Waterworks Unchained + ONLINE is the 2020 juried exhibition of work from our exceptionally talented NWWS members who reside across the U.S. and internationally. As NWWS is adapting to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 exhibition is an online exhibition only. We welcome Birgit O’Connor as our juror.
Our juror, Birgit O’Connor, selected paintings that beautifully embrace the glowing familiarity of traditional watercolor as well as paintings with a sense of exploration, with a bit of an edge. Members welcome the expanding possibilities of the new common, broader term, “watermedia”, without compromising the high exhibition standards that maintain NWWS as one of the country’s most respected art organizations. Enjoy the exhibition and return often to peruse these lovely paintings.
Special thanks to our exhibition co-chairs, Lisa Debaets and Jan Rinehart. Their energy shined through each and every day.
Unable to gather for an Awards Reception, our juror, Birgit O’Connor, has produced a video so you may listen to her comments on each of the accepted paintings and the award winners. Click below to view the video.

The prospectus for the 2021 members exhibition will be posted in November 2020.
The entry period for the 2020 Waterworks Unchained Exhibition is now closed. Thank you for your support for NWWS.

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.