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Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition
May 15, 2018 to June 22, 2018
ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL
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Application Dates:
Oct 23, 2017 - Feb 19, 2018
Application Fee:
Application Fee - $30.00
Application fee plus membership dues - $65.00
Notification Date:
Mar 7, 2018

Southern Watercolor Society
Annual Juried Exhibition 2018

Entry Deadline: February 19, 2017


Frequently Asked Questions:

1.       Is “image size” the size of the paper I paint on? No, “image size” refers to the size of the painting as seen through the opening in the mat. SW rules state that is must be at least 12 inches minimum. A painting done on a quarter sheet of watercolor paper would not qualify.

2.       Can I use a colored liner? No. For exhibition purposes the matting must be white or off white.

3.       I have a frame that is 2 inches wide. Can I use it with my painting? No. According to SW rules, framing must be no larger than 1 ½ inches. The frame must be simple with no decorative corners. It is the painting that is most important in an exhibition, not the frame.

4.       Can I use a dark stained wood frame? Yes. It must be plain in character. You may also use a simple wood frame that is painted black.


Artists participating in the juried competition must be 2018 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 $30.00 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.


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 and exhibition suspension 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 through the mat 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 2016 and not have been accepted into previous SW exhibitions. This is very important 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 .  


ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

Contact Person: Carla Nierman, Executive Director, carla@artcentermanatee.org, 941-746-2862 

JUROR / WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR:   John Salminen, NWS, AWS.DF: www.johnsalminen.com

John Salminen will instruct a 4-day workshop, Realism Through Design,” for the Southern Watercolor Society, May 15 through May 18, 2018 at ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton FL in conjunction with the 41st  Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition. The cost of the 4-day workshop is $550.  Maximum attendance will be 20 participants. Register now! Contact: Kathy Simon-McDonald, Event Chairperson to receive an application and supply list. A deposit of $200 must accompany the application. The balance must be paid by April 1, 2018Mail the application and check, made out to the Southern Watercolor Society, to Kathy Simon-McDonald, Workshop Chairperson, 6460 Mourning Dove Dr. #402, Bradenton, FL 34210, kathleen2002@aol.com , 631-413-0370. 

41st EXHIBITION CALENDAR 2018                                                                                                  

February 19 - Application entry deadline (Membership dues may be paid separately.)

February 28 - Juror Receives images

March 16 - Accept / Decline notifications via Juried Arts Services (JAS)

May 1-10 - ArtCenter Manatee to receive shipped work - A $20 handling fee required

May 12 - Hand-delivered and shipped works to arrive at ACM,  9 am - 1 pm – No handling fee

May 15-June 22, 2018 - Exhibition Dates

May 14 - Juror’s Selection of Awards

May 15-18 – John Salminen Workshop  (9-4 pm) The Art Center Manatee

May 18 - Friday Gathering TBA

May 19 - Registration 9 AM /Members Meeting 9:30 AM; Lunch /11AM-12 PM / John Salminen-1 PM-3 PM

May 19 - Awards Reception-PCCA  5-7 p.m.

June 23 9 am – 1 pm – Pick-up of hand-delivered work

June 24 – July 11 – Shipment of Artwork

July 14 – Sales/checks

ENTRY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2018                                                           

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.)


• 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 2018 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 (JAS) along with the application fee. All entry applications will be submitted online through Juried Art Services (JAS). 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 41st 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 JAS Technical Assistance, contact support@jurying.net 

Data Administrator: Linda Pelc 850-688-3701   linzp60@hotmail.com


Failure to follow these guidelines will result in return and/or disqualification for awards. In the event a painting is received damaged the artist will be notified for further actions to be taken.                                                                                   


Painting image a minimum of 12 INCHES per side, length and width, as viewed within the mat opening.


White or light neutral (no colors or black) with painting image visible within the opening of the mat.


Maximum size frame cannot exceed 44” x 44”.


Maximum width of the frame molding cannot exceed one and one-half (1.5) inches

Use simple, smooth, unadorned wood OR plain metal in black, gold or silver.


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.


ArtCenter Manatee requires a handling fee in the amount of $20.00 for shipped paintings.

There is no handling fee for hand delivered painting.


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 Bradenton, Florida will be included with your acceptance notification. (Please make check out to ArtCenter Manatee, in the amount of $20.00 for the handling fee for shipped paintings. Place the check in an envelope and attached to the wire on the back of the painting.) 

COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST REQUIRED: If your painting is accepted, please complete, sign and attach the Compliance Checklist located in the shipping directions with your acceptance notice. Please attach the form to the left, top corner. In the event a painting is returned to the artist, you will be notified by email or phone either by the venue or a SW representative.



ATTN: Carla Nierman, Executive Director

ArtCenter Manatee

209 9th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205



The Art Center Manatee (ACM) will retain a 35% commission deducted from the sales price quoted by the artist. The venue will collect and remit sales tax and other applicable taxes on sales. ACM will pay 65% of the selling price to the artist by July 14, 2018. All participating artists will be required to provide tax identification numbers to the venue. Works sold will remain in the gallery until the completion of the show. The ACM will make arrangements for delivery of the artwork to the purchaser at the purchaser’s expense.


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 ArtCenter Manatee 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 2018 to be eligible for the exhibition and/or receiving an award.



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