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American Women Artists
Pushing Forward Reaching Back @ Brookgreen Gardens, SC



American Women Artists: Pushing Forward Reaching Back


Exhibition Title             American Women Artists: Pushing Forward Reaching Back

Location                          Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina

Exhibition Dates           May 13, 2023 – July 23, 2023

Application Dates        November 1, 2022  –  December 15, 2022



American Women Artists is pleased to announce its seventh museum exhibition as part of the 25 in 25 campaign, an initiative to have 25 museum shows for its members over 25 years. Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful venue in Murrells Inlet, SC and one of a few select places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This exhibition will be installed within the Rosen Galleries in the Hoy and Mizen Galleries with up to 100 total 2-D and 3-D works in the style and theme of the artist’s choosing.


There Will Be A $10,000 Grand Prize Cash Award. In addition to approximately $30,000 in cash and merchandise awards, final works selected will appear on AWA’s website gallery, be featured our monthly e-newsletters, and promoted through AWA’s advertising and social media channels.



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 2023 MEMBER of American Women Artists. If you would like to join as a new member or renew your membership, please email . If you do not pay for your 2023 membership by the submission deadline 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 Juried Museum Exhibition is open to all 2023 AWA Members in good standing.

2.           Applications may be submitted from November 1 – December 15, 2022, 5 pm CST.

3.           Finalists will be announced no later than January 13, 2023.

4.           Only online entries will be accepted for this show. NO MAILED SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. Please submit all entries through .

5.           Entries must be of original concept and design.

6.           Acceptable mediums for painting: oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, egg tempera, pastel, color ink, and encaustic.

7.           2D Works must have been completed in the past 2 years and have not been shown in a prior AWA show.

8.           3D Works must have been completed in the last 5 years and have not been shown in a prior AWA show.

9.           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.

10.        Acceptable mediums for sculpture:  cast metal, fabricated metal, stone, glass, wood, and any fired permanent medium such as terra cotta, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware. Works must not have been shown in a prior AWA show.

11.        Mixed medium works using the above-listed materials as well as textiles or fabric art as components are acceptable.

12.        Not acceptable mediums include craft, jewelry, photography, digital prints, textiles, fiber art, and any work containing computer generated elements of any kind.

13.        Maximum entries: six (6)

14.        Maximum of one (1) entry per accepted artist will be juried into the exhibition.

15.        Maximum size for paintings and drawings: Up to 40” on the longest side unframed.

16.        Maximum size for sculpture: Height 8 ft including base or pedestal. Weight 200 lbs.

17.        All works entered must be for sale and available to sell after acceptance into the show.

18.        By submitting images to this juried opportunity, you understand and agree that accepted images will be displayed on AWA’s website, social, and/or print media. Images become part of AWA’s archives and may be used for this and future AWA promotions. Artists retain copyright to their image(s).

19.        By entering this exhibition, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus

20.        All membership and jury fees are non-refundable; overpayment of any fee will be considered a donation and will not be refunded

21.        All Artists accepted into the exhibition will be expected to contribute $100 towards production of the show catalog.

22.        AWA and the Museum reserve the right to refuse any work(s).



The National Juried Exhibition application process runs November 1 – December 15, 2022, at 5 pm CST via www.onlinejuriedshows only. Finalists will be announced by January 13, 2023, on AWA’s website. 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 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, and less than 4 mb.


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 visit: to request assistance. You can also email, or call 888-666-1351.


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All AWA Member Levels: $60.00 for up to TWO (2) ENTRIES. Each additional entry $10.00 up to maximum of six (6) entries. Payment for jury fees should be made through  via credit card at time of application. Entry fees are non-refundable.


You must be a 2023 Member of AWA to enter the Juried Exhibition. 2023 Dues must be paid by December 15, 2022, or submission is disqualified.


Membership dues can be paid by emailing for a link to pay online or by mailing a check to: AWA, PO Box 7281 Chesterfield, MO. 63006.



Entries will be accepted November 1 – December 15, 2022, 5 PM CST.



January 13, 2023



There will be cash and merchandise awards. Award packages are designed to support, encourage, and inspire women in the visual fine arts.



Selection and Awards jurors for AWA’s National Juried Competition work independently to assess the entries. Jurors will be announced in AWA’s monthly e-newsletter and on AWA’s website.



All jury status notifications will be posted on  and a list of accepted artists and their works will be posted at  no later than January 13, 2023. This will be a highly selective show. One piece per finalist will be selected to exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens.



The decision of the Selection Jurors is final with the AWA and the Museum reserving the right to final acceptance for exhibition. All accepted artists will be provided with a consignment form to be completed, signed, and returned to AWA by January 27, 2023. Once accepted, works may be pre-sold but must be exhibited for the duration of show and proceeds must be shared with Brookgreen Gardens and AWA, under Commission terms outlined below.


All accepted Paintings & Drawings must be framed or gallery-wrapped (gallery wrapped must be finished, painted around edge, no tape), and wired for hanging. Accepted Sculpture must be ready to place with any stands and title plates securely fastened. Stone sculpture may be shipped without a base attached only if clear, simple, well-labeled assembly instructions are included and any required installation materials are included with the sculpture. Accepted artists will be offered Advertising Opportunities at AWA negotiated rates in two to three different national publications.



Sales will be processed by Brookgreen Gardens. If a sale occurs, the artist will receive 65% of the price. A 35% commission will be split 25% to Brookgreen Gardens and 10% to AWA.

Artwork must be priced in accordance with artist’s current pricing structure. Pricing will be available in the exhibition and will appear on the AWA website.



Shipping Instructions will be supplied by AWA to all finalists. Each accepted Artist is responsible for the delivery of their shipped or hand delivered work between May 1 – May 5, 2023.



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. AWA and Brookgreen Gardens reserve the right to return work that does not meet exhibition standards. Every reasonable care will be taken with original artwork. Brookgreen Gardens will be responsible for insurance of artwork while on exhibit for the amount specified on Record of Consignment. The Artist is responsible for insurance of artwork to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit.


CALENDAR – 2023 Brookgreen Gardens (subject to change)


November 1, 2022                                    Applications open

December 15, 2022                                  Applications close

January 13, 2023                                       Finalists announced on the AWA website

January 27, 2023                                       Signed User Agreement, Bio & Hi-Res images due

May 1 – May 5, 2023                               Artwork must arrive at Brookgreen Gardens

May 9 – 12, 2023                                      AWA Member Events in South Carolina

May 9, 2023                                                Meet & Greet

May 10, 2023                                              Paint Out, Local Activities for Members & Patrons

May 11, 2023                                              Symposium on Women in the Arts, Brookgreen Gardens

May 12, 2023                                             AWA Member Meetings in morning and afternoon

May 12, 2023                                            Awards Ceremony & Artists’ Reception in evening

May 13, 2023                                              Exhibition opens to the public

May 13, 2023                                              AWA Trip to Charleston, SC including the Gibbes Museum

July 23, 2023                                               Exhibition Closes

July 25 – August 8, 2023                         Return shipping and/or pick-up of exhibited works



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