Arts & Culture Opportunities in the City of Moscow, ID

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re: present

EXHIBITION: July 18 – August 22, 2024
RECEPTION:  August 22 from 5 - 7 p.m.
The act of making a representational artwork calls for the artist to be present, to be fully immersed in the subject matter. The surface of a representational artwork may depict what something looks like, but it functions more deeply as an artifact of communion between the artist and the subject. 

This connection is the focus of re: present at the Third Street Gallery, featuring paintings made with high regard for presence in the moment, presence with the observed, and presence with the artist as observer. 

Artworks in this exhibition may explore the entire spectrum of representational approaches to painting. Entries for this exhibition will be juried by artist and University of Idaho arts educator, Val Carter.

About the Juror
Val Carter is a Senior Instructor and Shop Technician at the University of Idaho, teaching in a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Val earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Painting at the University of Arizona in 1997. He also holds a BFA with emphases in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Idaho in 1994. His areas of specialization include Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Drawing Foundations.

Important Dates (all dates in 2024)
Apr 5 - May 31   |   Submission Period Open
June 10 – 14   |   Artist Notifications
July 9 - 10   |   Artwork Drop-off & Shipping Arrival (Artworks that arrive after July 10 will not be exhibited) July 18 – Aug 22   |   Exhibition Open: Gallery Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Aug 22   |   Artist Reception 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Aug 23   |   Artwork Pick Up

This call is open to artists residing in the United States. The exhibition focus is on representational painting, with eligible media including gouache, watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and collage. There are installation parameters unique to the gallery space inside the historic building, which are explained in the presentation requirements linked here.

Submission Requirements
Artist contact information, biography, artist statement, website/social links

Up to 3 artworks (no larger than 4’ x 4’)

Inventory information: Title, Medium, Dimensions, Date, Sales price/NFS & Insurance value

Artists who live outside of the Palouse region may choose to ship works to the gallery for 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 inside the box containing their artwork. Artworks should be shipped to the gallery at the following address:
 City of Moscow Arts Department
 ATTN: Megan Cherry
 206 E Third Street
 Moscow ID 83843

(This text is a sample for reference - a loan agreement specific to the exhibition will be provided to artists by the date stated on the first page of this prospectus)
The Lender must provide an exhibition list declaring the content and value of each object loaned. A distinction will be made, prior to exhibition installation, between the declared value and sales price on all artwork to be offered for sale.
During the exhibition period, the City will take reasonable precautions to avoid damage or theft to the objects loaned. In the event of loss or damage, the City will be responsible to the Lender for the loss based upon the declared value of the objects on the exhibition list. The Lender may be required to provide substantiation of the value of the loaned object(s).
Unless the City is notified in writing to the contrary, it is understood that objects on loan may be photographed and reproduced in publications, for publicity purposes connected with the exhibition, and/or for educational purposes.
Artists may offer objects for sale or list them as NFS (not for sale), but the City cannot accommodate POR (price on request) listings. All sales will be handled through the Moscow Arts Department office. The Gallery receives a twenty percent (20%) commission on all artwork sold and Idaho sales tax of six percent (6%) shall be required on all artwork sold, so objects for sale should be priced accordingly.
The Third Street gallery is in a public, family-oriented space, so the Moscow Arts Commission and Arts Department staff reserve the right to review all submissions to determine the suitability of the artwork shown.

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, excluding federal holidays.
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 Manager

PALOUSE PLEIN AIR is an annual painting event that takes place every September, with experiences including painting workshops and a juried exhibition at the Third Street Gallery inside Moscow City Hall.

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 Arts Department and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture work together to make a great event for artists and art lovers alike.

Important Dates
April 30 – September 5
      Registration will be available online via Submittable. No emailed or paper registrations will be accepted.

September 9 - 17  
      Painting Period in Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman, and Benewah Counties

September 18
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Artwork Drop-off at the Third Street Gallery, located inside Moscow City Hall at 206 E Third St.
7:00 p.m.
      Juror Lecture on the UI Campus

September 19
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      Juror Demonstration at the UI Arboretum
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Reception & Awards at the Third Street Gallery

September 19 - October 4
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
      Exhibition open at the Third Street Gallery

October 7   
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      Artwork Pick-up at the Third Street 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.

