Call Detail
National Watercolor Exhibition
Entry Deadline: 8/27/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $30.00
Media Fee(Media Fee): $5.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Kansas
Event Dates: 10/6/23 - 12/16/23

Calling all watercolorists! The National Watercolor Exhibition is open to all artists living and working in the United States, both amateur and professional. We are pleased to announce that this exhibition will be juried by Carrie Waller. The exhibition will be on view from October 6 - December 16 in our Gladys and Karl T. Wiedemann Gallery.


August 27                        Online registration closes at 11:59 pm. MST

September 14                 Result Notification emails

September 22                 Deadline for receipt of shipped artwork

October 6                        Opening Reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with remarks
October 6-7                     Artisan Academy with Carrie Waller at Mark Arts (optional)

December 16                  Exhibition concludes

December 19-20            Hand-delivered artwork picked up

December 22                  Shipped artwork returned

Mark Arts is proud to offer enticing cash awards to attract leading artists from across the country. 
$3,000 in Cash Awards will be awarded and numerous Patron Purchase Awards are anticipated. 

Mark Arts publishes an illustrated catalog with all accepted entries. A complimentary copy will be mailed to each entrant.

Carrie Waller is a watercolor artist working in a realistic, detailed style. Her studies in Interior Design and Graphic Design as well as her time spent living in Europe and Asia have influenced her as an artist. Carrie currently works from her Texas studio after returning this summer from Tokyo, Japan where she resided for the last 8 years. Her unique works are bold, vibrant and dramatic.

Carrie has won numerous awards and has been published in many publications including the Watercolor Artist Magazine, The Art of Watercolor, Pratique des Arts, Artist’s and Illustrators, International Artist’s Magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Artist’s Magazine and Splash, The Best of Watercolor series, 14 and 16 through 23. Her works have been exhibited all over the world most recently at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kyoto Kyocera Museum, and the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum.  She has also exhibited in Thessaloniki, Greece, Fabriano, Italy, Santa Marta, Colombia, London, England, Shenzhen, China, Brussels, Belgium, and the Salmagundi Club, New York.  Carrie won the $10,000 Grand Prize in the American Women Artist's 2020 Museum Competition. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Mid-Southern Watercolorists and Watercolor Honor Society. She teaches workshops, online and in person and is an ambassador for Daniel Smith Watercolors.

Regarding her work, Carrie says “I have always had a fascination with watercolor.  The difficulty of the medium challenges me and the transparent layering cannot be replicated with any other medium.  I challenge myself to push the medium by creating saturated colors and let the white of the paper sparkle through to create my dramatic lights.  I love the process of being a still life painter.  My intention is for the viewer to be captivated by the beauty and light of the piece and for it to give them an amazing visual experience.  My goal is to make the ordinary, extraordinary.”

Application Requirements

Only original paintings in water media on paper are acceptable. Each entry must be wholly designed and executed by the artist. No computer-generated images accepted. Your source material must be your own design or your own photograph. Prints, copies, photolithographic or computer-generated artwork are not eligible. Collage elements must be less than 10% and comprised of water media on paper. Minimum image size is 8 x 10 inches. All artworks must be display-ready with display hardware included. All work should be framed, and preferably matted and glazed with Plexiglas.

Eligibility Criteria

Mark Arts encourages artists of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to submit work for consideration. The exhibition is open to all artists living and working in the United States, both amateur and professional. Work must be ready to exhibit, created in the past three years, and not previously exhibited in a Mark Arts exhibition. Each artist may enter up to four pieces. All artworks must be for sale.

All accepted entries included in the exhibition shall be available for sale. Mark Arts may advise on pricing the work, but the Artist reserves the right to make the final decision. Exhibited work shall be sold only through Mark Arts during the exhibition period, and Mark Arts shall take commission on any sales at the rate of 40% of the sale price; the sale price less commission shall be paid to the Artist upon the collection of all unsold work after the exhibition. The sales price that the artist submits with their entry fee should factor in the commission. Local sales taxes are added to all in-state sales, and they are the responsibility of the buyer. Artist represents and warrants to Mark Arts that Artist owns the work and has the unrestricted right to exhibit and sell the work at Mark Arts and to otherwise fulfil the Artist's obligations under this agreement.