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Red River Watercolor Society
28th Annual Red River Watercolor Society National Juried Watermedia Exhibition

2021 Prospectus

28th Annual Red River Watercolor Society

National Juried Watermedia Exhibition


Thank you for considering entry into the 28th Annual juried exhibition hosted by the Red River Watercolor Society. The exhibition runs June 7, through August 7, 2021, at the Hjemkomst Center, in Moorhead, Minnesota.  The Exhibition Juror and Workshop Instructor will be Robbie Laird, NWS, SDWS, SLMM, WW.  Artist BioArtist Workshop.


ENTRY DEADLINE:        March 9, 2021

March 9      Deadline for Entry

April 1         Notification of Acceptance

April 2        Notification of Decline

May 10-14   Shipped paintings due

May 30       Hand delivery of paintings (1:00 - 3:00 PM)

June 7         Exhibition opens

June 7-11    Workshop with Juror Robbie Laird

June 8         Opening Reception (6:00—8PM)

                           Awards presentation 7 PM

                                    The Opening Reception is free and open to all

August 7     Last day of exhibition

August 8     Paintings prepared for shipping

August 8     Pickup of hand-delivered paintings (1:00 - 3:00 PM)

August 10   Shipped Paintings returned


Awards:  A free catalog will be provided to all entrants to the exhibition.



Gold                             $1,300

Silver                           $1,000

Bronze                         $800                                   

Excellence                   $500

High Water                    $500

Red River Regional     $500

Distinction                    $300

Merit (5)                       $100

Merchandise Awards

People’s Choice           Future Advertising Image





    Entry Eligibility

      Open to all artists 18-years of age and older, working in two-dimensional water media on a single piece of watercolor paper or yupo.

      ORIGINAL WORK ONLY. No supervision, no class work, no copies of other artists’ work, and no work from photographs not created by the artist.

      Paintings must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in RRWS National Exhibitions.

      Minimum Painting size excluding mat: 108 square inches (e.g., 9 x 12, 8 x 14, etc.


Eligible Materials

      Acceptable materials: water-soluble media only, to include: transparent or opaque watercolor, gouache, casein, egg tempera, water based ink, and acrylic.

      All entries must be on a single piece of watercolor paper, or Yupo, and must be matted and framed.   Matting and Framing details are provided in Requirements for Accepted Work.


Ineligible Materials      

      No pastels, oil pastels, water-based oils, print images, digital images, or reproductions.

      No collage.

      No canvas.




RRWS has partnered with Online Juried Shows for submission of entries.




1.  Log on directly to to apply for the RRWS  28th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition.

2.  Click on to create an account.  Fill out “Create an Account” form completely.  OJS will walk you through the process in clear steps.

3.  Find the Red River Watercolor Society logo and click on “I Want to Enter This Show.” Fill out the entry form in its entirety. The size of the images must be listed to the nearest inch.  Images should be forward facing with the correct side up and not tilted or rotated.

4.  Upload your images. They should be slightly smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images must be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.***Please plan to prepare a 300 dpi jPeg at the same time to submit later when artwork is accepted.


5.    Contact OJS for assistance with photographing your work or properly sizing your images at

6.    Contact OJS for assistance with uploading your images at

7.    Add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.



¨      $35 up to two paintings for non-members

¨      $25 up to two paintings for RRWS members (need paid membership in advance to enter at member rate)*

¨      $10 each additional entry (4 entries maximum)



¨        $25.00 - 2021 membership (renewal based on the sign up date) 

You may pay your membership via

 Memberships automatically renew each year through Stripe!

¨        Artists wishing to enter the show at the member rate must join as a RRWS member before applying to the 28th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition.

¨        SIGNATURE STATUS, signified by the letters RRWS, is awarded after acceptance into a RRWS National Juried Watermedia Exhibition three times over a 10-year period.  Continuous paid membership is required (can be paid retroactively).





Image Resolution:

   Artist will provide a 300 ppi/dpi resolution image of accepted painting via email as directed in notification, for catalog and publicity print requirements.



      Mat is required.  Use only clean white mats. Thin colored liners no wider than ¼” are acceptable.  Floating and unhinged matting is not acceptable. 



Artwork must be framed and follow RRWS frame requirements:


1.   Frames must be simple, squared, flat, non-ornate 1” inch to 1.5” inch wide wood frame, or metal frame. In order to showcase the artwork and provide a more cohesive Exhibition, only Black frames are allowed.  Curved frames are not acceptable.


2.   Maximum FRAMED size: 60 inches in either direction.


3.   All work must be under plexiglass.  Frame must be sturdy enough to support the artwork without buckling the plexiglass. No glass is permitted.


4.   Frame must be wired for hanging. All wooden frames must use "D" rings to attach the plastic covered wire on the back of the painting.  No sawtooth hangers. 


5.   Minimum IMAGE size excluding mat: 108 square inches (e.g., 9 x 12, 8 x 14, etc.)



6.   Entries that do not comply with framing criteria will be returned at artist’s expense and disqualified from the exhibition.



      Instructions for shipping will be sent via Artist Acceptance Letter.


Handling Fees:

      $30/ shipped paintings handling fee – fee payable by check, or money order, and it must be included with the shipped painting.  Include the check and return shipping label in an envelope attached to the back of the painting on the hanging wire.  If any damage occurs in shipping, you will be contacted immediately.

      $15/ hand-delivery fee.  Check, or money order is due at time of hand delivery of painting.

      All fees must be paid in full prior to acceptance into the following year Exhibition.



      A 30% donation to RRWS is requested on sales.  Once image is submitted for entry in RRWS Exhibition, purchase price or not for sale (NFS) designation may not be altered or the artist is banned from entering RRWS Exhibitions for two years.


Painting withdrawal/removal:

      Accepted painting must not be changed from the submitted digital entry, nor may paintings be withdrawn once accepted, or the artist is banned from entering RRWS Exhibitions for two years.

      Work may not be removed until the close of the exhibition.







Notifications are sent through ConstantContact  from To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders’ list.


On the day of notification you will receive an email sent from ConstantContact that will state the following:


1. Go to and log in using your email address and password.


2. Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile." You are now in Your account!


3. Click the show name and you will see your first image. The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.


4. As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined into the show." Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter." The letter will then be displayed below.


5. If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.


6. While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date.


NOTE: Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety. Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP, or will have special instructions you must follow.


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