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Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.
59th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.

Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.

59th Annual Juried Exhibition

Seventh Worldwide Internet Exhibition

September 2022 - September 2023

The National Board of Directors of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. invite you to enter the 59th Annual Juried Exhibition - the Seventh Worldwide Internet Exhibition. An Internet Exhibition is a virtual exhibition in which paintings and calligraphies are not hung in a physical gallery but rather viewed on an Internet website. The Internet site will be online for one year enabling us to reach a much wider audience. The purpose of the exhibition is to publicly show the best current East Asian brush painting and calligraphy and to further the Society’s mission. A combination of cash and other awards, approximating $4500.00 in value, will be awarded.


ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to all artists.

Brush painting or calligraphy must be in Asian ink, or Asian ink and watercolor on rice* paper or silk.

*Generic term for those papers traditionally used for East Asian brush painting, but not limited to those containing rice fiber.


PAINTINGS & CALLIGRAPHY - Paintings and calligraphy must be the original creation and composition of the artist submitting it. Copying a painting by another artist or teacher, with a few details changed, is not considered an original work. No touch-ups, changes, or additions by another artist or teacher are allowed.

- Paintings and calligraphy must be painted within the last two years and not previously exhibited in a Sumi-e Society annual exhibition. Previous entry elsewhere is permitted.

- Entries will be accepted only from the artist, not by or through agents.

NON-TRADITIONAL PAINTINGS must be executed with water-soluble Asian ink with or without watercolor on rice paper, gold and silver papers, shikishi boards or silk. The predominant element must be ink and direct brushwork on the base; however, techniques such as monoprinting, suminagashi, spraying, or non-relief collage may be incorporated. If you used one of these techniques, note it under Description.

CALLIGRAPHY other than signature or date must be accompanied by a typed English translation of the calligraphy on both painting and calligraphy artwork.



June 20 …………...DEADLINE for entering at

July 22 …………….NOTIFICATION of Acceptance - email reminder

Artist must open their Artist Profile at

Check each artwork to see which artworks were accepted and which were declined.

The following events will be on Zoom because of the Pandemic.

September 9, 10, 11 ……….PAINTING WORKSHOP with Dongfeng Li

September 11, Sunday ...AWARDS CEREMONY - 5:00 - 7:00 pm EDT

with Remarks about the exhibition by Dongfeng Li

September 2022 - 2023 --- EXHIBITION on the Internet



DONGFENG LI was born and raised in China and studied at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. He came to the United States in 1992 and subsequently received a Master of Art Education from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University. His Chinese brush paintings and watercolors have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the annual international shows of the Sumi-E Society of America, American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America and more than twenty states’ watercolor societies in the United States. He is the signature member for American Watercolor Society, a Dolphin Fellowship Member which is the top honor in AWS membership and a member of the National Watercolor Society.

His watercolor paintings appear many times in Watercolor Artist Magazine including the Winter 2022 issue. He currently teaches drawing, painting and watercolor at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

Dongfeng Li believes the aesthetics of calligraphy have had a significant influence on Chinese brush painting in the long history of Chinese art development. The criteria applied to calligraphy is the same for Chinese brush painting: vitality and expressiveness of the brushstroke itself and the harmonious rhythm of the whole composition. It is important to know that the essence of Chinese art is the artist’s expression and perception of nature, harmony and personal feelings. “I paint with an eye towards the emotional experience of my subjects. I want to create an intimate relationship between the viewer and the subject. Through use of composition, values and the sense of harmony.”


JURYING: Digital images will be juried for inclusion in the exhibition, using accepted standards of East Asian brush painting. Calligraphy entries will be considered for their artistic merit and not necessarily as a form of communication. This does not exclude classic calligraphy. No withdrawals, substitutions or price changes (except to NFS) will be accepted after a work is juried into the exhibition.


JURYING: This competition will be conducted in three stages, based on accepted standards of photographic quality and East Asian brush painting.

