AAUW’s 2020 Art Contest

This year, AAUW is giving special preference to

submissions that reflect our mission and values.

Woman painting flowers on paper

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

We hear a lot about the gender gap — in salary, in leadership roles, and in math and science fields. But one of the most long-standing discrepancies is in the art world. For centuries, women artists were not encouraged or even recognized. The few who broke through were often discredited simply because they were not men.

Times have changed, but inequality persists: Only 30% of artists represented by commercial galleries are women, and women working in arts professions are paid almost $20,000 less per year than men. This is what motivates AAUW to host an annual art contest. Our goal is to give women artists the attention they deserve.

While all entries are accepted, we hope you will consider works that might speak to AAUW’s mission of advancing gender equity. The winning entries will be featured in a collection of note-cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.

Key Dates

Entry Submissions – January 7 to January 28

Voting: January 31 to February 10

View last year’s submissions

Submit your artwork.

Read the contest rules to learn more.

2019 Winners

Congratulations to our winning artist! (click to expand)

Procession of the Birds by

“Procession of the Birds”
by Sharri LaPierre
AAUW Hudson’s Bay (WA)

Ginkgo Constellation by Susan Fenwick

“Ginkgo Constellation”
by Susan Fenwick
AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield (MO)

“You are welcome!”
by Fatima Figueiredo
AAUW Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles (IL)

Little Ballerinas by Cynthia Kollman

“Little Ballerinas”
by Cynthia Kollman
AAUW Smith Mountain (VA)

Madagascar Workers by Hilary Kenyon

“Madagascar Workers!”
by Hilary Kenyon
AAUW Bend (OR)

Enlightened by Marilyn Baldi

by Marilyn Baldi
AAUW Northern Monmouth County (NJ)

Past Winners