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National Juried Water + Color Painting Exhibit
Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: California
Event Dates: 1/1/19 - 1/1/19
Entry Deadline: 1/3/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (National Juried Water + Color Painting exhibit): $50.00

Water + Color National Juried Exhibition 2020
$10,000 Cash Awards


The Pence Gallery announces a new exhibit that celebrates the vibrancy of the watercolor medium in contemporary art. Juried by Sandy Delehanty, “Water + Color National Juried Exhibition 2020” is open to all artists residing in the U.S. who are working in watercolor and gouache on paper or Yupo.  No other surfaces are accepted, and no acrylic, pastels, collage, digital images, or any form of print or reproductions are allowed. All work must be completed within the last five years.  The maximum outside dimensions of the frame must not exceed 48” wide. All paintings must be framed behind glass or plexiglass; however, plexiglass is required on all shipped paintings. Frames must be wired with raw ends of wire taped to prevent injury to handlers.  Works with protruding nails, staples, or saw-tooth hangers will NOT be accepted.


Applicants must submit between 1-6 digital images of work to be juried at and pay a fee of $40 (for Pence members) or $50 (for non-members). Artwork that differs from images submitted will NOT be shown.


Prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artists at the discretion of the Juror.


Accepted work may be hand-delivered to the Pence Gallery in Davis, California between February 5-6, or shipped (insured by the artist) to arrive at the Pence Gallery by February 6. Expenses for shipping to and from the Pence Gallery are the responsibility of the artist.


The Pence Gallery will insure all artwork while it is on the premises, through April 2nd. Each artist must complete an artist’s contract when their work is accepted.  


Sandy Delehanty has exhibited her paintings in over twenty-five solo gallery shows and in many more group shows. Her paintings have been juried into more than fifty national and international competitions, including the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York City in 2018 and 2019. Her watercolors have also been featured in five national juried museum exhibits. She was awarded California Watercolor Association Signature Status in 2011, and American Women Artist Signature Status in 2018. She serves on the Board of Directors of The American Women Artists. As a watercolor workshop instructor, Sandy has taught in Bali, France, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Hawaii and California. She lives in Northern California and is represented by Sparrow Gallery in Sacramento, and Art Obsessions Gallery in Truckee. 


Located in Davis, California, the Pence is a nonprofit art gallery established in 1975. The Pence’s mission is to educate and inspire the community by exhibiting high caliber art by local and regional artists. This exhibit will be displayed in the Main and Community Galleries, measuring 1600 sq. ft., with 12 foot high ceilings.


January 3: All submissions are due online by 9 PM PST at

January 9: Notification of acceptance

February 5-6: Drop off of accepted work at Pence Gallery, 11:30 AM-4:30 PM

February 6: Shipping deadline for accepted work

February 14-March 31: Exhibition dates, 11:30 AM-5PM (closed Mondays)

Friday, February 14: Reception, 6-9 PM (awards at 7:30 PM)

Sunday, March 1: Juror Talk by Sandy Delehanty, 2 PM

April 1-2: Pick up of exhibited work, 11:30 AM-5 PM (if not shipping)


Sales are encouraged. The artist must indicate on the entry form whether or not the work is for sale. The Pence Gallery will retain a 40% commission on all work sold. Prices quoted on the entry form may not be changed after acceptance into the show.

For more information, please contact Katharine Schultz, Education & Development Associate, Pence Gallery, 530-758-3370, at

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bob & Joanne Andresen.

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