Show Submission Guidelines


The Rhode Island Watercolor Society is proud to support watercolor and other traditional watermedia materials and methods. With the growth of the arts industry comes the introduction of new equipment and practices. As the options for art making expand, so must the horizons of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society guidelines for our open juried shows.

Media and Mediums

- Acceptable mediums: Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, acrylic mediums and watercolor mediums, ink, casein, egg tempera

- Acceptable media up to 20%: line & wash, watercolor pencils, collage (waterbased, on or of paper), charcoal, graphite, wax accents and resists, water-based monotypes and mono prints, embossing.

**For water media ONLY shows**

- Unacceptable media: Pastels, colored pencil other than watercolor pencil, fabrics, digital media or digitally enhanced images, multiple edition prints, sand, glitter, gold or metal leaf, collage from printed materials, newspaper, magazines, etc., oil paints, photography, reproductions

Acceptable Surfaces

Watercolor paper, toned watercolor paper, Yupo and similar synthetic papers, paper coated with water based varnish and gesso, textured paper, gallery wrapped or stretched canvas, canvas paper, illustration board, watercolor board, rice paper, Duralar, Aquaboard, wood

Framing and Presentation

  • Work must be presented in a professional manner. 
  • No broken or damaged frames. 
  • Work must be under glass (all types of glass accepted). If it is over 22”x 28” it must be framed with Plexiglas. 
  • Work may be floated within the frame, or presented with a single or double mat. 
  • White or off white mats are preferred, but liner mats less than 3/8" may be colored. Entirely colored mats are acceptable only if they are integral in the completion of the artwork. 
  • Works on stretcher bars must be properly stretched and wired for hanging but framing is optional.
  • Must be wired with no wire or hanger showing when hung. No tooth hangers.

Exhibition History

Work must not have been exhibited in a previous Rhode Island Watercolor Society juried show. Work must have been completed within the last 10 years.


Work may not be copied from copy written material. No work partially or wholly painted by another. Work may have been done in a class or workshop, but only using reference material belonging to the sole artist. Work must be the same work represented by the submitted digital images. No altered digital images may be submitted. Artwork should be well represented by any digital image submitted. Work must be the size represented in the submission form. Work may be listed as NFS (not for sale).

Shipped Work

All shipped work should be sent to:

Rhode Island Watercolor Society

Slater Memorial Park

831 Armistice Blvd 

Pawtucket, RI 02861

All work must be shipped with a PREPAID shipping return label as well as a $10 handling fee.


Rhode Island Watercolor Society

Slater Memorial Park

831 Armistice Blvd

Pawtucket, RI 02861

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