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, working with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 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.
|Submission Period||January 6–28||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.
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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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.Check out all of our entries in the 2015 art contest gallery.