RIWS Presents: The 2024 National Watermedia Show

Over $2,500 in cash prizes!


Juror: Paul Jackson, AWS Dolphin fellow, NWS www.pauljackson.com

Deadline for Entry: May 3rd


Exhibition Dates: June 1st - July 12th

Drop Off/Delivery: May 10th - 30th

Show Opening: June 8th

Pickup Date: July 12th, 10am-4pm

Return Shipping: July 12th - August 3rd


Open to all artists in the United States

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.
You may submit work previously exhibited in an RIWS show EXCEPT for other Annual National Watermedia Show.
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.
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 surfaces: Watercolor paper; toned watercolor paper; Yupo and similar synthetic papers; paper coated with water‐based varnish and gesso; textured paper; illustration board; watercolor board; rice paper

Unacceptable surfaces: Composite paper with embedded materials; wood or composite panels; gallery wrapped or stretched canvas; canvas paper; Duralar; Aquaboard, Clayboard or other coated wood or composite panel; unmounted canvas or other fabrics; Tyvec; metal; glass

Acceptable mediums: Watercolor; gouache; acrylic; acrylic mediums and watercolor mediums; water-based ink; casein; egg tempera. (Please inquire about other acceptable water-based mediums)

Acceptable media up to 20%: line & wash; watercolor pencils; collage (waterbased, on or of paper); charcoal; graphite; wax accents and resists; waterbased monotypes and mono prints; embossing; metallic waterbased paint; waterbased iridescent paints or powders (not glitter)

Unacceptable media: Pastels; colored pencil other than watercolor pencil; impasto (thickly applied) acrylic and watermedia; 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; water‐miscible oil paints; photography; reproductions; 3D media.

Exhibition History
Work must not have been exhibited in a previous RIWS National Show. 

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.

$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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