The Annual Exhibitions are open to members only. If you're not a member but would like to join us, please read more!
We are grateful for the Johnston and Urbandale Library to host our miniature shows. Once the pandemic is over we will be hosting these shows again.
Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Exhibit Prospectus
Eligibility – Review these Requirements Carefully:
1. IWS Members Only (visit iowawatercolorsocietyorg to become a member)
2. Original Artwork Only
2a. Only done by you
2b. No copies of others artwork
2c. No work completed in workshops or with an instructor
2d. No copies of published photos
3. Recent Work
3a. Create in the last two years
3b. Not previously shown in an IWS show
4. Medium Restrictions
4a. Watercolor paint only
4b. Only removable resists used
4c. Standard watercolor paper only
4d. Preliminary sketching only – not used for shading of any kind
4e. Only transparent watercolor paint can be used in paintings to be considered for the “Transparent Watercolor Award.” No opaque watercolors and no gouache.
5. Presentation - Chosen art will only be exhibited if the below requirements are met
5a. Mat board must only be White or Off-White
5b. Thin color liner is acceptable
5c. Maximum frame size not to exceed 46” x 33”
5d. A sturdy wire hanger must be attached to the back of the frame and art must be ready to hang
5e. Paintings must be protected by non-breakable acrylic (i.e. plexiglass). Glass is not acceptable
Non-compliance with eligibility requirements may result in works being disqualified.
DIGITAL ENTRIES ONLY
1. Each artist may submit 1 or 2 paintings.
2. The photograph of your artwork must be of the unframed, unmated image. Use filtered natural light, as flash may be too harsh.
3. The painting’s photo orientation must be correct. The top of the painting must be up when the image is opened (not upside down or laying on its side).
4. Make sure your image is its best. Your image will be used for initial jurying, and for publicity throughout the following year.
5. File format must be in .jpg format
5a. No other formats will be accepted
5b. No larger than 500kb in size
6. Saved image file
6a. Rename Image: Title of painting Artist last name First name.jpg
6b. Images not renamed will not be submitted for consideration
6c. Example: Big Barn Jones Jane.jpg
Cash, gift certificates, and additional awards. The Juror will select both cash and honorable mention awards. Award jurying will be from actual paintings. The judge’s decisions are final.
There is a special award category for transparent watercolor paintings. Check the “Yes” box by “Transparent Watercolor Only” in the entry form to be entered. Only transparent watercolor paint can be used in paintings to be considered for the “Transparent Watercolor Award.” No opaque watercolors and no gouache.
All sales will be handled by the artist. LaPoste, Inc. or the Iowa Watercolor Society will not take any commissions from the sale. Paintings are to be sold at the price stated by the artist on the entry form. If not for sale, check NFS on the entry. Paintings are not insured by LaPoste, Inc. or the Iowa Watercolor Society. It is at the discretion of the artist to provide their own insurance. Traveling show sales are handled by the artist and the paintings sold must continue in the traveling show until the conclusion of the final exhibition of the traveling show.
No substitutions are permitted after the selections have been made by the judge.
Iowa Watercolor Society will assume the privilege of photographing, using any submission photos of paintings, or paintings entered in the exhibition for the purpose of publicity or reproduction in the exhibition catalog, the IWS website, the IWS Facebook page or other IWS social media pages. LaPoste, Inc. and the Iowa Watercolor Society reserve the right to reject any work that arrives damaged. All accepted paintings are eligible to be selected for the traveling show, and if chosen, are required to travel to the conclusion of the final exhibition.
Accepted artists will be notified by email. Instructions for shipping, hand delivery, and return of accepted artwork will be included.
Award-winning entries and other chosen work will be placed in the Traveling Show.
The present year's Exhibition art pieces and the prior year's Traveling Show art must be claimed on 9/22/19. All unclaimed art becomes the property of the Iowa Watercolor Society and will be disposed of as necessary.