1. The digital images will be screened for photographic quality suitable for a virtual exhibition. Images that do not meet the quality standard required for a virtual exhibition will be disqualified from further consideration.

2. Only images of artwork that meet the quality standard described above will be sent to the juror for consideration for inclusion in the exhibition, using accepted standards of East Asian brush painting.

3. Digital images of works will then be considered by the juror for inclusion in the exhibition and for awards. No withdrawals or substitutions are allowed once a work has been accepted.


ENTER THE EXHIBITION -There are two Categories - PAINTING and CALLIGRAPHY. Artists may enter one or both categories.

MEMBER ENTRY FEES for Members of Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.

Paintings - 1 or 2 paintings for $40

Calligraphy - 1 or 2 calligraphy for $40

Painting and Calligraphy - $60 (1 or 2 paintings and 1 or 2 calligraphy)


Paintings - 1 or 2 paintings for $95

Calligraphy - 1 or 2 calligraphy for $95

Painting and Calligraphy - $115 (1 or 2 paintings and 1 or 2 calligraphy)

(The Non-Member price includes SSA dues of $50 for 2022)

Fees cover all entries, up to two (2) per category, four (4) per entrant.

Pay through using PayPal or Credit Card.



1. Works must be WET MOUNTED, SIGNED AND SEALED before photographing. Show only the image, no frame or mat in the photo. The digital image should accurately portray the original art. Be sure your images are rotated with the correct side up.

2. IMAGE SIZE must be listed to the nearest inch.

3. DIGITAL IMAGE SIZE must be at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi, but smaller than 4MB. Images must be in JPEG format, RGB color space. If you need help photographing your work or sizing your images click on, or email

4. SUBMISSION - Go to Fill out an Artist Profile to register with Online Juried Shows or Log In if you registered before. Find the Sumi-e Society of America logo on. Click on “I want to enter this show.” Upload your artwork images one at a time. Pay entry fee through by PayPal or Credit Card.

5. HELP is available from the videos on the website and from Sumi-e Society Board members.

6. EMAIL - Please add and to your email contact list to ensure notifications are received.


ONLINE ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 20, 2022 All digital entries must be submitted online not later than midnight.




Since paintings will be displayed on a computer screen, tall narrow or wide thin paintings will not present themselves well. Thus the maximum ratio that will be accepted will be 1 to 3. To calculate the ratio of the work, divide the largest dimension by the narrowest dimension. A painting that is 8 inches tall and 24 inches wide is 1 to 3. Since a computer monitor screen is a horizontal rectangle the ideal shape painting would have a ratio of 1 to 1.5. An artwork that is 20 inches by 30 inches is 1 to 1.5. This is the same proportion as a television screen. Works that exceed a ratio of 1 to 3 will be disqualified prior to viewing by the juror .


NOTIFICATION / ACCEPTANCE: JULY 22, 2022 - Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from To ensure receipt of this notification, please add Manager@ to your contact list, or safe senders’ list. Artists are responsible for checking their Artist Profile at


CATALOG: The Exhibition Catalog of Award winners and the DVD showing all the exhibited images will be sent to all Society members. Additional copies will be available from the Sumie Society for $8.00 in the US, $10.00 to Canada and Mexico, and $15.00 outside North America by airmail.


PUBLICATION: Artists give the Sumi-e Society the rights to use the images of all submitted works in the print and digital publications of the Society.


SALES: All works on exhibit will be offered for sale, unless marked NFS. A donation of 15% should be made to Sumi-e Society of America, Inc for any work sold during and through the virtual exhibition.


WORKSHOP: There will be one three-day workshop online on Zoom.

September - 9, 10, 11 --- Painting with Dongfeng Li

More information will be emailed to SSA members. Information will also be posted on the Society website


QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about the exhibition, please contact:

Carol Wiggins, National Co-Chair

Mobile, AL

Cell - 251-751-5111

Email -


Patricia Gustafson,

National Co-Chair

Faribault MN

Cell - 651-260-6954

Email -


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