RIWS Presents:

Painting Through the Pandemic

An Online Exhibition

Jurying has been completed! Accepted entries are listed below.
This has been our most popular online show so far with over 500 entries!

Open to all artists in the United States!

Juror: Jack Haran View Jack's Work Here

Entry Deadline: February 24th

Exhibition Dates: March 6th - April 9th

Show Opening (NEW!): We will be having a virtual opening on Zoom March 6th at 7pm! Click the link to the meeting HERE on the 6th to join. The meeting will include announcements on upcoming programming at RIWS followed by the awards ceremony and will open up for discussion at the end. Participants will join muted, we ask that you unmute yourself only when the awards ceremony is completed.


All 2D Media Acceptable

Images: Minimum 1, Maximum 3

Size: No size restrictions for this show, as all pieces will be exclusively displayed digitally

Entry Fee (per entry): $15 for non-members, $10 for members

Use code
riwsmember in the white box below both your first entry and one additional entry on the checkout page. IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING THREE PIECES: Use code riwsmember on the first entry and riwsmember2 on your additional entries.


Theme: The pandemic has led to many of us being stuck at home for long periods of time, which has certainly been a challenge, but has also led to many to create an abundance of art! Art has a way of bringing comfort to those who view and create it, and now is a time when art is truly needed! Your pieces should have been created during the pandemic, from March 2020 to present. There are no limitations on subject matter.

This show will be taking place online and will not be displayed physically in the gallery.

Work must not have been exhibited in a previous Rhode Island Watercolor Society juried show.

Work must have been completed between March 2020 and present. 

Work may not be copied from copywritten 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.

Work must be the size represented in the submission form.

Work may be listed as NFS (not for sale) by putting the number 0 in the price section of the painting or by contacting the gallery at riwsgallery@gmail.com.

Artwork should be well represented by any digital image submitted.

There is no size limit for this show.

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 MediumsAcceptable mediums: Any 2D media is acceptable (view unacceptable media below). These include but are not limited to: Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oils, ink, casein, and egg tempera.

Unacceptable media: Photography, 3D media, reproductions

Acceptable Surfaces: Any 2D Surface. These include but are not limited to: watercolor paper, Yupo and similar synthetic papers, paper coated with varnish or gesso, stretched canvas or canvas paper, rice paper, Duralar, illustration board, and wood.

Framing and Presentation: Framing is not necessary for this show as it is online only. If pieces are not framed, please reflect that when pricing your work. Work may still be sold in our online gallery. 

Shipping: Please do not ship pieces for this show, as pieces will be displayed online in a digital format only. If your piece is purchased in our online gallery, up to 50% of shipping costs will be provided at the gallery's discretion. 

Submission Fee: $15 for non-members, $10 for members. Checks may be made out to "Rhode Island Watercolor Society". To become a member please navigate to the "Get Involved" section at the top of this page and click on "Become a Member" or send us an email, we're happy to answer all inquiries about our membership!

Work that has not been suitably digitally submitted will be displayed at the discretion of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Please submit only work that will be available at the time of the exhibition and will remain for its entirety (unless listed as NFS). No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. Prices for artwork indicated at the time of submission may not be re-negotiated at a later date. Submitted pieces may be used as promotional material by RIWS. Information on work(s) (including title and price) may not be changed after submission. If the work is sold, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society will receive 35% of the sale. 

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