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Red River Watercolor Society
1st Annual Members’ Online Juried Show

Red River Watercolor Society 2021 Prospectus 

Red River Watercolor Society 1st Annual Members’ Online Juried Show 

Juror/Instructor: David R. Becker, McHenry, Illinois 

Thank you for considering entry into the 2021 1st Annual RRWS Members’ Online Juried Show with two artist entry divisions, Professional and Novice. In conjunction, a 3 day online workshop taught by the Juror, David R. Becker. 

2021 RRWS Online Show Calendar: 

July 1 Entry Begins with Prospectus release
Aug 19 Entry Deadline for Online Show
Oct 12 Award winners announced at the RRWS Monthly Membership Meeting Nov 1 Award winners announced in newsletter
Nov 1 Online exhibit displayed on Website

October 21 (Thursday) Online Class Registration Deadline
October 28 (Thursday) through October 30 (Saturday) Classes
Virtual Class is 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$150, limit 30 students 

The Awards in each division, Professional and Novice, are of equal value. 

1st Place - $200, 2nd Place - $150, 3rd Place -$100 


(A) PROFESSIONAL: A professional artist has met any of the following criteria. Is an artist that promotes or markets their artwork. 

Has received compensation, copyright royalties or residual payments from their artist activities that may be reasonably considered income. 

Has acquired knowledge and education related to artist skills and activities enough to teach classes, workshops or assist novice artists. 

Has entered national exhibitions and/or has signature status in any other watermedia organization exhibitions or shows. 

Intermediate artists are included in the professional category. 

(B) NOVICE: The Novice artist is a beginner artist or is painting for fun and has not received compensation that is reasonably considered income for his/her artwork. 

Participates in art organization activities and events but does not teach classes, workshops and tutorials. 


1. Members must select either Professional or Novice division by checking the “Division Selection Choice” on the entry form. 

2. Members need to be current with their dues for the fiscal year of 2021 and must be 18 years of age or older. 

3. Entries must be two-dimensional on watercolor paper or yupo.
4. Entry minimum size is 140 square inches, larger sizes are acceptable. 

5. Entries must be the artist’s original artwork, not created in a class, not assisted, not copied and not created using another person’s photograph. 

6. The entry must have been created within the last 2 years and not previously exhibited in a RRWS National Exhibition. 

7. The entry must be a water media painting: transparent or opaque watercolor paint, gouache, casein, egg tempera, water based ink, and acrylic. 

8. Materials not allowed are pastels, oil pastels, water based oils, collage, canvas, printed images, or reproductions. 


$25 for two entry paintings, plus $10 for each additional entry Maximum total of five entries per artist. 


The professional category will be juried. 

The novice category will have at least one piece per person accepted and the Juror will hold a private 1-hour Zoom meeting with the group of novices to discuss the artwork. Only award winning novice artwork will be displayed in the newsletter and on the website. If a novice enters multiple pieces (up to five) the juror will notify the novice which piece is the strongest. 

The online critique will be online September 22 7:00 - 8:00 PM CST with David R. Becker. The juror will critique pieces that will provide the greatest learning experience. The Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the critique. Download, install, and test Zoom prior to the event. 


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


1. Log on directly to to apply for the Red River Watercolor Society 1st Annual Members’ Online Juried Show 2021. 

2. Click on to create an account. Fill out the “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. 



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

member rate)*

 ¨ $10 each additional entry (five 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 Red River Watercolor Society 1st Annual Members’ Online Juried Show 2021

Image Resolution:

Artists will provide a 300 dpi resolution jpeg of accepted painting via email as directed in notification, for catalog and publicity print requirements. 


All sales are negotiated between the artist and the buyer. A 30% donation to RRWS is requested on sales. Once an image is submitted for entry, purchase price may not be altered. 

Painting withdrawal/removal: 

Accepted painting must not be altered in any way from the submitted digital entry, nor may paintings be withdrawn once accepted.

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

Accepted paintings are released to be entered into other shows on January 1, 2022.




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 can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from ConstantContact, that will state the same. 

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. 

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING: How to look at or edit your entries. How to pay, if you didn't pay when you entered. How to see if you’ve already paid, or how to get a receipt. How to Update your Personal Info (name, address, email address, password). How to REPLACE an Entry. Also, if you’d like to write to us to get help, CLICK HERE: 

AGREEMENT / CONDITIONS & RULES: Please read carefully!
Submission of this image, if accepted by the Juror, shall constitute an Agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth in this Prospectus, including the following: 

1. Permission is granted to reproduce the painting in promotion of the show and to use this image for educational & publicity purposes.

2. I will NOT display my accepted artwork or offer it for sale in another exhibition, competition, or gallery during the scheduled time this exhibition is being held (November 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021) regardless of being online or in a gallery.

David R. Becker 

TWSA Artist, Illustrator, and Art Instructor
Since 1961, David has spent all of his artistic life and career in the city of Chicago. Becker studied at American Academy of Art in Chicago, and is the reason that a large majority of his subject matter comes from his life here in the city that he loves so much. 

After his time at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, Becker went right into illustrating for a major advertising agency J. Walter Thompson and later for Foote Cone and Belding. He also started teaching around the country, right out of school, but always found time for his favorite ambition, creating fine art paintings. 

Becker is the author of Watercolor Composition Made Easy, and How to Sketch with Watercolor. He has had two different articles published in International Artist Magazine and in Watercolor Magic. Has reached signature status to the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and has won numerous awards for his work from watercolor societies around the country. David has a weekly Youtube presence and is generous with sharing his knowledge and talents with his students. 

Becker works in many mediums, including watercolor, oils and acrylics, he is mostly recognized for his watercolor scenes of Chicago. You can find many of his works hanging in homes and businesses throughout this fine city and most prominently in many Starbucks coffee shops in the city and suburbs. Most recently he had sold an 11 foot oil painting of Wacker Drive and at the same time was commissioned to do a large painting of the Buckingham Fountain for the CNA building in Chicago. David has had a news segment done of him painting on the Metra train. 

David’s favorite painting was commissioned by Starbucks to do a scene for their Macy’s Starbucks store that included a scene looking out of that store's window onto Wabash, which included the “L” platform. This painting can be seen at the Northeast corner of the Macy’s Starbucks store on Randolph and Wabash, and at the same time have a great cup of coffee while viewing this Becker original. 


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