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. This award does not apply to any other NWWS exhibitions. 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.