45th Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition

Center for the Arts Evergreen

Entry Deadline: May. 22

31880 Rocky Village Dr
Evergreen, CO 80439
PHONE 303-674-0056


The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia (RMNW) exhibition, in its 45th year, is presented by Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE) in Evergreen, Colorado. CAE is pleased to begin its second year of hosting this annual exhibition. RMNW attracts entrants and jurors from throughout the United States, and is regarded as one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the country.

CAE’s mission is to promote and cultivate artistic excellence and to enrich the art experience in our mountain community. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, CAE is committed to delivering engaging exhibitions and diverse educational programs for adults and children. In 2017 we moved into a new facility, which includes a modern gallery space housed in a historic old school house that became a church and is now the new home of CAE.

2018 JUROR

CAE is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed painter, author, and teacher, Mary Ann Beckwith, will serve as the juror for the 45th annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Ms. Beckwith served as an instructor of Art at Michigan  Technological University from 1973 until 2012.

During her tenure she won the Distinguished Teaching Award and was inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence at MTU. She presently holds the title of Professor Emeritus. She is the author of Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide and Showcase, and her work has been featured in many books and magazines, including a feature article in International Artist Magazine.

Mary Ann Beckwith will offer a Master Workshop, The Brush and Beyond: A Workshop in Exploring Experimental Media, at CAE August 6 – August 9, 2018 (Monday-Thursday). Registration for the workshop will open on January 1, 2018 on our website at www.evergreenarts.org, under the Education tab. For questions on the workshop once registration begins, you may contact our Director of Education, Stephanie O’Malley, at [email protected] Additionally, Ms. Beckwith will give a demonstration, free and open to the public, on Sunday, August 5, at 2:00 pm.


May 22, 2018 Deadline for receipt of entries (www.callforentry.org)

June 20, 2018 Juror selections announced and artists notified via email

July 5, 2018 Deadline for accepted artists’ contracts and all materials (artist’s statement, bio/resume, and photograph)

July 2 – 20, 2018 Shipped works will be accepted

July 22, 2018 Hand-delivered works will be accepted

August 5, 2018 (2pm) Mary Ann Beckwith demonstration

August 6 – August 9, 2018 Master Workshop with Mary Ann Beckwith

September 8, 2018 (4-7pm), September 8 – October 27, 2018

October 29, 2018 (1:00-3:00), Opening Reception

Pick-up of unsold artwork, October 31, 2018

Unsold artwork shipped to artist


Open to all artists residing in the United States. Each artist may enter up to 3 paintings for consideration. Accepted artists will only have1 framed painting in the exhibition, but will be allowed up to 2 unframed, matted originals (no larger than 16” x 20”) to be sold in the CAE Gift Shop as bin work during the exhibition. There is no need to submit images of the bin work in the entry process. Please only submit images of the paintings that you would like to be considered for framed display in the exhibition. Paintings must be an aqueous medium on watercolor papers, watercolor canvas, water-media boards such as Aquabord, Claybord, Gessobord, Yupo, illustration boards, panels (egg tempera). Non-watercolor canvas is not permitted. Computer‐generated works or Giclee prints are also not permitted. All collage materials must be painted by the artist.
Other media, if used, must be in conjunction with the watermedia, which must be dominant.

All entries must be one‐of‐a‐kind. Artworks must have been painted in the last two years, and may not have been shown previously in any exhibition at CAE or a previous RMNW exhibition. Your source material must be your own design or made from your own photograph. If accepted, the painting shipped must be the same as the image submitted.


Minimum image size is 8” x 10”.  Maximum frame size is 72” x 72”.
No glass is permitted. Plexiglass only. Frame must be sturdy enough to support the artwork without buckling the plexiglass. Frame must be wired for hanging. No other types of hangers are allowed. Mats, if used, must be white or off white unless it is an integral part of the artwork. CAE reserves the right to reject inadequate framing or arrange with the artist to take it for repair/reinforcement at the artist’s cost


All shipped artwork will be charged a $25 handling fee.
Detailed instructions will be sent with notification of acceptance.
All artists shipping work must provide a pre‐paid return-shipping label and a sturdy box. Unsold work or sold artwork empty boxes will not be returned without a prepaid return-shipping label. CAE will not create labels or call FedEx to process call tags with a shipping account number. CAE is not responsible for damage or loss during transport. CAE provides insurance for artworks while on premises.


CAE produces a beautiful full color catalog featuring the artwork in the exhibition and indicating the award winners. All artists who are accepted into the exhibition will receive one complimentary catalog. Additional copies of the catalog may be purchased.


In 2017, awards totaled almost $10,000 in cash and merchandise to exhibition artists.


All paintings must be available for sale during the exhibition. Please note that CAE retains a 40% commission on all art sales. Prices may not be changed after submission. Payment for sold artwork will be issued 30 days after the close of the exhibition.


Submission to this juried exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. CAE reserves the right to final curatorial, educational, installation, and marketing decisions.


1. File format: JPEG only

2. File dimensions: no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side

3. File size: 5 MB maximum

4. File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

5. Orientation: ensure your image is properly oriented (vertical or horizontal)

6. Show only the image, no frame or mat

7. No digital enhancement to the image is allowed

8. No slides or photographs will be accepted

9. It is in your best interest to submit a high resolution, high quality image

CAE encourages all entrants to review the instructions and tutorials for formatting images and entering before beginning the actual entry process. The following are tools available to help format digital entries:

· Pixl Express: https://pixlr.com/express/ (free, online)

· Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (purchase software)

· How-To Tutorial by Linda Doll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wChDaNa5Z-o



Prepare your digital image before you apply If entrants have not registered previously with CaFE, setting up a portfolio is free of charge Pay the non-refundable entry fee of $40.00 Images submitted may be used for publicity and/or educational purposes
For technical assistance with your entry, please see  www.callforentry.org/cafehelp.phtml or contact [email protected] directly (CAE cannot provide technical assistance for CaFE)


Correspondence and notifications with entrants will be done via email. Please make sure that your contact information is correct. If you do not have an email address, it is advised that you create one before you enter. For further inquiries, contact Moira Casey via email at [email protected]

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