RIWS Presents:

128th Annual Artist Members Show

Featuring the Al Albrektson Award of Excellence,
he Gail Armstrong Memorial Award,
& The Richard Van Wie Memorial Award

Exhibition Dates: March 16th - April 12th

Open to all Artist and Signature Members! 
ONE Entry per Member (watermedia only)

Entry/Drop-off Deadline: March 14th

Submit: Submit entry information via EMAIL to riwsgallery@gmail.com
Please include the Title, Medium, Price (or indicate NFS), and Dimensions
Attach a high-quality image of the piece, recommended 3MB or larger.

All submitted pieces will be featured in the show and then juried for awards

Entry Fee: $10 may be PAID ONLINE HEREvia check, or in the gallery using cash or card

Annual Member Meeting: March 16th, 11am

DEMO: By Juror Tony Visco March 16th at 12pm

Show Opening: March 16th, 1:30pm

Award Juror: Tony Visco, NEWS, RIWS

Drop Off Dates: February 15th, 22nd & 29th, and March 8th & 14th 10am - 2pm

We will be providing our photo service by appointment at the gallery in Slater Park on drop-off days until March 14th
$5 for one photo, $10 for three photos. Contact riwsgallery@gmail.com to set up an appointment.


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

    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. 
    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.

    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 "Artist Member Show Shipping"

    Submission Fee

     $10 for Artist/Signature members only. Pay Online Here. Checks may be made out to "Rhode Island Watercolor Society" and sent to: Rhode Island Watercolor Society, 831 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 02861

    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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