Call Detail
Southwestern Watercolor Society 57th Annual Member Exhibition

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Texas
Entry Deadline: 6/30/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Southwestern Watercolor Society): $45.00

for the 
57th Annual Member Exhibition 
of the Southwestern Watercolor Society

Blue House Too Gallery
988 Village Green Drive, Allen, TX 75013
September 2 – October 3, 2020


The Southwestern Watercolor Society

The Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) is a prestigious national organization celebrating its 57th anniversary, with approximately 460 members throughout the United States. Information about SWS may be found on our website and in our monthly newsletter at, and on Facebook.



The SWS Annual Member Exhibition is open to all SWS members in good standing. Membership dues for 2020-21 must be paid by using either PayPal (the preferred method) at under the Join drop down menu, or by check sent to SWS Treasurer Pam Wilson at 8405 Ardsley Place, McKinney, TX, 75072. Membership dues must be received by June 30, 2020 before registration for the exhibition closes at 11:59 pm CST. You may join now or at the time of entry.


Entry Fees

One nonrefundable entry fee of $45.00 is due for the submission of up to three paintings. Entry fees must be paid online through the call for entry (CaFE) website  Applying is a three-stage process: upload your paintings at My Portfolio, apply to the SWS Annual Member Exhibition at Apply to Calls, and then complete and pay your entry fee at Checkout.


Juror of Selection and Awards – Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS

Steve Rogers is an award-winning representational and abstract artist with more than 30 years of experience in teaching workshops around the world. “My purpose as a representational artist is to portray the beauty of light and color in God's world as I experience it within my heart.” Many of Rogers’ images are watercolors he has painted since his first trip to the Mediterranean in 1992. “...I have been able to paint this beautiful land not as one who sees it every day, but as a 'visitor,' who is awestruck by something fresh and new, and at the same time, very ancient.” Rogers’ intuitive abstract paintings are inspired by the plein air locations that he teaches in around the world; his vision is to paint the emotional and spiritual feeling of a place.


A Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the National Watercolor Society (NWS), Rogers won the NWS Annual Juried Exhibition Purchase Award Winner Best of Show in 2006. In addition, Rogers’ paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions over his career, including four awards in the AWS Annual International Exhibition. His artwork was featured on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor Magazine in the Winter 2007 issue. Steve Rogers has made a career of painting since 1975, and lives with his artist wife, Janet Rogers, in Florida. To learn more, go to

Over $8,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded at the discretion of the Juror.

Naomi Brotherton Best of Show


Edgar A. Whitney Award*


1st Place Award


2nd Place Award


3rd Place Award


* For transparent watercolor only.


Exhibition Calendar

Call for Entries Opens

Friday, May 1, 2020 - entries accepted at

Call for Entries Closes    

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 11:59 pm CST

Preview Party

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, 2:00-4:00 pm*

Acceptance Notification

Sunday, July 19, 2020, via email

Deadline to Receive Shipped Art

Friday, August 28, 2020 - from artists to shipping agent Navis Pack & Ship

Deadline for Hand-Delivered Art

Monday, August 31, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Navis Pack & Ship Delivery  

Monday, August 31, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Art Hung

Monday/Tuesday, August 31/September 1, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery

Show Opens     

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, 4:00-8:00 pm 

Jury of Awards Selection

Monday, September 7, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, TBD

Awards Reception 

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, 4:00-6:00 pm

Show Closes

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, 9:00 pm

Pick-up Hand-Delivered Art 

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - Blue House Too Gallery, 1:00-6:00 pm**

Shipped Art Returned

Monday, October 5, 2020 - from Navis Pack & Ship to artists, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

* Blue House Too Gallery, 988 Village Green Drive, Allen, TX 75013

**Artists who do not pick up their entries by this deadline will be charged a storage fee of $10.00 per day.


Requirements and Restrictions – Please pay close attention.

      1. Only one entry per artist will be accepted into the show. Each artist may enter up to three paintings.


      2.  All work must be painted after January 1, 2018 (this restriction is strictly enforced), and must be original water media on paper or Yupo. Accepted water media include watercolors, acrylics, inks, gouache, casein, egg tempera, watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons.


     3.  Your entry must be an original work of art, painted only by you, and not produced   in a class or workshop. Photo reference material must have been taken by you.

