Winning Entries for the AAUW Art Contest

The AAUW Art Contest is held every year in honor of our members and women artists everywhere. AAUW members cast their vote on the final candidates to be featured in the spring collection of note cards. Learn more »

Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

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


Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

Dancing with Joy at White Sands by Ronda Sanders

“Dancing with Joy at White Sands”
By Ronda Sanders

Floral by Carol Zerbe

“Floral”
By Carol Zerbe

Foxy Impression by Christy Lemp

“Foxy Impression”
By Christy Lemp

Japanese Garden Drum Bridge by Susan Fenwick

“Japanese Garden Drum Bridge”
By Susan Fenwick

Three Poppies by LouAnn Hoppe

“Three Poppies”
By LouAnn Hoppe

Tuscan Entryway by Rober Benziger

“Tuscan Entryway”
By Rober Benziger


Congratulations to the 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).

Out of the Grid by Barbara Hauck, AAUW Erie (PA) Branch

NMWA Award of Distinction Winner
Out of the Grid by Barbara Hauck, AAUW Erie (PA) Branch

Indigo Bunting by Christy Lemp (National Member)

Indigo Bunting by Christy Lemp (National Member)

"Big Aspen" by Maggie Shane, AAUW Truckee-Donner (CA) Branch

“Big Aspen” by Maggie Shane, AAUW Truckee-Donner (CA) Branch

"Take Time..." by Linda French, AAUW Loveland (CO) Branch

“Take Time…” by Linda French, AAUW Loveland (CO) Branch

Pelicans in Flight by Rita Sklar, AAUW Oakland-Piedmont (CA) Branch

Pelicans in Flight by Rita Sklar, AAUW Oakland-Piedmont (CA) Branch

Bleeding Hearts at Sunset by Nicole Benziger, AAUW Aurora (IL) Branch

Bleeding Hearts at Sunset by Nicole Benziger, AAUW Aurora (IL) Branch


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.

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.

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