Call Detail
Alaska Watercolor Society 46th Annual Juried Exhibition

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Alaska
Entry Deadline: 6/1/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Alaska Watercolor Society 46th Annual Juried Exhibition): $10.00

2020 Prospectus Calendar

  • June 1 - Entries must be received through by midnight MST (mountain standard time) on this date.
  • July 1 - Notifications e-mailed to artists for artwork accepted by juror Sue Archer. The list will be posted at Sue Archer then judges accepted works for Awards.
  • August 5 - Artists able to participate in the gallery show hand deliver their work to 2 Friends Gallery in Anchorage, Alaska
  • August 7 - The virtual exhibition is presented on along with Sue Archer’s exhibition remarks in video form.
  • August 7 - Opening reception 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at 2 Friends Gallery - First Friday
  • September 3 - By 5 p.m. artists pick up unsold paintings at 2 Friends Gallery

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 years or older, living in the United States. Paintings must be primarily aqua media (watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera, water based ink, and water soluble crayon or pencil) over any flat, two dimensional surface. Water-soluble oil media are not allowed. If pastel or paper collage (created by the artist) is used, they must be in conjunction with aqua media and the aqua media must be the dominant element. Work is limited to two entries per artist. Works previously shown in an AKWS juried exhibition are disqualified. Works must be original. Paintings done under instruction are allowed, if the choice and arrangement of the subject matter is solely the artist’s and the teacher has not painted on the artwork. Minimum image size 8X10 inches, maximum image size 22X30 inches, completed from June 1, 2018 onward

Submission information: All submissions will be through CaFE ( Digital entries must be received by June 1, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date. The nonrefundable entry fee for one or two paintings is $10. Payment can be made by credit card or PayPal. Do not send cash. All images must be correctly oriented (vertical and horizontal). Show the full picture without frame or mat. The digital photo must faithfully reproduce the original painting. Artists who do not wish to offer work for sale should list the price as ‘0’.

Framing: Accepted local artists who choose to display their paintings at 2 Friends Gallery must submit paintings that are matted and framed under clear glass or acrylic (plexiglass). Mat surface must be white or off-white. Colored inner mats are acceptable up to a maximum width of 0.5 in. Artwork must be presented in a professional manner. Frames should be no wider than 4 in, simple and consistent with framing seen in fine art galleries. Paintings must be prewired for hanging. No uniframes or saw-toothed hangers are allowed.

Delivery: All accepted entries must be hand-delivered to 2 Friends for hanging. The artist will need to complete the Gallery’s consignment form. Artwork shipped directly to the Alaska Watercolor Society or to the gallery will be returned to the artist unopened.

Conditions of Acceptance: Selection and invitation will be made by the Juror, Sue Archer, based on digital images submitted to Acceptance letters will be emailed the week of July 1st, 2020. Award selection will be made by the juror by July 15th and announced at the Virtual Opening August 7th. Any painting that does not comply with eligibility rules will be disqualified.

Sales: Only local works displayed at the gallery must be for sale. A 40% commission will be retained by 2 Friends Gallery on all paintings sold during the exhibition. AKWS cannot be responsible for the sale of artwork in the virtual exhibition, but will pass along all inquiries received to the artist.

Juror: Sue Archer, AWS, NWS, TWSA

Originally scheduled to be the AKWS 2020 workshop presenter, Sue Archer’s workshop has been rescheduled to August 2-6, 2021. Ms. Archer will jury the 2020 AKWS Annual Juried Exhibition as a virtual show. Once the paintings have been selected, she will determine the prizes.

About her work, Sue says: “Combining my enjoyment of the intricate process of drawing with the wet on wet techniques of watercolor is how I approach my painting. Most of my work is representational, depicting strong light and with an emphasis on color and design. Close-up and unusual view-points add an element of abstraction to the imagery, whether the subject is fruit, foliage, architecture or the figure. By simplifying a subject’s light and shadow patterns, I accentuate the dynamic interplay of positive and negative shapes.”

Sue’s award-winning paintings are exhibited in national, regional, and state competitions throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and South America. She has received numerous Best of Shows and first place awards in watercolor competitive exhibitions. She was the recipient of a Florida State Individual Artist Fellowship grant for painting.


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