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Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition
April 29, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Panama City Center for the Arts
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Application Dates:
Oct 27, 2016 - Feb 13, 2017
Application Fee:
Application Fee - $30.00
Application fee plus membership dues - $65.00
Notification Date:
Mar 13, 2017

Southern Watercolor Society
Annual Juried Exhibition 2017

Entry Deadline: February 13, 2017

Artist Eligibility:
Artists participating in the juried competition must be 2017 members of the Southern Watercolor Society and reside in the District of Columbia or one of the following southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia. Members in good standing who have moved from these states remain eligible. Dues are $35.00 and may be paid online at www.southernwatercolorsociety.org. Also at the end of the online application, applicants will have the choice of paying the application fee plus membership dues ($65.00), or only the application fee ($35.00) if membership dues have already been paid.

Painting Eligibility:
Artwork submitted must be original as stated below. If a painting is discovered to not be an original, the SW Board will immediately withdraw the painting and/or award. Membership suspension and exhibition will be a minimum of 2 years.  Please use honorable ethics concerning originality.  SW reserves the right to refuse, upon arrival, any painting of unacceptable quality or damage in shipment. A painting that does not match its submitted digital image will be returned.


  1. Paintings must be original in composition / design and not copies of other artist’s work, including photographs by persons other than the artist. Paintings started or completed under supervision in a workshop are not eligible to enter.
  2. Paintings are limited to water-based media, painted on paper, watercolor board or YUPO, unvarnished. (no water soluble oil or pastel products)
  3. Collage is acceptable if it consists only of paper painted by the artist (no newsprint, photos, digital images, giclées, 3-D objects, gold leaf or metal)
  4. Image size showing may be no smaller than 12” in either direction. Framed size maximum is 44” in either direction.
  5. All works must have been completed after MAY 2015 and not have been accepted into previous SW exhibitions. This is very important check to check your dates of completion before entering.
  6. Juried paintings will be rejected and returned to the artist if they do not conform to the above specifications and the presentation guidelines stated below under PRESENTATION.

Panama City Center for the Arts
19 East 4th St. and Harrison Ave., Panama City, FL (850)640-3670

Hours of operation: Tues – Sat 10 AM – 5 PM / Closed Sun & Mon

Admission is free.


The mission of Panama City Center for the Arts is to provide the community with broad based educational experiences and quality performances, encompassing various art forms to being cultural awareness and enrichment to Bay County.

Juror / Workshop Instructor:

Linda Kemp will instruct a 4-day workshop, “Negative Painting Obsession,” for the Southern Watercolor Society, April 25-28, 2017 at the Panama City Art Center, in Panama City, FL in conjunction with the 40th Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition. The cost of the 4-day workshop is $350. Maximum attendance will be 25 participants. Register now! Download the application from the SW Website: www.southernwatercolorsociety.org. A deposit of $175 must accompany the application. The balance must be paid by April 1, 2017. Mail the application and check, made out to the Southern Watercolor Society, to Don Taylor, Event Coordinator, 3416 W Hwy 390, Panama City, FL 32405 (850-215-9424) Email: dltaylor215@gmail.com

40th Exhibition Calendar 2017

February 13 Application entry deadline (Membership dues must be paid separately.)
February 22 Juror Receives images
March 13 Accept / Decline notifications
April 12-19 Panama City Art Center to receive shipped work
April 12-17 Hand-delivered and shipped works to arrive at PCAC 9 AM - 4 PM
April 29 - June 16 Exhibition Dates
April 24 Juror’s Selection of Awards
April 25-28 Linda Kemp Workshop (9-4 pm) Panama City Art Center
April 28 Friday Gathering TBA
April 29 Registration 9 AM /Members Meeting 9:30 AM; Lunch /11AM-12 PM / PCCA-Linda Kemp Demo-1 PM-2:30 PM
April 29 Awards Reception-PCCA 5-7 p.m.
June 19 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Pick-up of hand-delivered work
Begin Return Shipping June 19

Entry Deadline: February 13, 2017
Artists with dues paid for may submit up to two painting images with a non-refundable entry fee of $35. Dues may be paid online at www.southernwatercolorsociety.org. No more than one painting per entrant will be selected for this exhibition. Acceptance into three exhibitions earns Artist Signature Membership (SW). Acceptance into ten exhibitions earns Life Membership. (LM pays no dues.)

