RIWS Presents:

Primary Colors: An Open Juried Show

Open to all artists in the US!



Juror: Arnie Casavant www.arniecasavant.com

Exhibition Dates: July 27th - August 30th

Demo: By juror Arnie Casavant July 27th at 12pm (directly before reception)

Opening Reception: July 27th at 1pm

Notification of Acceptance: July 11th

Drop off/Shipping Dates: July 11th - 25th, Thursdays & Fridays 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm (NOTE: We will be CLOSED July 18th & 19th)

Pick Up Date: August 30th

Return Shipping: August 30th - September 20th

Theme: The three primaries are fundamental colors that can be used to create all other colors in the visible spectrum. These primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, which many artists start with when creating a painting. We would like to see pieces that utilize one or more of these basic colors as the primary palette.


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.

Artwork should be well represented by any digital image submitted. 

Pieces may not exceed 48 inches on the longest side (including frame).

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, collage, mixed media, monotype, 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:

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.

Paintings on canvas or wood do not need to be framed, but should have the sides painted or be otherwise clean and presented in a professional manner.

Shipping: 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 "Primary Colors Tracking."

Please avoid using packing peanuts/Styrofoam whenever possible.

Submission Fee: $20 for non-members, $15 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 additional entries on the checkout page. (Check the gray box on the left of the entry on the checkout page to make the white box appear).

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!

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. RIWS reserves the right to exclude any works deemed unacceptable as per the rules in the "Eligibilty" section of the application. 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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