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Ohio Watercolor Society
Watercolor Ohio 2024

Watercolor Ohio 2024 Prospectus

Ohio Watercolor Society—47th Annual Juried Exhibition

Middletown Arts Center, 130 N. Verity Pkwy Marion Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45042

Exhibition Dates September 9 – October 17, 2024

Juror of Selection and AwardsKen Call 

Born and raised in Rochelle, Illinois, Ken went on to graduate from the American Academy of Art in 1980 with an Associate Degree in Illustration and Watercolor. After starting his career as a studio artist, he soon branched out and began a successful freelance career, which led to the creation of over 500 illustrations for books, magazines, art publishers, advertising agencies and corporations. During the past few years, Ken made the transition to fine art and portraiture. 

Many of his originals hang in galleries and homes across the country. Several awards have led to Signature status in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society along with being a Master Signature member with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Illinois Watercolor Society. 



Entries open: January 20, 2024 

Entries due: 11:59pm on April 6, 2024 

Notification of entrants Week of May 13, 2024 

Delivery of accepted works: Saturday, June 13, 10am-2pm

(hand-delivery only) Sunday, June 14, 10am-4pm 

Ken Call Workshop: Tuesday, July 16 — Friday, July 19, 2024

Exhibit opens to public: Monday, September 9, 2024

OWS Reception: Saturday, September 21, 2024, 1-4pm

OWS Banquet: Saturday, September 21, 2024

Closing date of exhibition: Thursday, October 17, 2024

Painting pick-up: Saturday, October 19, 2024 



Associate, Signature and Lifetime members of the Ohio Watercolor Society. 

Nonmembers should join the OWS as an Associate for $35 prior to submitting to the exhibition:



·       Watercolor, thinned acrylic, casein, gouache, and egg tempera. Water-soluble oil paints are not eligible. 

·       Paintings may be done on any material that supports the paint, including paper, illustration board, canvas and Yupo. 

·       Painting must have been completed within the past three years. 

·       Artist’s original work only. No classwork. No work done under supervision. No copies 

or likenesses of another artist’s work including published source or reference work not 

attributable to the artist. 

·       Collage materials must be artist-generated using a water-based medium on a surface that accepts water media, excluding commercially or mechanically printed substrates. The maximum allowed depth of the collage is 2-1/2 inches. 

·       No work previously exhibited in Watercolor Ohio may be submitted. 

·       All entries must be matted, framed and wired, ready to hang 

·       Maximum frame size is 44" in either direction (height or width). 

·       Minimum image size (do not include mat or frame) is 121 square inches (measure to the nearest 1⁄2 inch and multiply image height x width). [Typical minimum image 

sizes are 9 x 13.5”, 9.5 x 13”, 10 x 12.5”, 10.5 x 12”, and 11 x 11”] 

·       Weight: 40 pounds maximum 

·       Glazing: Plexiglas (acrylic)—no glass accepted 

·       Matting: Single mat or top mat (if multiple) must be white or off-white 


All entries for the 2024 Exhibition will be made online through Log in and click Enter This Show to begin. If you need to create an account, do so at this link and then return to this page to begin your submissions:


About Your Digital Image: 

  • Digital file must be in JPG format 
  • Image must be 1920 pixels (minimum 800) on the longer side (or higher)
  • File size must be under 4MB 
  • Show only the image, no frame or mat. 
  • Images that are not correctly formatted are liable to exclusion from jurying. 

For help with your submissions, contact or 888-666-1351



Entry Fees: Your first entry is free of charge—you may submit a second entry for $20 (entry fees are non-refundable). Only one entry can be accepted for the exhibition. If you do not see your images on your receipt they did not upload. Contact for assistance.

Hanging Fee: Accepted artists will be charged a $20 hanging fee. 



The Ohio Watercolor Society and the hosting gallery accept no liability for damage to paintings. All entries listed as “not for sale” (NFS) must have a value stated during entry. Add the value to the description field on the entry form.



30% of the sales price will be retained as a commission to be given to the gallery and/or as a donation to OWS. The artist will receive 70%. All work sold must remain in the exhibit and, if selected, in the Travel Show until these exhibits close. 



Awards are decided by the juror based on review of the actual paintings. Awards in previous years have averaged more than $5000 in cash and materials.  Accepted artists will be asked whether or not they want to release their painting for inclusion in the travel show.   Paintings not released for the Travel Show (see below) are not eligible for awards.



The juror will select up to 32 works including all award-winners for the OWS Travel Show. These selected works will be exhibited in museums, art centers and galleries throughout the state.  



Any artist who has been accepted in two (2) OWS annual exhibitions is eligible for review for Signature membership. The application deadline is Saturday, June 10, 2024. Use the form on the “Apply for Signature Membership” page:  

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