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.

The entry period for the 2020 Waterworks Unchained Exhibition is now closed. Accepted Artists List will be posted on March 20, 2020. Thank you for your support for NWWS.

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.