Wilhelmina Holladay cut the ribbon on the winning painting.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Founder Wilhelmina Holladay cuts the ribbon on the 2013 NMWA Award of Distinction painting.

Please note: This year, all members may vote only one time for up to 10 entries. Take your time and choose carefully!

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.

AAUW received over 200 submissions to the 2016 AAUW Art Contest from member artists all over the country.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Choose your 10 favorite works of art.
  2. Look carefully because you only get one chance to vote.
  3. Submit your votes.
  4. Share this page with your fellow members, so they can vote too.
  5. Come back in March to see who won.

Members are required to log in with an AAUW member ID number to vote.
View the 2016 gallery of entries.

Remember, when you vote, you will automatically be entered in a raffle to win a gift card for ShopAAUW.

2016 Timeline

Submission Period January 7–31 Submit your artwork. Members can submit up to two pieces. Read the contest rules to learn more.
Voting Period February 3–29 AAUW members can vote for up to 10 entries. Rally votes for your favorites by sharing with other members.
Winner Announcement Early March We’ll announce the six winners on this page!

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!

Congratulations to our 2015 winners!

A panel of past art contest winners nominated 50 pieces, and AAUW members voted on the final candidates. We would especially like to thank the judges who dedicated their time and expertise in this year’s contest: Janice Arrowsmith (PA), Nann Blaine Hilyard (IL), Pat Messer (MI), Cheryl Thompson (CA), and Joye Shaffer (FL).

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Out of the Grid by Barbara Hauck, AAUW Erie (PA) Branch

NMWA Award of Distinction Winner
Out of the Grid by Barbara Hauck, AAUW Erie (PA) Branch

Indigo Bunting by Christy Lemp (National Member)

Indigo Bunting by Christy Lemp (National Member)

"Big Aspen" by Maggie Shane, AAUW Truckee-Donner (CA) Branch

“Big Aspen” by Maggie Shane, AAUW Truckee-Donner (CA) Branch

"Take Time..." by Linda French, AAUW Loveland (CO) Branch

“Take Time…” by Linda French, AAUW Loveland (CO) Branch

Pelicans in Flight by Rita Sklar, AAUW Oakland-Piedmont (CA) Branch

Pelicans in Flight by Rita Sklar, AAUW Oakland-Piedmont (CA) Branch

Bleeding Hearts at Sunset by Nicole Benziger, AAUW Aurora (IL) Branch

Bleeding Hearts at Sunset by Nicole Benziger, AAUW Aurora (IL) Branch

The NMWA Award of Distinction

For the third consecutive year, the National Museum of Women in the Arts chose one of our winners for a special honor. Director Susan Fisher Sterling selected an Award of Distinction recipient from the six winners of the AAUW Art Contest.