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Watercolor USA 2016
June 4, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Springfield Art Museum - 1111 East Brookside Drive - Springfield MO 65807
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Application Dates:
Jan 2, 2016 - Mar 7, 2016
Application Fee:
$40.00 general entry
$30.00 Current Watercolor Honor Society Members
Notification Date:
Apr 1, 2016

Watercolor U.S.A. 2016


Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at https://www.sgfmuseum.org


Water color U.S.A. 2016 is a national competitive exhibition sponsored by the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri, since 1962. The primary purpose of the exhibition is to recognize and encourage watermedia painting.


Brief Biography

Lynne Warren, Curator

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Ms. Warren is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where she has organized over 25 solo exhibitions of internationally, nationally, and locally-based artists. Major exhibitions include “Alexander Calder: Form, Balance, Joy” of 2010, the “H.C. Westermann exhibition and catalogue raisonné projects of 2001, both of which traveled around the U.S., and the “Art in Chicago, 1945-1995” exhibition of 1996 which produced the first comprehensive book tracing Chicago’s unique art history.

Her publications are wide-ranging and numerous, including over 35 exhibition catalogues published by the MCA and such publishers as Harry N. Abrams and Thames and Hudson. As well she has contributed to Masterpieces of 20th Century Art, The Art Institute of Chicago (1988); the Encyclopedia of Chicago the Newberry Library, Chicago and the University of Chicago (2004); the Groves Dictionaries Dictionary of Art (1995); Photography After Photography, Siemans AG, Munich, (1999) and The Essential New Art Examiner, Northern Illinois Press, DeKalb (2011)and The Encyclopedia Britannica (2015). She is the editor for the three-volume reference book The Encyclopedia of 20th Century Photography published by Taylor and Francis Books, London and New York (2005), and is the author of the forthcoming monograph The Light of Coincidence: The Photography of Kenneth Josephson, published by the University of Texas Press.

CALENDAR 2016 - Important dates

March 7 - Entry deadline.

April 4 - Juror results notifications available.

April 27 - Deadline for artwork to arrive at the museum.

June 3 - Exhibition reception, 5:30 -7:00 P.M.

June 4 - Watercolor U.S.A. 2016 opens.

August 28 - Exhibition closes, 5:00 P.M.


Watercolor U.S.A. 2016 may be entered by any artist, 18 years of age or older, currently living in the United States of America or its possessions.


A nonrefundable entry fee of $40.00 will be charged for up to two entries. Current members of the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society will be charged $30.00 for up to two entries. Each artist is allowed a maximum of two entries submitted for consideration. Your entry is not complete until payment is made. If you experience any difficulty with the payment portion, please address concerns to: cquayle@springfieldmo.gov (or phone) 417-837-5700.


Artwork must utilize water-soluble paint as the primary medium. However, the Museum is particularly interested in highlighting artists who utilize watercolor in intriguing ways, both in terms of the content of the imagery as well as the process in which it was made. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. All artwork must be original, executed since January 1, 2015, and not previously shown at the Springfield Art Museum. All 2-D work accepted for the exhibition must be ready to hang. No saw tooth hangers allowed.


All work accepted for the exhibition must be ready for display. For 2-D work, maximum size is 8’ x 8’ including frame. 3-D work and sculpture is limited to 275 lbs., with maximum dimensions of 7’ x 5’ and must fit through a standard double entry door.


Watercolor U.S.A. 2016 will be selected from digital image files. Digital images should accurately represent the artworks entered. It is the intention of the Museum that all acceptances will be considered final. However, the Museum reserves the right to delete from the exhibition any artwork that does not conform to the entry specifications. Selection of artwork for awards will be made from the actual accepted paintings. Please do not send any detail views or photographic reproductions as they will not be seen by the juror.


After the jury process, artists will be notified of acceptance or declined status by email through Juried Art Services. You may also check acceptance or declined status by logging onto your account after the April 4, 2016 notification day.


Top cash prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $3000, $2000, $1500, and $1000. Approximately $40,000 total in cash and Springfield Art Museum purchase awards and Watercolor USA Honor Society cash awards will be available. Museum purchases will be selected by the Museum Director and the Curator. Cash awards will be made at the Juror’s discretion.


Each entrant will receive a copy of the exhibition catalogue by or at the close of the exhibition.


Accepted entries for Watercolor U.S.A. 2016 must arrive prepaid at the museum by April 27, 2016. Participants may use the carrier of their choice. Early shipment is encouraged. Obtain a tracking number from your shipper. You will not be notified by the museum when your package arrives. We will contact you only if there is a concern or damage that needs to be addressed.

No packing peanuts allowed . See FAQ: https://www.sgfmuseum.org for further packing information.

Ship to:

Springfield Art Museum
Watercolor U.S.A. 2016
1111 E. Brookside Drive
Springfield, MO 65807


Enclosing a prepaid return shipping label with your artwork is highly recommended.

Entries shipped without a prepaid return label will be shipped, COD, via the same carrier used by the sender within four to six weeks after the close of the exhibition. If return address is a P.O. Box, please include an alternate shipping address.

HAND DELIVERIES are accepted between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm beginning April 7.

Hand delivered entries may be retrieved beginning Monday, August 29, 2016, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Weekend deliveries or pickups must be arranged in advance with the Registrar. Accepted entries may not be removed before the close of the exhibition.


The Springfield Art Museum will exercise professional care in handling all entries, but cannot assume liability for loss or damage, however caused, while works are in the Museum’s possession or in transit. Accepted entries will be insured, while on exhibit, for the amount indicated on the Entry Form under the Museum’s “Fine Arts Floater Endorsement,” subject to the standard policy provisions. It is suggested that artists wishing additional protection insure their entries independently.


The Springfield Art Museum reserves the right to photograph and reproduce, in color or black & white, all artworks accepted for the exhibition regardless of copyright. Digital images will be used for the exhibition catalogue, educational, and/or publicity purposes only.


The Springfield Art Museum does not facilitate sales transactions. Patrons interested in purchase will be given artist contact information. In the event of a sale, please notify the Exhibition Manager (cquayle@springfieldmo.gov) by email verifying that the piece has sold. We will require that the name of the buyer and relevant information is provided in order to release the purchased artwork at the close of the exhibition.


The receipt of an entry for Watercolor U.S.A. 2016 will be understood to imply agreement on the part of the entrant with all conditions set forth in this prospectus.


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