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.

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

Visit the gallery of past winners

2017 Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 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 2017 are (click to expand):

Yellow Makes Me Happy by Leslie Jenkins

“Yellow Makes Me Happy”
by Leslie Jenkins

Sunny Days and Garden Maze by Carol Dingman

“Sunny Days and Garden Maze”
by Carol Dingman

Bamboo Forest - Kyoto Surroundings, Japan by Cheryl St. Pierre

“Bamboo Forest – Kyoto Surroundings, Japan” by Cheryl St. Pierre


Peeking Cardinal by Susan Fenwick

“Peeking Cardinal”
by Susan Fenwick

Spring Rain on Tulips by Mary Craft

“Spring Rain on Tulips”
by Mary Craft

A Day in Spring by Kathy Constantine

“A Day in Spring”
by Kathy Constantine

Past Winners

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