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American Women Artists
2021 Spring Online Juried Show



2021 Spring Online Juried Show

AWA Spring Online Competition

  Application Dates: 

January 14 – March 15, 2021




This is American Women Artists’ annual online juried competition for our Associate and Associate with Distinction Members. This prestigious show is highly competitive. In addition to over $15,000 in monetary and merchandise awards - including a $2,000 cash Grand Prize award - approximately 120 final works selected will appear on AWA’s online gallery for a full year, be featured in our monthly E- newsletters, and promoted through AWA’s social media channels. AWA is dedicated to providing professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts. We invite you to join AWA as an Associate member and enter our 2021 Spring Online Juried Show!



Open to all AWA Associate & Associate with Distinction Members including representational or non-objective/abstract works either 2D or 3D. Applicants must be AWA Associate or Associate with Distinction Members of current standing with dues paid or renewed for 2021. If 2021 dues are not paid by March 15, the applicant’s work will be disqualified. If you are unsure whether you’ve paid your 2021 dues, please email:


To join as a new member, visit (do not use this link if you are renewing your membership, even if that membership has lapsed) or email to have an Associate membership invoice sent to you with a link to AWA’s payment portal.




1. The 2021 AWA Spring Online Show is open to AWA Associate and Associate with Distinction Members in good standing.


2. Entries may be representational or abstract work(s): drawing, painting, mixed media, and collage, as well as sculpture.


3. Work(s) must be original and 2D works must have been completed within the last two years. 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).


4. Applications may be submitted from January 14 - March 15, 2021, finalists will be announced by April 9.


5. As this is an online show, there is no size restriction on work(s) submitted.


6. All work(s) entered must not have been accepted for a previous AWA national juried competition or online juried 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.


8. Acceptable mediums for painting: oil, acrylic, water media, pastel, egg tempera, encaustic, mixed mediums, batik.


9. Acceptable mediums for drawing: conte crayon, colored pencil, graphite, pen & ink, scratchboard and original hand-pulled prints.


10. Mixed Media is acceptable using above materials.


11. Not acceptable mediums include craft, jewelry, fiber, fabric, photography, video, digital prints, or any work containing computer generated elements of any kind.


12. Maximum entries: three (3)


13. Maximum of one (1) piece of artwork per accepted artist will be juried into the online show.


14. By submitting images to this juried opportunity, you understand and agree that accepted images will be displayed on AWA website, Facebook page, and other social and/or print media. Artists 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 Spring Online Juried Show application process will begin January 14, 2021 and close on March 15, 2021. Finalists will be announced no later than April 9, 2021. Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List sizes up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up. 3-D works are allowed to submit 2 alternate images to show different views of artwork.


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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$40.00 for up to 3 images.



Entries will be accepted January 14 – March 15, 2021.



Grand Prize, Second, Third and Honorable Mention winners will be chosen from the group of finalists. Several Awards of Merit 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 $2,000 cash award plus merchandise awards!
  • Second prize winner will receive merchandise/sponsor award and $500 cash award.
  • Third prize winner will receive merchandise/sponsor award and $300 cash award.
  • (4) Outstanding Achievement Awards (Still Life, Landscape, Figurative, and Sculpture) will receive merchandise/sponsor award and $200 cash award
  • (8) Award of Merit winners will receive $50 cash
  • Gallery Show Award: An artist from the show will be selected to participate in an exhibit at the Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA.



A panel consisting of AWA Master and Signature Members will select finalists. Award winners will be selected by Juror of Awards, Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter.


For AWA questions: Amanda Zimmerman, 

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