Registration and Fees
      $36 per participant or $31 per student participant (18 years-of-age and older.)

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 finished entries to the Third Street Gallery inside Moscow City Hall on September 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. No early drop-off or pick-up of artworks will be allowed. Artworks that arrive at any time other than the stated drop-off period will not be exhibited. 
  • Up to 3 (three) paintings will be accepted. Painting sizes accepted will be up to 72” total unframed perimeter inches or smaller. (e.g. a 16” x 20” 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). Please see the Third Street Gallery presentation requirements for an illustration of wire installation standards. Works submitted without proper framing and wire hangers will not be exhibited. 
  • BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Best Lil’ Painting. This is a little award category with a big, big, impact. To participate in the Best Lil’ Painting award category, participants must select “Yes” to receive a welcome package. The welcome package will include a little canvas and a little watercolor board. Artists are invited to submit one little painting for this award category, and this submission will count toward the artist’s overall allowed total of up to 3 (three) paintings. The little paintings can be presented without frames or wires, but must be labeled as described below.
  • Please label the back of each artwork with the following: artist name, artwork title, medium, and date.
  • Event organizers reserve the right to determine suitability of all works shown in the Palouse Plein Air exhibition.
  • Works may be offered for sale, and any sales will be handled by Third Street Gallery staff. Artwork sales will be subject to a 20% Gallery commission and Idaho State sales tax.
  • Works will remain at Third Street Gallery for the entire length of the exhibition.
  • 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
George Wray is the 2024 Palouse Plein Air juror. Wray is an art professor emeritus from the University of Idaho where he taught painting and drawing for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Moorhead State College (Minnesota) and an MFA degree from California College of the Arts (Oakland, California). He has exhibited his drawings, paintings and light pieces throughout the Northwest and other areas of the U.S.

Wray particularly enjoys teaching drawing outside the formal classroom. For many years he taught on the University of Idaho’s “Workshop on Wheels” which traveled around the State of Idaho during the summers. He has also taught “drawing as seeing” to scientists on the Juneau Ice Fields in Alaska. He has done drawings and rafted on the Salmon River, on an 18-day trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and on the Copper River in Alaska.

Wray will adjudicate the exhibition at the Third Street Gallery and will offer a lecture open to all registered participants.

Awards will be announced during the artist reception at the Third Street 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 ($500)
  • 2nd Place ($250)
  • 3rd Place ($125)
  • Best Palouse
  • Best Downtown
  • Best Historical
  • Best Lil’ Painting
  • Student Awards (2)
  • Honorable Mentions (2)
  • City of Moscow Purchase Award (1)

Registration Support for Palouse Plein Air
        Megan Cherry
        Arts Manager
        206 East Third Street
        Moscow, ID 83843


The Moscow Arts Commission (MAC) and the City of Moscow seek nominations for the 2024 Mayor’s Arts Awards, which recognizes individuals and organizations who have shown substantial support of and excellence in the arts. The event is biennial, with a nomination and selection process facilitated by City of Moscow Arts staff and members of the MAC. Award recipients will be honored in online promotions and an awards ceremony, where they will receive a custom-designed artwork made by a local artist. 

All nominations must be submitted online via Submittable. The Selection Panel and MAC will review nominations before recommending award recipients to the City of Moscow Mayor for final determination. The nominations will be evaluated based solely on submission materials, so nominators are encouraged to submit the full range of documents required in the form.

· Individuals, students, businesses, and organizations that are makers of or advocates for the arts are eligible. 

· Awards may be given based on excellence in all media for art-making, including the culinary, literary, performing, and visual arts. 

· Nominees should be those individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the arts and cultural climate of the City of Moscow through distinguished support and service or creative accomplishments. 

· Nominees must be current or former residents of the Moscow region. Nominations of individuals who no longer reside in the region must focus on the nominee’s contribution to the Moscow community. 

· Previous Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients are eligible for another award in a different category than the one previously received. Such candidates are eligible no fewer than 6 years after receipt of the previous award, and the nomination must be based on a different body of work than the one recognized by the previous award. View a list of previous award recipients here:

· Employees of the City of Moscow, current MAC members, and current City of Moscow elected officials are not eligible for nomination. 

