We hear about the gender gap all the time — in salary, in math and science fields, in leadership. But one of the most glaring and longstanding gaps is in the art world. For centuries, women artists were unrecognized, unencouraged, or even discredited simply because they were not men.

Today, things have changed … some. Still, in 2012, only 4 percent of artists on display at the Metropolitan Museum were women. There remains just one major museum in the world dedicated solely to women artists. That’s why we host an annual art contest to get women artists the equal attention they deserve.

The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

AAUW received over 200 submissions to the 2016 AAUW Art Contest from member artists all over the country. View the 2016 gallery of entries. And don’t forget to look out for your 2016 spring note cards in the mail!

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Dancing with Joy at White Sands by Ronda Sanders

“Dancing with Joy at White Sands”
By Ronda Sanders

Floral by Carol Zerbe

By Carol Zerbe

Foxy Impression by Christy Lemp

“Foxy Impression”
By Christy Lemp

Japanese Garden Drum Bridge by Susan Fenwick

“Japanese Garden Drum Bridge”
By Susan Fenwick

Three Poppies by LouAnn Hoppe

“Three Poppies”
By LouAnn Hoppe

Tuscan Entryway by Robert Benziger

“Tuscan Entryway”
By Robert Benziger

For more information on the AAUW Art Contest, see the contest rules.

Past Winners

We’re in the eighth year of the annual AAUW Art Contest. View all of our past winners!