The Next Waterworks Unplugged Exhibition Will Open in October, 2019
Waterworks Unplugged is the name of the annual, juried exhibition of work from our exceptionally talented NWWS members. Juried by an internationally known artist and instructor, the awards total over $4,000 in cash and merchandise.
Beginning in 2018, NWWS no longer required accepted paintings to be exhibited under glass, allowing for many creative framing options and also began allowing a wider variety of painting substrates. The 2018 exhibition at Tsuga Gallery, Bothell, WA, was a beautiful integration of paintings exhibited under traditional glass and paintings exhibited without glass.
Note that starting in 2020, the NWWS Annual International Open Exhibition will move from a Spring exhibition to an Autumn exhibition.
The 2019 Waterworks Unplugged Prospectus will be available in June of 2019.
All NWWS members are invited to enter.
To enter, you must be registered for the website and logged in as a member.
The entry form for the 2019 Waterworks Unplugged will be available in June of 2019. Please check back!

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.

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. 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.