EXHIBITIONS
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN EXHIBITION
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.
Upcoming jurors and workshop instruction:
2020 - Ron Stocke
2021 - Ted Nuttal
2022 - Stan Kurth
2023 - Andy Evansen
The 2020 International Open Prospectus will be available in April of 2020. 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 Ron Stocke as our 2020 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. The 2020 International Open Prospectus will be available in April of 2020. 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 - ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION
 
Waterworks Unchained is the 2020 juried exhibition of work from our exceptionally talented NWWS members who reside across the U.S. and internationally. In 2020, we welcome Birgit O'Connor 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 Members 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 2020 Waterworks Unchained Members Exhibition Prospectus is available below.

Entry into the 2020 Waterworks Unchained Exhibition is for current NWWS Members, please ensure that you are logged in to the website.
With great pleasure, we congratulate the 51 artists whose paintings were accepted into the 2019 Waterworks Amplified Exhibition.

The Waterworks Amplified Awards Reception was held on the evening of October 24, 2019 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
NWWS members who have achieved the level of Signature Membership are celebrated each 2 to 3 years with a Signature Membership 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.
To learn more about Signature Membership requirements, click here.
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.