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American Women Artists
Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Works of American Women Artists


National Online Juried Show

Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Works of American Women Artists

(Application dates: November 15, 2020– February 10, 2021)

Exhibition dates: May 20 – August 21, 2021



AWA is pleased to announce our 2021 National Online Juried Exhibition. AWA annually organizes a museum show as a part of our 25 in 25 Initiative; however, due to COVID restrictions, AWA has decided to host a National Online Juried Exhibition in 2021. AWA is committed to providing women artists with museum exhibition opportunities and will be offering two juried museum exhibitions in 2022. 


The 2021 National Online Juried Exhibition is open to all AWA Members in good standing. This virtual exhibit will have up to 150 2-D and 3-D works in the style and theme of the artist’s choosing, including representational or non-objective/abstract works.


There Will Be A $10,000 Grand Prize Cash Award! 


In addition to approximately $20,000 in cash and merchandise awards, final works selected will appear on AWA’s website gallery, be featured in our monthly e-newsletters, and promoted through AWA’s social media channels. Entry in the show will also count towards membership status. AWA is dedicated to providing professional opportunities for women in the visual arts. We invite you to join AWA as an Associate member and enter our national juried exhibitions. 



Open to women at least 18 years of age, who are working in the fine arts and living in the United States or Canada. To submit works, applicants MUST BE A 2021 MEMBER of American Women Artists. If you would like to join as a new member, or renew your membership (starting November 1), please email If you do not pay for your 2021 membership by the submission deadline (February 10, 2021), your entry will be disqualified.  


American Women Artists seeks to select an exhibition of fine art demonstrating excellence in terms of composition, technique, mastery of medium and quality of design. The final selection will be an exemplary showcase of a diverse group of representational and abstract artworks by artists who draw, paint, and sculpt. 



  1. The 2021 National Online Juried Exhibition is open to all AWA Members in good standing
  2. Applications may be submitted from November 15, 2020 – February 10, 2021, Midnight PST. Finalists will be announced no later than March 4, 2021.
  3. Only on-line entries will be accepted for this show. NO MAILED SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. Please submit all entries through starting November 15, 2020. 
  4. Entries must be of original concept and design. 
  5. Acceptable mediums for painting: oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, egg tempera, pastel, color ink, and encaustic.  Works must have been completed in the past 2 years and have not been shown in a prior AWA show.
  6. Acceptable mediums for drawing:  conte crayon, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, pen & ink, scratchboard, and original hand-pulled prints. Works must have been completed in the past 2 years and have not been shown in a prior AWA show.
  7. Acceptable mediums for sculpture:  cast metal, fabricated metal, stone, glass, wood, and any fired permanent medium such as terra cotta, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware.
    cast metal, fabricated metal, stone, fired terra cotta, glass, wood.  Works must not have been shown in a prior AWA show.
  8. Mixed medium pieces using the above-listed materials.
  9. Not acceptable mediums include craft, jewelry, photography, digital prints, textiles, fiber art, and any work containing computer generated elements of any kind.
  10. Maximum entries: six (6)
  11. Maximum of one (1) piece of artwork per accepted artist will be juried into the exhibition
  12. As this is an online show, there is no size restriction on work(s) submitted.
  13. Works do not have to be for sale, sold works may be submitted. Enter the number 0 (zero) in the price (Do not enter NFS).
  14. By submitting images to this juried opportunity, you understand and agree that accepted images will be displayed on AWA’s website, Facebook page, and other social and/or print media.  Images do become part of AWA’s archives and may be used for this and future AWA promotions. Artists will retain copyright to their image(s)
  15. By entering this exhibition, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus
  16. All membership and jury fees are non-refundable; overpayment of any fee will be considered a donation and will not be refunded



The National Juried Exhibition application process will begin November 15, 2020 – February 10, 2021, at Midnight PST.  Finalists will be announced by March 4, 2021 on AWA’s blog page.  The entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch (high x wide). Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up.


Before uploading your images, make sure they are 72 dpi and a maximum size of 1920 pixels on the longest side, and no smaller than 800 pixels on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Each 3-D work submitted can have up to 2 alternate views uploaded. Help in photographing your work and property sizing your images can be found at: If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email: Do not wait until the last day to ask for help!


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$55.00 for up to THREE (3) ENTRIES. Each additional entry $10.00 up to maximum of 6 entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.


You must be a current (or new) Member of AWA to enter Juried Exhibition.  2021 Dues must be paid by February 10, 2021 or submission is disqualified.

Electronic payment for jury fees should be made through via credit card or PayPal at time of application.  Membership dues can be paid separately by emailing for an invoice that can be paid directly with a credit card, PayPal, or by mailing a check to: AWA, PO Box 1611, Lodi, CA 95241.



Entries will be accepted November 15, 2020 – February 10, 2021.



March 4, 2021



Grand Prize, Outstanding Achievement, and Magazine Award winners will be chosen from the group of finalists. Several Awards of Merit and Memorial Awards will also be selected. All award winners will garner national exposure when featured on the AWA website, through AWA’s social media channels and E-newsletter.

  • Grand prize winner will receive $10,000 cash award plus merchandise awards!
  • (4) Outstanding Achievement Awards (Still Life, Landscape, Figurative, and Sculpture) will receive merchandise/sponsor awards and $1,000 cash award
  • (8) Award of Merit winners will receive $250 cash
  • National Magazine Ad Awards valued between $1,500 to $4,250
  • Gallery Show Award: An artist from the show will be selected by the Phoenix Zoo Arts Committee to participate in an exhibit at the Savannah Gallery, Phoenix Zoo, AZ.
  • Gallery Show Award: An artist from the show will be selected by Michelle Ward, owner of Principle Gallery. Show may be at either of the Principle Gallery locations of Alexandria, VA or Charleston, SC at the discretion and choice of the owner.  




Selection jurors for AWA’s National Juried Competition work independently to assess the entries for selection to finalists. Each year, a different panel of selection jurors is chosen. 



Three Awards jurors will be selected.



All jury status notifications will be posted on no later than February 4, 2021. A list of accepted artists and their works will be posted on the blog page at no later than March 4, 2021. The full show will also be posted on AWA’s Exhibition web page by April 24, 2021.



Artists will sell their own work. AWA will contact each artist with information about potential buyers. Artists who sell their artwork during the show period (May 20 – August 21, 2021) agree to send AWA a 10% commission on or before September 21, 2021.



Shipping sold artwork is the artist’s responsibility. 



By entering this exhibition, the artist agrees that they have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus. All membership and jury fees are non-refundable. Overpayment of any fee will be considered a donation and will not be refunded. Submission of work for this exhibit will be construed as acceptance of all conditions set forth in prospectus. 


For AWA questions: Amanda Zimmerman, 


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