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46th International Watermedia Exhibition
Entry Deadline: 1/13/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry fee for first piece 45th International Watermedia Exhibition): $40.00
Media Fee(Additional fee per entry): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Texas
Event Dates: 3/7/23 - 3/30/23
Jury Dates: 1/14/23 - 1/28/23

The 46th Annual International Watermedia Exhibition (IWE) is Houston's premier watermedia event, showcasing the excellence of artists from around the world in a gallery exhibit held in Houston's popular Museum District. In March 2023, entries selected by widely sought-after exhibit juror and judge, Brenda Swenson, will receive maximal exposure in a month-long gallery exhibit as well as an online exhibit that will last through the end of the year.  Additionally, participants have opportunity to win awards totaling more than $10,000.            


                                Juried and judged

           46th Annual International Watermedia Exhibition

                                      March 2023

Online registration begins:                             September 14, 2022

Online registration closes:           January 13, 2023, 11:59pm MST

Gallery Reception:               March 5, 2023, Sunday, 3:30 pm CST

Juror and Judge:                                             Brenda Swenson

Prizes:                                                 More than $10,000 in awards

Designations:                   Earn Signature and Signature Elite status

IWE Chairperson:                                             Donna Van Fleet 

Contact Info: or (713) 942-9966                         

Juror and Judge Brenda Swenson  Brenda Swenson is a highly sought-after exhibition juror and judge, an acclaimed workshop instructor and the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her artwork has been featured in countless books and magazines (Splash, Best of Watercolor, An Illustrated Journey, Creative Freedom, Complete Guide to Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air magazine and numerous other publications), and she has achieved signature status in WW-M, NWWS, SDWS and CWA. An active participant in the arts community, Brenda has served on the Boards of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.


                           More than $10,000 in cash awards

1st Place $2,500

2nd Place $1,500

3rd Place $1,250

Odette Rubin Memorial Award $1000

Margaret Bock Award $500

Jack Bowen Award $500

Hebert Family Award $500

Directors Award $500

Special Merit Award $200

Up to ten Merit Awards of $150 each

. . . and more.

Taxation:  US residents for tax purposes who receive $600 or more in awards and/or sales must complete a Form W-9 and will receive a Form 1099 in January 2024.  US residents will be paid via check.

Entrants who are not US residents for tax purposes must complete a Form W-8 BEN (which will be emailed with instructions for completion). Withholding tax will be made from awards in accordance with US tax laws and any existing tax treaty with the entrant's country of residence.   Due to tax withholding, awards will be cash awards only and not gift certificates. No withholding is required on proceeds of a sold painting that was painted outside of the US.  Payments to non-US residents will be made via wire transfer.

                Signature and Elite Signature Status

Signature status and Elite Signature status are honorifics awarded to artists whose works have been selected for multiple years' participation in the WAS-H IWE.  Signature artists have exhibited their work in three IWEs; Elite Signature artists have exhibited their work in five or more IWEs.  Once designated, artists may add the credential "WAS-H" after their signature to indicate their status.

To be eligible, an artist must be a WAS-H member at the time their works are accepted into the IWEs, however, there is no requirement for an artist to retain ongoing membership in WAS-H. A "Signature Status Artist" retains that honorific for life regardless of membership.

Application Requirements

                                   HOW TO ENTER

WAS-H uses (CaFE) to manage this Exhibition, and all entries are submitted online via CaFE.  To enter, artists must have a CaFE profile, which is easy to create online. Once a profile is set up, artists can upload their artwork as digital files and enter the 2023 IWE Call-for-Entry.

 Entry Regulations

 RegulationAdditional specifications
AgeArtists must be 18 years of age or older. 
EnteringAll entries are submitted online via CaFE ( up a profile at
Number of entriesUp to three entries per artist may be submitted.Only one entry/artist may be selected by the Juror for the Exhibition.   
Entry fees

1 entry    = $40

2 entries = $55

3 entries = $70

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility Regulations

 RegulationAdditional specifications
AgeArtists must be 18 years of age or older. 
Age of artworkOnly works created within 24 months of the entry deadline are eligible.Entry deadline is 1/13/2023.
Original artwork

Paintings must be artists' original work.

Reference photo(s) may be used only if the photo(s) were taken by the artist.

  Not created in class, from DVD or from other instruction.

Not copies or giclees.

Not created from photos taken by others.


At least 80% water media:

watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, casein, ink.

No water miscible oil.
SurfacePaper, Yupo, Claybord, Aquabord, Gessobord and paper-based board (illustration or art board).No canvas.

Surface size  

(measured height x width inside the window created by the mat)




No smaller than 9 1/4 inches or 23.5 centimeters on any side.

When submitting images online, it is extremely important to enter correct dimensions not including the frame and mat


Artworks are measured for compliance when received in the gallery.


