EXHIBITIONS
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN EXHIBITION
2019 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
Exhibition Dates:  April 29 - July 11, 2019
Location:  Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133
Hours:  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Note: Not open on weekends)
The most notable juried exhibition sponsored by the NWWS is the Annual International Open Exhibition. Painters in water media, including watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and egg tempera are eligible to enter. The exhibition has grown tremendously in size and reputation since its inception in 1940, with annual awards totaling over $10,000. It attracts talented painters from across the US and internationally. The full color catalog produced to accompany the exhibit showcases the entire range of water-based media being created by contemporary artists each year.
Beginning in 2020, the NWWS Annual International Open Exhibition will move to the month of October. We will welcome internationally know artist Ron Stocke as our juror.
The 2019 International Open Prospectus is now available. Notable changes in the prospectus include the option for accepted entries to frame their paintings without glass, additional painting substrates that are now accepted, and updated information on participation in the available temporary framing program. Thank you for carefully reviewing the prospectus before entering.
NWWS will welcome Don Andrews as our 2019 juror and workshop instructor.
We look forward to receiving your entry for this internationally respected exhibition.

The entry period for the 79th NWWS International Open Exhibition is now closed. Award winners will be posted on May 3, 2019. Thank you for your support for NWWS.

Click the button below to find the list of the artists accepted into the 2019 Annual International Open Exhibition.

Click the button below to find the list of very deserving award winning paintings from the 2019 Annual International Exhibition.

A. The Co-Chairs of the Annual International Open Exhibition, along with the NWWS president, choose one painting to receive the “Purchase Award” from paintings that are part of the exhibition. Accepted artists may choose to have their work be available for this $1,000 award but are not required to do so. Most artists elect to make their work available for this prestigious award and are honored to become part of the NWWS Permanent Collection.

A. There are many skills used and decisions made when one creates a painting, with the selection of subject matter being one of the first. An original painting includes originality of inspiration and is not borrowed from someone else’s photograph. Read a larger article about this topic here: Understanding Originality for Exhibitions

A. NWWS seeks out the best, most respected jurors to curate exhibitions. While each juror has personal criteria, each knows that the most successful exhibitions are a balance of subject matter and style while showcasing the most worthy paintings. This article, written by NWWS member , Sarah Love, provides insight into the jury process: How to Get Into a Juried Art Show – Tips from Six Well-Known Jurors.

Look at the “important dates” in the prospectus and find the date that the accepted entries will be posted on the website. If your name is on the accepted entries list on the website on that date, you will also be sent an acceptance package through email with additional information.

If you need assistance with sizing or color correction, there are several websites that offer image editing software. Pixlr has been successfully used by members to prepare a painting image for entry into an exhibition.
Have your image photographed and available to import into the software at this website and follow the websites instructions.

WATERWORKS AMPLIFIED - ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION
The Next Members Exhibition, Waterworks Amplified, is from 10/15/19 to 11/22/19
Location: Tsuga Fine Art & Framing, 10101 Main St., Bothell, WA 98011
Waterworks Amplified is the 2019 juried exhibition of work from our exceptionally talented NWWS members who reside across the U.S. and internationally. This year, we welcome Soon Y. Warren as our juror and workshop instructor.
Awards total up to $5,000 in cash and merchandise.
NWWS is excited to announce several modifications to the requirements for entering, including:
  • Paintings are no longer required to be exhibited under glass, allowing for many creative framing options.
  • A wider variety of painting substrates are allowed.
  • The minimum size has been reduced to 7” on any one side.
  • Members may enter one, two, or three paintings.
Note that starting in 2020, the annual Waterworks Exhibition will move from the Fall to the Spring; therefore, we will begin the new schedule with a Waterworks Exhibition in April of 2020. The Annual International Open Exhibition will be in the Fall of 2020.
The 2019 Waterworks Amplified Members Exhibition Prospectus is now available.
All NWWS members are invited to enter.
To enter, you must be registered for the website and logged in as a member.

With great pleasure, we congratulate the 46 artists whose paintings were accepted into the 2018 Waterworks Unplugged Exhibition.

The Waterworks Unplugged Awards Reception was held on the evening of Oct. 25, 2018 at Tsuga Gallery, Bothell, WA. Guests enjoyed outstanding paintings from our members and socialized with wine and appetizers before the awards were presented to the very deserving winners. Congratulations to all of them!

A. There are many skills used and decisions made when one creates a painting, with the selection of subject matter being one of the first. An original painting includes originality of inspiration and is not borrowed from someone else’s photograph. Read a larger article about this topic here: Understanding Originality for Exhibitions

A. NWWS seeks out the best, most respected jurors to curate exhibitions. While each juror has personal criteria, each knows that the most successful exhibitions are a balance of subject matter and style while showcasing the most worthy paintings. This article, written by NWWS member , Sarah Love, provides insight into the jury process: How to Get Into a Juried Art Show – Tips from Six Well-Known Jurors.

Look at the “important dates” in the prospectus and find the date that the accepted entries will be posted on the website. If your name is on the accepted entries list on the website on that date, you will also be sent an acceptance package through email with additional information. Only those who are accepted are specially notified.

If you need assistance with sizing or color correction, there are several websites that offer image editing software. Pixlr has been successfully used by members to prepare a painting image for entry into an exhibition.
Have your image photographed and available to import into the software at this website and follow the websites instructions.
SIGNATURE MEMBERS EXHIBITION
THE NEXT NWWS SIGNATURE EXHIBITION WILL BE JULY 11 - OCTOBER 6, 2019 AT THE WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER.
NWWS members who have achieved the level of Signature Membership are celebrated at this outstanding, bi-annual exhibition.
Signature Membership is open to members in good standing and is achieved after being accepted into two Waterworks Exhibitions and one Annual International Open Exhibition, or two Annual International Open Exhibitions.
We are proud to announce that the next Signature Members Exhibition will be in the summer of 2019 at the Washington State Convention Center. The exhibition will hang from early July through early October. The Convention Center is a prestigious, sought after venue in the heart of downtown Seattle, WA and bustles with tourists and those attending events held in this beautiful, contemporary building.
Those who have achieved NWWS Signature Membership are invited to submit their work for this very special exhibition.
Artists exhibiting in the 2019 Signature Exhibition.
The NWWS Signature Exhibition represents outstanding work from our Signature Members. Some paintings warrant further special recognition and we are pleased to present these exceptional paintings.
If you need assistance with sizing or color correction, there are several websites that offer image editing software. Pixlr has been successfully used by members to prepare a painting image for entry into an exhibition.
Have your image photographed and available to import into the software at this website and follow the websites instructions.
WIDE WORLD OF ART EXHIBITIONS
NWWS is happy to provide information and links to many galleries and art organizations that offer exhibition opportunities, workshops, and many other benefits.

NWWS is happy to provide information and links to many galleries and art competitions that may offer you the perfect opportunity to exhibit.
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society - Aqueous International Exhibition
Mt. Si Artist Guild Small Works Show
50th Annual Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition
PARKLANE GALLERY'S 26th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE SHOW
West Seattle Garden Tour Art Competition
118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper
Online Juried Shows
Richeson 75 - Competitions
Professional Artist - Competitions
CaFE for Artists - Competitions
Side Arts - Calls for Artists
Entry Thingy for Artists
artavita
Juried Art Services

The below organizations offer a variety of exhibition, educational, and other events and their websites are filled with valuable information.