RIWS Presents: The 2023 National Watermedia Show

Over $2,500 in cash prizes!

Juror: Judy Metcalfe, AWS, NEWS www.judymetcalfe.com


Deadline for Entry: April 14th

Exhibition Dates: May 13th - June 23rd

Accepted Entries Notified: April 21st

Drop Off/Delivery: April 21st - May 11th

Show Opening: May 13th at 1pm at RIWS Gallery

Pickup/Shipping: June 24th - July 22nd


Open to all artists in the United States

Entry Deadline: April 14th, 2023

This show will take place physically in our gallery in Pawtucket and online.
Only submit work you are willing to drop off or ship to us!

Work must have been completed within the last 10 years.
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 not exceed 42 inches on its longest side (including frame).

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.

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 member and open juried shows.

Media and Mediums

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

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.

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, 3D media

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

File Size: CaFE's guidelines are as follows:

File Type: JPEG or JPG only
File Dimensions: 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side
File Size: Under 5 MB
Color Profile: sRGB

Framing and Presentation:
Work must be presented in a professional manner. 
No broken or damaged frames. 
Framed work must be under glass/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. 
Must be wired with no wire or hanger showing when hung. No tooth hangers.

Submission Fee:
$25 for non-members, $20 for members. Checks may be made out to "Rhode Island Watercolor Society".
MEMBERS ONLY: Use code riwsmember in the white box below both your first entry and additional entry/entries on the checkout page.

Please send shipments to the following address:
Rhode Island Watercolor Society
831 Armistice Blvd.
Pawtucket, RI 02861
Please include a pre-paid return label in the box with your painting and send the tracking number to riwsgallery@gmail.com with the subject line "National Show Shipping"

To become a member: please visit our website at riws.org or send us an email at riwsgallery@gmail.com, we're happy to answer all inquiries about our membership!

The Rhode Island Watercolor Society reserves the right to exclude from the exhibition any works that do not arrive in sturdy condition, or are deemed too fragile to be successfully exhibited. Work that has not been suitably prepared will be hung 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. 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. No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. 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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