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Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Inc.
50th Annual Juried Exhibition



Call for Entries

Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Inc.

50th Annual Juried Exhibition





Exhibition Dates: March 13, 2020 through June 27, 2020


Opening Reception & Awards- Friday, March 13, 2020 – 6:00 – 8:00pm

Awards presented at 5:30

Galleries at Library Square

Little Rock, Arkansas

Awards over $5,000 are anticipated.


Juror, Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS




Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Florida Watercolor Society.  Her work was the subject of a feature article in Watercolor magazine, can be seen in Watercolor Magic and the prestigious Splash series of books published by North Light. Her numerous awards include “Best of Show” in both the Florida Watercolor Society and Tallahassee Watercolor Society annual exhibits. She has been an award winner in The Artist’s Magazine All-Media Competition, and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach.

Look for Lynn’s latest articles in the April 2017 issue of “The Artist’s Magazine”, the August 2017 issue of “Watercolor Artist”, and the 32nd edition (Fall 2018) of “The Art of Watercolour”

The will handle all the entries.



Exhibition Calendar


1.      Membership dues must be paid on or before November 8, 2019.

2.      Entry deadline date is Friday, November 8, 2019.

3.      Notification of acceptance/decline by email by December 13, 2019.

4.      Shipment of accepted entries to Galleries at Library Square must arrive between February 10-14, 2020 (instructions in this prospectus.) ­­­

5.      Hand-deliver accepted paintings to Galleries at Library Square on Monday, February 17, 2020, between 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

6.      Opening Reception & Awards, Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:30-8:00p.m.. Exhibition will be open to the public March 13th through June 27, 2020.

7.      Pick up paintings at Galleries at Library Square, Monday, June 28, 2020- 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

8.      Please note that artist’s statements are due to the exhibition chair no later than January 15, 2020.




1.      Artists - This exhibition is open to artists anywhere who are current members of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Inc. (MSW), or who become members as a condition of entering the exhibition.

2.      Artist’s original work only. No copies or likeness of work including photographs, published works or references not attributable to the artist are eligible. Work painted under the guidance of a teacher is not permitted.

3.      No work previously exhibited in a juried MSW show is eligible.

4.      MSW reserves the right to refuse any work submitted.

5.      Paintings must be on paper or Yupo. Media may be watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera. Collage materials, if used, must be the artist’s original work and must meet the media criteria above. No pastels, digital images, or any form of print or reproductions.

6.      Size - There is no minimum size. However, the maximum unframed size for entries should not exceed 44”. (See Framing Requirements later in this document.)



Entry Information and Fees    Deadline is November 8, 2019.


1.      This is a members-only exhibition show.  Membership must be current or your entry will be declined.  Dues are $40.  If you are not already a member of MSW, pay membership fees online when you submit your images and immediately mail the completed membership application provided on the last page of this prospectus.

2.      Artists may submit one or two paintings. The entry fee for the exhibition is $40 for up to two entries. 

3.      No digital enhancement is allowed; image should represent the painting.

4.      Please refer to tutorials and videos at for assistance with photographing, uploading and resizing images.

5.      Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.



Requirements for Digital Images


Your digital image will need to follow the following requirements: Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List sizes up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or framing. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up. Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi . Images must be in JPEG format, AT sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, write to Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.


Framing Requirements (for all accepted works)


1.      Entries must be framed and under Plexiglas.

2.      A completed Painting Label Form (see below) must be securely affixed to the back of the framed painting, upper right side.

3.      The frame must be sturdy enough to support the weight of the artwork without buckling the Plexiglas. Frames whether wood or metal, must arrive in good condition with corners firmly fixed. The committee reserves the right to reject frames that arrive in poor condition.

4.      Frames must be a maximum of two inches wide and must be plain and undecorated. Metal sectional frames are allowable; however NO VIVID COLORS such as red, yellow, etc. will be accepted. Poster frames are not allowable.

5.      Works must arrive ready for hanging by the Galleries at Library Square. Two “D” rings should be secured by screws in back, one on the left and one on the right side of the frame. The “D” rings should be positioned one-fourth of the distance down from the top of the frame on each side. For example, if the frame measures 20” from top to bottom, each “D” ring should be positioned 5” from the top.

6.      The Frame should include attached wire for hanging.




Single  or double mats will be accepted, and the following conditions apply:

o   All matting must be white or off white, only.

o   Mats must have clean cuts that are even and not overcut in the corners.

o   No colored lining will be accepted.


Paintings that are mounted without matting, or floated, shall be mounted on a background that is white or off-white.


There shall be no debris or loose material beneath the Plexiglas.


Diptychs and triptychs must be mounted within a single frame.





All reasonable care will be given to the works submitted, but neither MSW, nor the Galleries at Library Square will assume any liability for damage or deterioration before, during or after the exhibition. Artists should carry their own insurance.



Other Regulations


·         The Juror will be the sole judge as to which works are selected for the Exhibition and will determine all award winners.

·         All work accepted by the Juror for this Exhibition will be displayed at the Galleries at Library Square from Friday, March 13th until Saturday, June 27, 2020.

·         MSW and Galleries at Library Square will have the right to reproduce accepted entries in our catalogues, press releases, Internet websites, social media sites and similar informational outlets, for publicity purposes.

·         Painting sales will be handled by the Galleries at Library Square. A 40% commission will be charged. The cost of shipping for purchased paintings will be covered by the purchaser. Prices must match the catalogue.

·         All work must remain in the Exhibition for the full duration of the Exhibition period; this applies also to paintings sold.


***All paintings must be picked up on the scheduled day after the Exhibition closes. If you cannot pick up your painting, you must make arrangements for someone to pick up for you.


·         Shipping of accepted paintings will be addressed as follows AND MUST INCLUDE INSIDE, A PREPAID RETURN SHIPPING LABEL:


Mid-Southern Watercolorists / c/o Galleries at Library Square

100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201






Checklist for entering the MSW Annual Exhibition

Online Entry fee paid ($40 for one or two entries)

Current Membership paid ($40 for new membership or for renewal if membership dues are not current)

Entry form, completed and included

Make a copy of all information for your file


** Neither the exhibition committee nor the venue will be responsible for removing or storing paintings not collected on the appropriate day.


Send special inquiries and problems by email to Donna Twyford at


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