2016 Transparent Watercolor Society of America 40th National Exhibition

Watercolor Society of America

Entry Deadline: Jan. 15

249 East Route 6 Box 209 Morris
Morris, IL 60450
815) 941.9555


Entry Deadline: 1/15/16
Days remaining to deadline: 73REQUIREMENTS:Media
Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2

Entry Fee (2016 Membership Fee and 1 Image): $50.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $5.00

Over $20K in Cash Awards. Transparent Watercolor Only. Must be a member. Life  Members Free, use TWSA Life member coupon TWSA4Life.
– PREPAID New and Renewing (TWSA Website or mailed) TWSA Members get coupon code at www.watercolors.org. Enter Coupon Code in “Entry Fee”.  For a second image pay the $5 “Media Fee”.
Improper usage of coupon codes will automatically disqualify your entry.
Requirements of Paintings:
– Transparent watercolor applied in a transparent manner on single sheet of 100% rag or cotton paper, free of pigment and or embedded materials.
– Use of any pencil is only for planning marks.
– Framed size will not exceed 50″ in either direction
– Minimum size (mat opening) of 8”x10″
Unacceptable entries include: White paint or gesso/priming, Acrylic, Gouache, Ink, Pastel, Metallic/iridescent paint, Collage, or surface constructions, Embossing/varnishing, Yupo/or types of paper not listed as acceptable. Use of digital images or enhancements.
Clarification for you, on the online form: Dollar = Sales Price; Value = If not for sale, it’s the value of your piece for museum insurance. Note: 35% Commission is charged by the Museum for paintings sold.
IMPORTANT: prepare your digital image files as specified below in order to upload them to your portfolio and before you can use them to apply.
File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 5 MB maximum
Instructions on how to resize your JPG file in Photoshop or comparable photo editor are listed below and on CaFE Media Prep.
Start by opening your original image file in Photoshop:
Go to File > Open > choose image
Go to Image > Image Size

Next, in the Image Size Dialogue Box:
Step 1 > Change the Resolution to 72 pixels/inch.
Step 2 > Change either H or W Pixel Dimension to no less than 1920 pixels.
Step 3 > Click OK
Lastly, Go to File > Save for Web or Save As

Frank Eber, TWSA, AWS, NWS, WW  www.frankeber.com
Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994-95.  He lived for three years in the south of France, and has painted on location in Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany and other countries.  Frank is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature member of the AWS, NWS, TWSA and WW.  He is a juried artist member of the prestigious California Art Club.  Frank conducts workshops and demonstrations locally and at the national and international level.

Keiko Tanabe  www.ktanabefineart.com
Keiko has been painting and exhibiting professionally for 10 years.  She is a sought after workshop instructor and known for generously sharing her knowledge through her numerous demonstrations and helping students understand fundamental principles to make paintings that are simple yet strong.  Most recently she was chosen to be an invited guest of honor in several key watercolor exhibitions in France, Italy and Spain.

TWSA’s 2016 Schedule:
First week of March – Notifications announced.
April 16-22 – Paintings due at Kenosha Public Museum.
May 7 – Exhibition opens
Frank Eber and Keiko Tanabe Workshops June 6-10 & 13-17
June 10 – Private reception held by the museum honoring artists, spouses and workshop attendees
June 11 – Celebrate Watercolor Awards Dinner
– 10am and 3:30pm Juror/Instructor Demos
August 7 – Exhibition Closes
Week of August 8 – Paintings Returned

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