Maximum framed sizeIncluding the frame, no larger than 48 inches or 122 centimeters in any direction. 

Framing and Matting Regulations

 RegulationAdditional specifications
FramingArtwork must be matted and framed.

Liners and mats must be white, not white-toned.

Mat cores must be white.

No colored liners or mats. 

Framing exception for cradled panelsCradled panels made of Claybord, Aquabord or Gessobord must have finished sides.

Flat panels without a frame are not acceptable.


Frame colorsWood or metal frames – simple, not embellished.  Frames must be one color.Only black, brown, white, gold- or silver-toned.
Frame thicknessNo thicker than 2.0 inches/5.08 centimeters.Measured from front.
Hanging wireFrames and cradled panels must be strung on the back with wire for hanging.No sawtooth hangers.
StabilityFrames must be stable and undamaged.Artwork in unstable frames will be disqualified.



Artwork must be protected by Plexiglass® for framed work or varnish for cradled panels.No glass allowed.
Display-readyWork must be ready to hang when received by the gallery.

                              HOW TO PARTICIPATE

All artists will be notified whether or not their artwork is selected by the Juror to participate in the Exhibition.  If your artwork is selected by the Juror to participate, you will receive an Invitation. Congratulations!  Promptly accept your Invitation, pack your artwork and send it to Houston.

Invitation, Shipping and Hanging Regulations

 RegulationAdditional specifications





Notifications sent 1/31/23.

Artists whose works were selected by the Juror will

receive an Invitation.

All artists will be notified whether or not their work is selected to participate.


Accept invitation




2/10/23 deadline

By deadline, invited artists must accept or decline their Invitation to participate.


Lack of response from artist will be treated as declining the Invitation.



Agree to onlineexhibition


Invited artists must agree to participate in the onlineexhibition as well.


If artist declines online exhibition, they forfeit eligibility for gallery participation and awards.

Selected artwork



Selected artwork must be the same as the digital picture originally entered online.


No substitutions.

Registration information cannot be changed at this time. This includes the price, title and entry size.



Shipping period  is

2/14/23 - 2/28/23

Shipping instructions will be provided in the Invitation.


Artists are responsible for all shipping fees and must include pre-paid return shipping labels.


Days/times for deliveries



Deliveries can be accepted

Tuesday – Saturday
10 am – 3 pm


Deliveries at other times might be left unattended outside.



Delivery deadline






Paintings received after the deadline will not be in the Exhibition.  No exceptions.







Works are uncrated and closely examined for compliance with Prospectus




Screening committee has the final say regarding disqualifications.

Disqualified works are shipped back to their artists.



Hanging in gallery



WAS-H will determine the location of hanging for all artworks.


Special requests by artists are not permitted.



Duration of Exhibition




3/7/23 - 3/30/23

Artwork must remain on display in the gallery for the duration of the Exhibition.



Removal of artwork prior to Exhibition closing will result in penalties assessed by WAS-H and disqualification to enter future shows.


Handling fees



$25 for hand-delivered work $50 for shipped works.




Sales of paintings during the Exhibition will be handled by WAS-H on behalf of the artist.  Interested buyers may call the gallery at 713-942-9966 or send an email to

 Sales Regulations

 RegulationAdditional specifications

Price includes frame.

The sales price is specified in the initial entry and may not be changed.

Not-for-sale paintings are to be entered with a zero (0) price.    
DiscountWAS-H reserves the right to negotiate up to a 10% discount to close a sale.  
WAS-H donationWAS-H receives a donation of 25% for paintings sold during the Exhibition. 
Sales taxSales tax is charged for all sales regardless of artworks' country of origin.

Sales tax is 8.25%.


Sold paintingSold paintings may not be removed from the gallery until the Exhibition closes.

Paintings are released

March 31, 2023, at

10 am CST.

Shipping and delivery of sold paintings

Artist is responsible for any

shipping costs or delivery fees.



                              IWE Calendar

Phase IOnline9/14/22 - 1/13/23Artists enter works for consideration.

Phase II



1/14/23 - 1/28/23


Juror determines which entries will be Invited to participate.


Phase III Notification








Artists are notified via email whether paintings are accepted or not into the Exhibition.


Phase IV

Invitation Acceptance

2/10/23 (deadline)

Invited artists accept or decline the Invitation to participate.

Artists also agree to participate in the online exhibition.

Phase V


Houston Gallery







2/14/23 - 2/28/23Artists pack and send original artwork ready to hang.


Phase VI







Artwork is uncrated and examined for compliance.

Disqualified works are shipped back to artists.

Phase VII


3/4/23Judge selects winners and winners are notified.

Phase VIII




Winners are announced, followed by Awards Reception.


Phase IX



3/7/23 - 3/30/23

3/5/23 - 12/31/23

Gallery Exhibition is open to the public.

Online exhibition is available through end of the year.