Notification

October 12-13, 2021             Artwork Drop-off

October 21, 2021                  Exhibition Opens: Gallery Hours 8am-5pm M-F

October 21, 2021                  Artwalk Reception 4-6 p.m.

January 7, 2022                   Exhibition Closes

January 10, 2022                  Artwork Pick Up


Open call to artists residing in the United States. The exhibition is open to all media with the exception of video and sound-based works.

Submission Requirements

Artist contact information, biography, headshot, artist statement, website/social links

Up to 3 artworks (no size restrictions)

Inventory information for each artwork:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Date
  • Sales price or NFS & Insurance value

Presentation and Shipping Requirements


Artists who live outside of the Palouse region may choose to ship works to the gallery for the exhibition. The Third Street Gallery is unable to accommodate the costs of return shipping, so artists who ship artworks must include a pre-paid return shipping label from FedEx or UPS. Artworks should be shipped to the following address:

City of Moscow Arts Department

ATTN: Megan Cherry

206 E Third Street

Moscow ID 83843


The Third Street Gallery is located in an historic building, and as such the gallery hanging system is designed to preserve the integrity of the architecture. Generally speaking, the best presentation method is a sturdy hanging wire securely attached to the back of the piece. Third Street Gallery curators cannot make holes in the gallery’s historic plaster walls, so no sawtooth hangers or French cleats are accepted. Pieces that are large or excessively heavy may be shown in this space, but require special accommodations. Gallery staff will make every effort to include work with unusual presentation needs, so please contact us with any questions about special hanging requirements.


There is a variety of options for displaying three-dimensional artworks, including secure, locking cabinets with glass panels. There are also pedestals that can be used either as a flat top for digital displays or with secure Plexiglas vitrines. Larger sculptural works are welcome depending on the parameters of each exhibition, so the inclusion of these works will be considered by gallery staff on a case-by-case basis.


Please bring artwork to the gallery with a label firmly affixed to the back or bottom of each piece. The label should correspond with the information on the loan agreement and contain the following:

Artist Name    Artwork    Title     Medium     Date

About the Third Street Gallery

The Third Street Gallery is a space for art in the heart of downtown Moscow. City of Moscow Arts Staff and members of the Moscow Arts Commission have worked together to create artistic direction for the Third Street Gallery since the gallery’s opening in September 1997. The gallery features artworks in a wide range of media, subject matter, and content while presenting a curatorial vision open to all cultures and art forms. The Third Street Gallery exhibits the work of established and emerging makers from the Palouse and the broader Inland Northwest, celebrating the creative excellence of the region in a well-loved public space.

The Third Street Gallery features artwork on the second and third floors inside Moscow City Hall. The building was designed by architect James Knox Taylor in 1911, and was formerly the Moscow Federal Building. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a Second Renaissance Revival brick building, the structure now houses City offices and meeting spaces such as the City Council Chambers. The Third Street Gallery is an essential part of this building, as it brings art into the center of civic life in the City of Moscow.

Third Street Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Gallery is ADA accessible on the East entrance of Moscow City Hall, and the elevator on the North side of the building provides access to the second and third floors.


Megan Cherry

Arts Program Manager


Britnee Christen

Administrative Specialist

208.883.7000 ext. 7204

This online resource connects the public with visual, literary, and performing artists and is a valuable resource for the community. Sharing your contact information is not required to be included in this Directory, though providing some details will help the public connect with you. 

Moscow Arts Department