JPEG Image Specifications: • Submit the highest quality image in JPEG format • Minimum resolution: 300 ppi •Minimum of 1800 pixels on the longest side • Size not to exceed: 3 MB • Crop out all matting • Correctly orient the image as viewed, vertically or horizontally • Rename the image with the entry number 1 or 2 then the correct title for the painting (1-Joyful Smiles). Since the image will be uploaded to your JAS account, do not add your name. JAS will assign an identification number. SW reserves the right to reject any juried painting that is noticeably different from the JPEG image or does not comply with entry specifications.

Entry Methods:
All applicants must be current 2017 members of the Southern Watercolor Society. Membership dues may be renewed online using PayPal at www.southernwatercolorsociety.org. Membership dues may also be paid online through Juried Art Services along with the application fee. All entry applications will be submitted online through Juried Art Services. A link to the application can be found at www.southernwatercolorsociety.org. To make this process easy, first prepare your images for uploading. Then click on the JAS logo to obtain the SW application. Set up or log into an account with JAS. Once that is done, fill out and submit you application to the 40th Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried
Exhibition for 2017. Submit your $35.00 application fee via PayPal, or submit your $65.00 membership dues plus application fee via PayPal. Look for the drop down box when paying to make the right choice. For Technical Assistance, contact support@jurying.net or call 561-832-0480 to speak with a "live" person. Data
Administrator: Linda Pelc 850-536-1942 linzp60@hotmail.com

Framing: (Please pay close attention to presentation that includes mats and the frame. It is important to note the kind of frames and width limitations. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in return and/or disqualification for awards.)
___1. Minimum image size at least 12 per side, length and width.
___2. Use white or light neutral mat (not black or colored mats) with the image visible within the opening of the mat.
___3. Maximum frame size cannot exceed 44” x 44”.
___4. Maximum width of the frame molding cannot exceed one and one-half (1.5) inches.
___5. Molding must be simple, unadorned light colored wood, or metal in gold, silver or black. NO
decorative corners.

___6.Painting must be protected with Plexiglas or an acrylic glazing sheet. NO glass. Frame must be ready to hang with wire in place. NO “saw tooth” hangers. (In the event a painting is received damaged the artist will be notified for further actions to
be taken.)

___ 1. Accepted paintings must be shipped in a reusable box via UPS or FedEx including PREPAID return shipping
labels. Return labels must include a bar code.
___ 2. Shipping artwork in Airfloat or U-LINE boxes is strongly recommended. NO wooden boxes. NO screws or nails.
NO peanuts. Please print your name boldly on the outer flap for easy recognition for packing.
___3. Additional instructions for shipping to Panama City, Florida will be included with acceptance notification. (Please make check out to Panama City Center of the Arts, in the amount of $15.00 for the handling fee for shipped paintings. Place the check in an envelope and attached to the wire on the back of the painting.) (NEW Action Required) If your painting is accepted, please complete, sign and attach the Compliance Checklist located in the shipping directions. Please attach the form to the left, top corner. In the event a painting is returned to the artist, you will notified by email or phone either by the venue or a SW representative.

ATTN: Kim Griffin-Whit
The Panama City Center for the Arts
4th Street and Harrison Ave

Sales: Paintings will be for sale unless specified NFS by the artist. PCCA will handle all sales, collect sales tax and will remit to the artist. A 20% commission will be retained by PCCA. Works sold will remain in the gallery until the completion of the show. The purchaser and artist will make arrangements for delivery of the artwork to the purchaser at the purchaser’s expense. No price changes can be made after acceptance into the exhibition.

Artist’s Agreement: (IMPORTANT)
Submission of the entry shall serve as an agreement by the artist that all conditions in this prospectus have been met. The Southern Watercolor Society (SW) and its officers and the Panama City Art Centre and its representatives and employees are released and discharged of any and all claims made by damage or loss of the painting while in the possession of SW or PG. Each artist must carry their own insurance for shipping damage and/or damage during the exhibit. Images of selected art will be used in the SW catalog, for publicity, for educational purposes and on the organizations’ websites at the discretion of the SW Board. No work accepted for the SW Annual Exhibition may be withdrawn prior to close of the exhibit. Suspension of membership privileges for one year will be enforced for the following:

  1. Failure to submit an accepted painting
  2. Submission of artwork other than the one that was juried into the SW Exhibition
  3. Submission of a painting already accepted in a previous SW show

The Southern Watercolor Society has adopted the following policy relating to acceptance/display in any juried exhibition: “Any SW member who attempts to influence, intimidate and/or harass a judge, exhibitor, Board member, or exhibition committee member can be banned from the current show and from future entry into SW exhibitions by a vote of the Board. The juror’s decision will be final for the accepted paintings as will be the judge’s decision for awards.”
SW membership dues must be current for 2017 to be eligible for the exhibition and/or receiving an award.

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