RIWS Presents:

Painting to Music: An Online Show

Open to Artists Nationwide

Open to all 2D media (EXCLUDING photography and digital, see more details below)


Juror: Karen Rand Anderson https://karenrandanderson.com/

Deadline to Submit: July 12th

Exhibition Dates: July 20th  - August 16th

ONLINE Show Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25th at 6pm on Zoom

Notification of Acceptance: July 19th

This show is taking place online ONLY

Theme: Music is a huge source of inspiration for many artists. We want to see how it influences your art! Entrants are encouraged to submit work associated with music in some way, whether it be based off of a song, musical artist, genre, lyrics, or a performance/concert experience. Or perhaps listening to music was a part of the process when creating the piece. The influence does not need to be literal or obvious!


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 copywritten material.
No work partially or wholly painted by another.
No work created under the direct guidance of another.
No work created by following a tutorial.
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 Mediums

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

Unacceptable media: Photography, 3D media, reproductions, digital art

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, shipping costs must be paid for by the buyer or the artist and are not the responsibility of the gallery.

Submission Fee: $15 (per image) for non-members, $10 (per image) for members. Checks may be made out to "Rhode Island Watercolor Society" or "RIWS."

MEMBERS ONLY: 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. 

To become a member: please visit our website at riws.org 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. 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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