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2019 NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition
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Entry Deadline: 8/1/19
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Entry Fee (Member Fee): $40.00
Entry Fee (Non-Member Fee): $50.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Minnesota


Fifth Annual NorthStar National Watermedia Juried Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 3-November 14, 2019

Deadline for Entries: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Midnight, August 1, 2019


Lakeville Area Arts Center is a state-of-the art gallery, theater, and educational resource center in the Twin Cities, located at 20965 Holyoke Ave. in Lakeville, Minnesota.  

2019 Exhibition Calendar

·         May 1 to August 1                              Entries accepted until midnight August 1

·         Tuesday, August 20                             Acceptance notification and shipping instructions

·         September 16-21                                  Shipped paintings received

·         Tuesday, October 1, 10am-1pm           Hand-delivered paintings received

·         Sunday, October 27, 2-4pm                  Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony

·         Friday, November 15, 10am-1pm          Pickup hand-delivered paintings

·         Friday, November 22                             Latest date unsold paintings shipped back 

NorthStar Watermedia Society will award a minimum of $4000 in cash and non-cash prizes for the 2019 National Exhibition. (In 2018, awards totaled $8930 in cash, product, and certificates.)

·         Best of Show - $1250

·         2nd Place - $1000

·         3rd Place - $750

·         Named awards and additional cash/product awards


Open to all artists 18 years or older. 

Entry Fee (non-refundable)

  • NorthStar Watermedia Society members: $40 for up to three images.
  • Non-members: $50 for up to three images.
  • Those wishing to join NorthStar may add $37 individual annual dues during the entry process (total $77). This would cover dues through the exhibition period, September 2019 through August 2020.
  • You need not be a NorthStar member to enter the National Exhibition, but you must be a NorthStar member if you hope for a possibility of signature status.

 Entry Procedure

  • All entries are handled by Entry deadline is midnight, August 1, 2019.
  • Registration is online only at See image guidelines at  for help properly sizing your images.
  • Each artist may submit up to three paintings; however, only one can be selected for the exhibition.
  • Show only the image, no frame or mat. The image must be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal).
  • No digital watermark may be shown in the image.
  • After a painting has been entered, its title and price may not be changed. Please price paintings considering  framing costs, applicable sales commissions (total 35% in 2019, see below), or as NFS.
  • Contact NorthStar Registration via email at for questions related to the Call For Entries.

 Specifications and Restrictions

  • All work submitted must be suitable for a family audience.
  • Entries limited to paintings in watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, water-soluble ink, and egg tempera.
  • Acceptable surfaces include paper, yupo, canvas, canvas board, or board.
  • Only the artist’s own hand painted papers may be used for collage.
  • No paintings accepted that use pastel, oil pastel, wax crayon, water soluble oil, alcohol inks, computer generated images, or any form of print reproduction.
  • Work and source material must be wholly original and not derived from any published images or other artists’ work.
  • Entries may not have been exhibited in any previous NorthStar Watermedia Society exhibition.
  • Maximum size, including frame, 42” in any direction. Maximum depth 3”.
  • There is no minimum size.
  • Framing or mounting is required for all paintings, except a gallery-wrap canvas finished on all sides as continuation of the image, or cradled Ampersand.
  • All paintings must be wired for hanging on the vertical sides of the frame. No saw tooth hangers allowed. Finished work to be suitable for hanging in a fine arts gallery.
  • If your painting requires a clear covering, you can use glass or plexiglass.
  • No work may be withdrawn before close of exhibition.
  • NorthStar cannot make special shipping arrangements.
  • Accepted painting must be same as entry.
  • If an accepted painting is not submitted for the show, the artist will be disqualified from entering any NorthStar National Watermedia Exhibition for three (3) consecutive years.


Lakeville Area Arts retains 25% on any sold artwork in the exhibition and NorthStar retains an additional 10% commission (total 35%). All insurance is the responsibility of the artist. 

Delivery of Artwork

  • Every artist whose painting is accepted will receive instructions for shipping or hand-delivery. Read the instructions carefully.
  • Hand-delivered artwork must include the following:
    • Gallery fee: $20 check made out to NorthStar Watermedia Society
  • Shipped Artwork must include ALL of the following:
    • Gallery fee: $20 check made out to NorthStar Watermedia Society
    • Handling fee: $60 check to Artists’ Choice for cartage and unpacking and repacking services
    • Prepaid return shipping label