The 2019 Art Contest opens on January 8.

This year we are giving special preference to submissions that reflect AAUW’s mission and values. Check back for more details.

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 long-standing 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, as of 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.

2018 Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 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 2018 are (click to expand):


Beach Friends by Julie Dameron

“Beach Friends”
by Julie Dameron

Before the Hurricane by Janet Camposano

“Before the Hurricane”
by Janet Camposano

Portrait of Vanna by Wendy Gracia

“Portrait of Vanna”
by Wendy Gracia

Hollyhocks in my garden by Charlotte Severin

“Hollyhocks in my garden” by Charlotte Severin

Serenity - Saint Mary Lake on Tulips by Martha Burger

“Serenity – Saint Mary Lake”
by Martha Burger

Terrariumg by Margaret Ringia Hart

by Margaret Ringia Hart

Past Winners