     4.  No digital media, photography, prints or reproductions may be a physical part of the painting.


     5.  No diptychs or triptychs are accepted.


     6.  No paintings of nudes are accepted.


     7.  Collage materials must be painted with a water medium by the artist. Collage build-ups must not be greater than the thickness of the collage paper and must not exceed ¼-inch.


     8.  The minimum accepted painted image size - without mat or frame - is 100 square inches (h x w), e.g., 10” x 10”.


     9.  Maximum outside framed size is 46” in either direction. Simple frames are encouraged. Damaged frames will not be hung.


     10.  The mat must be single and white or off-white. Colored or beige mats will not be accepted. Mats must be clean without blemishes or damage.

     11.  Media must be under clear, unscratched Plexiglas. Glass will not be accepted or hung.

     12.  Framed works must be wired, ready to hang, with backing. No saw-tooth hangers will be accepted.  Please use D-rings instead of screw eyes.

     13.  Entries received after the designated hand-delivery or shipped-art deadlines will not be judged. Hand-delivered entries must be picked up on Sunday, October 4, by 6:00 pm. Artists who do not pick up their entries by this deadline will be charged a storage fee of $10.00 per day.

     14.  Art must hang in the show for the duration of the show. If not presented for hanging or judging, or if removed during the show, the painting will be disqualified, and the artist will not be allowed to enter again for a period of two years.

     15.  Works which do not meet these specifications or differ substantially from the image submitted will be disqualified. SWS reserves the right to refuse any entry.

     16.  Works previously hung in a SWS show or Western Federation show are not permitted.


CaFE Online Entry Process

Follow directions to first upload your image(s) under the My Portfolio tab of the CaFE website, Click on Apply to Calls and follow directions to submit your work(s) to the Southwestern Watercolor Society. For technical support, call CaFE support at 303-629-1166.


Digital Image Submissions to CaFE

Digital image submission should show the painted image only, not the mat or the frame. Only a JPEG or JPG format is permitted, with an image size of under 5 MB, and a minimum of 1,200 pixels on the longest side. For complete specifications, tutorials and resources, please go to the CaFE Help/Uploading Media menu.


Shipped Art

Accepted art that is not to be hand-delivered will be handled by Navis Pack & Ship with a $65.00 handling fee. Shipping instructions will be sent with your acceptance email. You are encouraged to insure your art when shipping to Navis for your own protection. SWS and Navis will not be responsible for damages incurred prior to reaching Navis. (There is no handling fee for hand-delivered paintings.)



The Blue House Too Gallery will receive a 40% commission on all paintings sold. The artist is liable for all taxes on sold paintings. No price changes will be admissible after acceptance into the show. Paintings must be left on display until the end of the show.


Signature Membership

SWS Signature Membership is earned by having five paintings accepted into a SWS or Western Federation sponsored exhibition.



Although SWS will exercise due care in the handling of artwork submitted to this exhibition, SWS, Navis and the Blue House Too Gallery will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your artwork. You are responsible for insuring your painting.


Use of Images

Acceptance into the Annual Member Exhibition gives SWS the right to use images of your work for promotional purposes. Digital archives of accepted entries will be retained by SWS to be used for the Exhibition Catalog, printed materials and the website, as well as for use in our permanent collection.



SWS has the right to refuse any painting that does not meet the Prospectus requirements and restrictions, or is not accurately represented by the image submitted.



Artists will receive email confirmation of works accepted or not accepted into the Exhibition.


General Questions 

Questions regarding the Exhibition and entry may be emailed to: Constance Corbett, SWS Member Exhibition Chair, at For technical support with the on-line entry process, call CaFE support at 303-629-1166 or online at



Entering this exhibition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to accept all rules and conditions as set forth in this Prospectus.


My Agreement:  I certify that I am a member in good standing. I have read the requirements and restrictions, and my painting(s) is(are) eligible for entry. 


I realize that if my work is selected and (i) if it does not meet the eligibility requirements set forth in this Prospectus, or (ii) if I fail to submit my painting for hanging after acceptance, or (iii) if I withdraw my painting during the time the exhibit is hung, I will be disqualified immediately and will not be permitted to enter again for two years.


By submitting my work, I agree to these terms.


(Please print this Prospectus for your records.)



CLC - 4/26/20


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