· Current City of Moscow elected officials and Arts Department staff members are not eligible to make nominations. 

· MAC members may nominate individuals or organizations for awards, but any MAC member who makes a nomination may not serve on the Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Panel. Any MAC member who makes a nomination must abstain from voting on the MAC’s recommendation for that award.

Important Dates

March 13 – May 31, 2024 Nomination Period

July 2024 Selection Panel formed by MAC action during a regular meeting  

August 2024  Selection Panel deliberation and recommendation to MAC

August 2024 MAC deliberation and recommendation to the Mayor

September 2024 Mayor finalizes awardee roster

November 7, 2024 Awards Ceremony

Awardee Selection Process

1. The MAC will identify a Selection Panel comprised of less than a quorum of MAC members. These Selection Panel assignments will be created in an action during a regular MAC meeting. Those who submit a nomination during the current award cycle are ineligible to participate on the selection panel. Similarly, individuals with business or family conflicts of interest will not be invited to participate in forming the awardee recommendation to the MAC and the Mayor. 

2. The Selection Panel will review, score, and comment on all nominations using a review form in Submittable. This will be recorded as part of the permanent event history.

3. The full MAC will not view all nominations prior to the Selection Panel deliberation. Arts staff will forward only those nominations that the Selection Panel recommends for awards. 

4. Deliberations on nominations identified by the Selection Panel will take place in a regular MAC meeting. 

5. Arts staff will forward MAC recommendations for award recipients to the Mayor. 


Selection Panel Members

 The Selection Panel will be comprised of the following:

 Voting members:

 3 – Moscow Arts Commission Members

 1 – Arts & Culture Community Representative

 1 – Past Mayor’s Arts Awards Recipient 

Non-voting members:

Arts Department Staff (Selection Panel facilitation) 

Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
Individual Excellence in the Arts
This award recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Moscow, and who have demonstrated a high degree of artistic excellence in any discipline including performing, visual, or literary arts. Considerations for selection include quality and originality of work, scope of audience, and previous awards or distinctions.
Arts Advocacy
Arts Advocacy awards celebrate individuals or families who champion the arts by supporting through their time, talent, and treasure. Selection will be based on the type and scope of service to the community as well as the nominee’s commitment to support of arts and culture in Moscow.
Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education
This award honors individuals or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution that impacted the value of the arts educational curriculum or helped to provide access to the arts for students of all ages.
Youth Excellence in the Arts
This award recognizes young people who show excellence in art-making, advocacy, or other service to the creative community. Those in grades K-12 or the equivalent at time of nomination are eligible. Selection processes will not only study the scope and efficacy of the current nominee’s efforts, but also the potential of the candidate to grow in their role as an artist or advocate for the cultural growth of the Moscow community.
Outstanding College or University Students in the Arts
This award recognizes area student artists who have dedicated a significant portion of their education working to develop and manifest their individual creativity within any discipline of art including performance, visual, or literary arts. Selection processes will not only study the scope and efficacy of the nominee’s current efforts, but also the candidate’s potential for creative and professional growth in the future.
Outstanding Contributions as a Business, Club, or Non-profit Organization
Businesses or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement, excellence, and support of the arts in Moscow are eligible for this award. The selection panel will consider the type of support offered to the arts as well as the efficacy of the organization’s connections and service to the community.
Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
Lifetime achievement awards are reserved for those individuals whose contributions to the arts, over a lifetime, have made a lasting and profound impact on the artistic and cultural life of the Moscow area. Nomination materials should demonstrate a track record of community participation, industry and peer recognition, and high-quality, original approaches to art-making and advocacy. Nomination materials should demonstrate how the nominee’s lifetime of dedication to the development and support of the arts will sustain the Moscow arts community into the future.

The Mayor reserves the right to modify the number of awards or the assignment of awards to nominees based on the content of nominations. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of the breadth, depth, and potential of their work and its impact on the Moscow area. The Selection Panel, Moscow Arts Commission, and Mayor will review nomination materials based on their demonstration of the values described in each award category.

Submission Questions:
  For any technical difficulties with this application, please contact Submittable Support:


City of Moscow Arts & Culture