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 give women artists the equal attention they deserve.
Want to share your artwork with thousands of AAUW members?
The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.
For more information on the AAUW Art Contest, see the contest rules.
2017 TimelineSubmission periodJanuary 4–31Submit your artwork. Members can submit up to two pieces. Read the contest rules to learn more.
Voting periodFebruary 6–28AAUW members can vote for up to 10 entries. Rally votes for your favorites by sharing with other members.
Winner announcementEarly MarchWe’ll announce the six winners on this page!
We’re in the ninth year of the annual AAUW Art Contest. View all of our past winners!
Congratulations to our 2016 winners!
Every year AAUW members cast their vote on the final candidates to be featured in the spring collection of note cards. The winners for 2016 were (click to expand):