Winning Entries for the AAUW Art Contest

The AAUW Art Contest is held every year in honor of our members and women artists everywhere. Learn more »

Congratulations to our 2014 winners!

AAUW members and a panel of past winning artists selected six pieces from more than 150 entries. We would especially like to thank the judges who dedicated their time and expertise in this year’s contest: Margaret Mathews, Joyce Rothermich, Rita Sklar, and Jane Winston.

The 2014 NMWA Award of Distinction

For the second consecutive year, NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Holladay and NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling selected an Award of Distinction recipient from the six winners of the AAUW Art Contest.
“Cap Nap,” Paula Schroeder, Atascadero (CA) Branch
“Cat Nap” by Paula Schroeder
AAUW Atascadero (CA) Branch


“Unique,” Sharon Gale, Southeast Valley (AZ) Branch
“Unique” by Sharon Gale
Southeast Valley (AZ) Branch
“Disappearing Four Patch,” Nann Hilyard, Waukegan Area (IL) Branch
“Disappearing Four Patch” by Nann Hilyard
Waukegan Area (IL) Branch

“Epiphany,” Claudia Frost, Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles (IL) Branch
“Epiphany” by Claudia Frost
Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles (IL) Branch
“Barcelona Girl” by Pat Cairns Atascadero (CA) Branch
“Barcelona Girl” by Pat Cairns
Atascadero (CA) Branch

“Saying Goodbye,” Linda French, Loveland (Co) Branch
“Saying Goodbye” by Linda French
Loveland (Co) Branch


2013 Winners

AAUW members and a panel of past winning artists selected six pieces from more than a hundred entries. We would especially like to thank the judges who donated their time and expertise in this year’s contest: Cheryl Thompson, Gillian Horsley, Leslie King, Linda Ziegenhagen, and Phyllis Swonk.

The 2013 NMWA Award of Distinction

National Museum of Women in the Arts founder Wilhelmina Holladay and NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling selected from the six winners of the 2013 contest “Winged Migration in Black & White” by Rita Sklar as the NMWA Award of Distinction winner!

AAUW Thumbs Up Award

The “AAUW Thumbs Up Award” winner went to the entry that received the most “likes” on the AAUW National Facebook page.


2012 Winners

AAUW members and a panel of past winning artists selected six pieces from more than a hundred entries. We would especially like to thank the judges who donated their time and expertise in this year’s contest: Sharon Gale, Jan Hersh, Caroline Sanchez, Cheryl Thompson, and Jane Winston.

AAUW Thumbs Up Award

The “AAUW Thumbs Up Award” winner went to the entry that received the most “likes” on the AAUW National Facebook page.


2011 Winners

Thousands of members and a panel of past winning artists selected six pieces from hundreds of entries. We would especially like to thank the judges who donated their time and expertise: Sharon Pottebaum, Margaret Mathews, Paula Schroeder, Phyllis Swonk and Cheryl Thompson.


2010 Winners

After thousands of votes were cast for more than 300 entries, 19 winners have been selected in the 2010 AAUW Art Contest! Contest entries represent a vast array of subjects and media, as you can see below.

The winning horizontal images were featured in the 2010-11 calendar mailed to members in June.


2009 Winners