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Red River Watercolor Society
Red River Watercolor Society’s 25th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition

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2018 Prospectus
25th Annual Red River Watercolor Society
National Juried Watermedia Exhibition


The exhibition runs June 18, through August 4, 2018, at the Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, MN.

Exhibition Juror/Workshop Instructor: Mark Mehaffey AWS, DF_NWS

March 1               11:59 P.M. PT - Deadline for Entry
April 5                  Notification of Acceptance
May 21-25            Shipped paintings due
June 10                 Hand delivery of paintings
June 18                 Exhibition opens
June 18-22            Workshop with Juror Mark Mehaffey
June 19                 Opening Reception (6:00—8PM)
                              Awards presentation 7 PM
                              Public invited—free admission
August 3               Last day of exhibition
August 4               Paintings prepared for shipping
August 4               Pickup of hand-delivered paintings
August 6               Shipped Paintings returned

Awards: A catalog of all paintings will be produced in full color and are available for purchase.  A free catalog will be provided to all entrants to the exhibition.

JUROR OF AWARDS: Mark Mehaffey

Gold ..............................$1,250
High Water .....................$500
Red River Regional.........$500
Merit (5) ..........................$100

ONLY Watermedia on PAPER will be considered for acceptance as described
below in Eligibility, Entry Requirements, and Other Important Information.

•    Open to all artists 18-years of age or older, working in two-dimensional, water-soluble media (watercolor, gouache, casein, egg tempera, and acrylic) on a single piece of paper. Canvas is not acceptable.
•    All entries must be on a single piece of paper, or Yupo, and must be matted and framed (see below).
•    No pastels, oil pastels, water-based oils, prints, digital images, or reproductions. Any collage elements used must be less than 10% of total surface, and must be the artist’s own creation on paper.
•    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 IMAGE size excluding mat: 108 square inches (e.g., 9 x 12, 8 x 14, etc.).
•    Maximum FRAMED size: 60 inches in either direction.
•    No requirement to enter the Exhibition in order to register for workshop with Mark Mehaffey. See below for further information and registration form or CLICK HERE.
•    Note: A RRWS Screening Committee will review the physical artwork for compliance.  Works not adhering to the specifications described above will not be eligible for judging, and will be returned at the artist’s expense. It is up to the artist to make sure the image they submit for entry matches the painting they send for exhibition, if accepted.  Mistaken entries will be disqualified for exhibition and will be returned at the artist’s expense. Exhibition entry fees will not be refunded. The Screening Committee’s decisions are final.

This year, RRWS has partnered with Online Juried Shows for submission of entries. You may pay your membership via at the same time!

1.    To apply for the RRWS  25th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition, visit and click on “Exhibition Entry,” or log on directly to To open an account, click Please fill out their “Create an Account” form completely.  They will walk you through the process in clear steps.
2.    To sumbit to this exhibition, find the Red River Watercolor Society logo at 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.  Crop photos to exclude mat & frame. Be sure your images are rotated with the correct side up.
3.    Before uploading your images, make sure they are 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.
4.    For HELP in photographing your work or properly sizing your images click on
5.    If you need HELP entering your images please write to them by clicking here and scrolling down to the help box:
6.    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

:  $35 up to two entries and $10 for each additional entry.
RRWS MEMBER:  $25 up to two entries and $10 for each additional entry.
RENEWING CURRENT MEMBER:  $25 yearly dues PLUS $25 for two entries and $10 for each additional entry.
NEW JOINING MEMBER:  $25 yearly dues PLUS $25 for the first entry, up to two paintings.
All entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.

•    $25 annual calendar-year membership is based on the calendar year (January-December).
•    Artists may join as a RRWS member at the same time as entry submission to the 25th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition.
•    SIGNATURE STATUS, signified by the letters RRWS, is awarded for acceptance into a RRWS National Juried Watermedia Exhibition three times over a 10-year period.  Continuous paid membership is required (can be paid retroactively).
•    Additional membership benefits can be reviewed at

•    Artist will provide a 300 ppi/dpi resolution image of accepted painting via email as directed in notification, for catalog and publicity print requirements.
•    Painting must be framed simply, suitably wired for hanging and under Plexiglas; use only white or pale neutral mats. Mat is required.
•    Instructions for shipping will be sent via email.
•    Handling fees: $15/ hand-delivery, $30/ shipped paintings – fee payable by check, or money order, and it must be included with the shipped/delivered painting.
•    A 30% donation to RRWS is requested on sales.
•    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.
Juror/ Instructor: Mark Mehaffey AWS, DF-NWS
June 18-22, 2017 • 9 AM - 4 PM • Registration closes April 30, 2017.
•    Members $350.
•    Non-members $395.
•    Early Booking fee of $300 for members if paid in full by April 1.
•    No late registrations accepted.
•    For more information on exhibition, workshop, or to print out complete prospectus, CLICK_HERE.
•    Cancellation fee of $100.  No refunds after June 1, 2018.
•    Workshop information:  or Robin Wichman, Workshop Chair at,

5 Day Watermedia Workshop

We start with what is important to YOU. We build on
that to make the strongest painting possible.

Participants create paintings using the elements of shape, line, value, and color to simplify subject using a variety of color plans to create emotion and mood in a representational painting.  Participants will also work intuitively with shape, color, line, and especially texture, to produce an abstraction with a personal focus. A variety of “slippery surfaces” will be explored. Painting intuitively and experimentally will be covered.  These paintings will be as fun and absorbing to view, as they are to paint. There will be both group and individualized instruction.  This is a fast moving, fun, mixed Watermedia workshop where we all learn and share. All levels are welcome as long as everyone is comfortable with their materials.  For Mark’s complete biography, visit

DOWNLOAD THE PROSPECTUS (ABOVE LEFT) FOR Workshop Registration Form and more Information:

$350 for 2018 RRWS Members; $395 Non-members

Early bird member fee of $300 if paid in full by April 1, 2018.




REGARDING JURY NOTIFICATIONS:  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 in to 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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