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43rd Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition
Foothills Art Center
Attn: RMNW
809 15th Street
Golden, CO 80401

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 6/3/16
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (43rd Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition): $40.00
43rd Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition
Submission Deadline: 
May 17, 2016 (mail in)

May 24, 2016 (online)
Exhibition Dates: September 17 – October 23, 2016

The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia (RMNW) exhibition, in its 43rd year, is presented by Foothills Art Center (FAC) in Golden, Colorado.  RMNW attracts entrants and jurors from throughout the United States, and is regarded as one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the country.

2016 JUROR
FAC is pleased to announce that internationally known painter, juror, and teacher, Katherine Chang Liu will serve as the juror for the 43rd annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Ms. Liu was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. She received a full scholarship to U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her M.S. in science. However, she has studied art formally and informally all of her life, leading to grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission of Arts and Humanities. Her work can be found in over 1,100 public, private and corporate art collections and she has been featured in 40 books and 98 magazine or newspaper articles. In 2012 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Watercolor USA Honor Society. 
Ms. Liu will offer a lecture in the Petersen Classroom at FAC on Sunday, July 31, 2016, 2:00pm. The lecture is free for FAC members and $5 for non-members. Additionally, Ms. Liu will lead a critique on August 1, 2016, 10:00am – 1:00pm. The critique is $27 for members, $30 for non-members, and $5 for spectators.
The 2016 Master Watercolor Workshop, Back to Basics, What Works and Why?, will be taught by Peggy Morgan Stenmark September 20-22, 2016. Master workshops tend to fill up quickly so do not wait to register.

For more information about our educational programming and to register, visit our website at, and click on Education. The lecture is located under Events and the critique and workshop are under Adult Classes. Or, you may contact our Education Coordinator, Eriq Hochuli, at or (303) 279-3922 ext. 32.
May 17, 2016: Deadline for receipt of mailed-in entries
May 24, 2016: Deadline for receipt of online (CaFE) entries
June 22, 2016: Juror selections announced and artists notified via email
July 11, 2016: Deadline for accepted artists’ contracts and all materials (artist’s statement, bio/resume, and photograph)
July 11 – 19, 2016: Shipped works will be accepted
July 17, 2016 (10:00-12:00): Hand-delivered works will be accepted
July 31, 2016 (2:00 pm): Katherine Chang Liu lecture
August 1, 2016 (10:00-1:00): Critique with Katherine Chang Liu
September 16 (5:00-8:00): Member Preview and Artist Reception
September 17 - October 23: Exhibition Dates
September 20-22: Master Workshop with Peggy Morgan Stenmark
October 24, 2016 (1:00-3:00): Pick-up of unsold artwork
October 28, 2016: Unsold artwork shipped to artist

  • Open to all artists residing in the United States.
  • Each artist may enter up to 3 paintings for consideration. Accepted artists will only have 1 painting in the exhibition.
  • Paintings must be an aqueous medium on watercolor papers, watercolor canvas, watermedia boards such as Aquabord, Claybord, Gessobord, Yupo, illustration boards, panels (egg tempra). Non-watercolor canvas is not permitted. Computer‐generated works or Giclee prints are also not permitted. All collage materials must be painted by the artist.
  • All entries must be one‐of‐a‐kind.
  • Artworks must have been painted in the last two years, and may not have been shown previously in any exhibition at FAC.
  • Minimum image size is 80 square inches (multiply length x width). Maximum size is limited to 72” in either direction.
  • Your source material must be your own design or made from your own photograph.
  • If accepted, the painting shipped must be the same as the image submitted.
  • All shipped artwork will be charged a $25 handling fee.
  • Detailed instructions will be sent with notification of acceptance.
  • All artists shipping work must provide a pre‐paid return-shipping label. Unsold work will not be returned without a prepaid return-shipping label.
  • FAC is not responsible for damage or loss during transport.
  • FAC provides insurance for artworks while on premises.
FAC produces a beautiful full color catalog featuring the artwork in the exhibition and indicating the award winners. All artists who are accepted into the exhibition will receive one complimentary catalog. Additional copies of the catalog may be purchased for $12.90 (includes tax) plus shipping.

In 2015, FAC awarded over $10,000 in cash and merchandise to exhibition artists.

All paintings must be available for sale during the exhibition. Please note that FAC retains a 40% commission on all art sales. Prices may not be changed after submission. Payment for sold artwork will be issued 30 days after the close of the exhibition.

Submission to this juried exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. FAC reserves the right to final curatorial, educational, installation and marketing decisions.

You must first prepare your images before entering.
  1. File format: JPEG only
  2. File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
  3. File size: 5 MB maximum
  4. File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  5. Image name: must include the title of the artwork
  6. Orientation: ensure your image is properly oriented (vertical or horizontal)
  7. Show only the image, no frame or mat
  8. No digital enhancement to the image is allowed
  9. No slides or photographs will be accepted
  10. It is in your best interest to submit a high resolution, high quality image
FAC encourages all entrants to review the instructions and tutorials for formatting images and entering before beginning the actual entry process. The following are tools available to help format digital entries: ONLINE ENTRIES
Prepare your digital image before you apply through
If entrants have not registered previously with CaFE, setting up a portfolio is free of charge
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