RAI 44th Annual Open Juried Show
March 10, 2024 to March 24, 2024
Ridgewood, NJ
Application Dates
Oct 10 '23 to Jan 12 '24
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Feb 1, 2024



The Ridgewood Art Institute is proud to present the
RAI 44th Annual Open 
Juried Show

Application Deadline 
 January 12th, 2024

Application Fees (Members)
One Entry...$40      Two Entries...$50

Application Fees (Non-Members)
One Entry...$45      Two Entries...$55

Entry fees are non-refundable  There is a 25% donation to RAI on all sales.

Ridgewood Art Institute

Painting by Tim Saternow


Over $4000 in merchandise and cash awards including a $1000 grand prize.

The action of the Juries of Selection and Awards is final

Application Fees 

RAI Members

One Entry $40

Two Entries $50 

RAI Non-Members

One Entry $45

Two Entries $55 

Entry fees are non-refundable

There is a 25% donation to RAI on all sales

 Judges: Thomas Michael Nicholas-Oil & Tim Saternow-Watercolor

 Ridgewood Art Institute

Notification of Acceptance
Feb 1, 2024 by email or online at Juried Art Services


  • Open to all artists 18 years and older.
  • Traditional realism only.
  • Two-dimensional work only. No sculpture, photography, digital art or crafts.
  • Maximum entries (2). However only one (1) painting may be accepted.
  • Maximum size not to exceed 44 inches at the longest dimension, including frame.
  • Artist's original work only. No class work, no work from workshops, no work done under supervision.
  • Copyright infringement of any kind is unacceptable. Submission must be originally conceived: artist's own reference, drawing, concept, and must have been self-painted. No copies of another's drawings, photographs, stock images, google maps or AI.
  • Artwork must have been completed in the last 3 years and never exhibited at previous RAI Juried Shows. Artwork must be framed (no strip molding), properly wired and ready for hanging.
  •  All watercolor, pastel, pencil and ink must be framed and under glass or Plexiglas. Works over 20" x 30" MUST be under Plexiglas. 
  • Entries accepted into the exhibition must remain in the exhibition until the end of the show. 


RAI reserves the right to reject any work that falls outside eligibility guidelines or does not match image submitted for jurying. RAI and its members will not be held responsible for loss or damages. Entry into this show constitutes agreement with these terms & conditions.

Important Dates

Application Deadline­-January 12, 2024 

Notification of Acceptance-February 1 

Awards posted on RAI website-March 6, www.ridgewoodartinstitute.org 

Awards Reception-March 24, 2:00-4:00 pm 

Exhibition Dates-March 10-24, check website for hours


Delivery of Accepted Work

Delivery for Local Artists: Deliver uncrated artwork to the Ridgewood Art Institute, 12 East Glen Ave., Ridgewood, NJ on March 2, 8:30am-12:00pm. Hand delivered work may be removed after 4pm at the Awards Reception March 24, or on March 25. 

Out of Town Artists: Ship artwork to the Ridgewood Art Institute,12 East Glen Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 to arrive between February 26-March 1. 

Handling fee: Out of town Artists must pay a $25 fee prior to their painting being hung. A pre-paid return shipping label must be included with artwork. RAI will waive the uncrating fee for artists who use a commercially manufactured artist's/strong box such as a StrongBox by Airfloat Systems, or Masterpak, Uline or a FedEx Premium Art Box (not a FedEx Large Frame Box). Note: Home Depot boxes are NOT included in the list of boxes for which the fee will be waived. NO PEANUTS or similar loose packing material. Artists who do not use one of these special boxes are required to remit the $25 prior to hanging of the painting. Strong Boxes will be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the show at the artist's expense. Please Note--RAI is not responsible for shipping sold work.



Thomas Michael Nicholas

Thomas Michael Nicholas was born December 2, 1963. He studied privately with his father, Thomas A. Nicholas, NA, AWS, as well as at John Terelak’s  Gloucester Academy and at the Montserrat School of Visual Art. He has won 190 awards, including 22 gold medals. Nicholas’ work has appeared in magazines, books, and private and public collections. He received the Mary Bryan Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2020, the Cape Ann Museum mounted a show with him and his father.


Tim Saternow

Tim Saternow’s  watercolor paintings explore the lost and forgotten edges of the urban landscape. A Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Tim has exhibited in Provincetown, China, Italy, and New York. His paintings are published in the SPLASH book series, Watercolor Artist Magazine and The Art of Watercolour Magazine ( France). He is known for his award-winning theatre and film designs, along with an Emmy nomination for his Art Direction. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a Clark Hulings Fund Fellow.