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44th Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition
April 23, 2021 to June 19, 2021
Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, (GACM), 13 N. Madison St., Quincy, FL
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Application Dates:
Oct 6, 2020 - Jan 22, 2021
Application Fee:
$65.00 ($35.00 application fee plus $30.00 membership dues)
$35.00 application fee only
Notification Date:
Feb 5, 2021



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44th Southern Watercolor Society
Annual Juried Exhibition 2021

Exhibition Dates: April 23 – June 19, 2021
Entry Deadline: ‚ÄčJanuary 22, 2021

Artists participating in the juried competition must be 2021 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.


Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, (GACM)
13 N. Madison St.
Quincy, FL 32351


Contact Person: Angie Barry,
Curator of Exhibitions and Collection,


David R. Smith, AWS, NWS www.dsmithfineart.com

Based on current conditions, the workshop will be offered virtually in keeping with the City of Quincy and Gadsden County, FL ordinances.

David R. Smith is prepared to instruct a virtual 3-day workshop April 15-16-17, 2021. He has over 25 years of experience as a public school teacher. He is skilled at breaking down complex concepts and skills into easily learned chunks. The workshop will be presented on live YouTube and lasts from 10am EST to 5pm EST each day. Participants will paint along with David. The workshop will end with a Zoom meeting where participants will be able to share and discuss their paintings. It will be packed with step-by-step instruction, demos and guided practice. “David R. Smith’s Watercolor Journey” will cover unique approaches to creating a radiant Bouquet of Flowers, a Mountain Cabin and a Stormy Sky seascape. Wet-on-wet, spattering and spraying will keep the paintings fresh with exciting blends and textures. The cost of the 3-day virtual workshop is $180. Full payment is due with the application. Payment is not refundable.  

Workshop information and an application can be found on the Southern Watercolor Society’s website www.southernwatercolorsociety.org under the “Exhibition Menu.” Full payment for the workshop will be done through PayPal.

If you have questions, contact:
Linda Pelc, Event Coordinator
linzp60@hotmail.com 850-728-0155.



  • Cash awards and merchandise awards will exceed $10,000 this year.
  • Best of Show will earn $2,000.
  • A Platinum category will be added at $1,750, Gold - $1,500, Silver - $1,250, Bronze - $1000. 

This exhibition will be hung at GACM.                                

January 22, 2021 - Application entry deadline

January 29 - Juror Receives images for selection into the exhibition

February 12 - Accept/Decline notifications via Juried Arts Services (JAS)

April 6-9 - Shipped works to arrive at GACM

April 13 (10am – 4pm) - Hand-delivered works accepted at GACM

April 23 – June 19 - Exhibition Dates

April 17 - Juror’s Selection of Awards

Thurs, April 15 – Sat, April 17 - David R. Smith Workshop

Fri, April 23 - Members Meeting, Reception/Awards Ceremony on Zoom

June 22 (10am – 4pm) - Pick-up of hand-delivered work

June 22 or before
- Works packed for return shipping  


___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 140 square inches. Framed size maximum is 44” in either direction. (see below)

___5. All works must have been completed after January, 2019 and not have been accepted into previous SW exhibitions.

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


Painting image a minimum of 140 sq.in., as viewed within the mat opening.  An image painted exactly to the edge of 140 sq.in. (eg. 10x14) paper can be floated within a larger mat opening.

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

Maximum overall size of frame cannot exceed 44” x 44”.

Maximum width of the frame molding cannot exceed one and one-half (1.5) inches. Simple, smooth, flat profile in undecorated metal or wood. Color can be black, white, gold, silver, and natural wood.

Painting must be protected with Plexiglas or an acrylic glazing sheet. NO glass. NO “saw tooth” hangers.



___ 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, U-LINE or Master Pack boxes is strongly recommended. A reusable box made for shipping a painting is required. NO wooden boxes. NO screws or nails. NO peanuts. 
Please print your name boldly on the outer flap for easy recognition for packing.

___3.  Please place a copy of your accepted image on the inside lid of your shipping box.

___4.  GACM requires a $25 Handling Fee.  A link to pay this fee and to fill out a loan agreement will be found on the GACM website www.gadsdenarts.org

___5. Ship to:

Angie Barry,
Curator of Exhibitions and Collection
Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
13 N. Madison St., Quincy, FL 32351


Submission of the entry shall serve as an agreement by the artist that all conditions in this prospectus have been met. SW reserves the right to refuse, upon arrival, any painting of unacceptable quality or damaged in shipment. A painting that does not match its submitted digital image or doesn’t meet the presentation guidelines of this prospectus will be returned. 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.  The Southern Watercolor Society (SW) and its officers and the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum 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 GACM. Each artist must carry his/her 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. Painting is determined to not be an original

3. Submission of artwork other than the one that was juried into the SW Exhibition

4. Submission of a painting already accepted in a previous SW show                         

Artists with dues paid for may submit up to two painting images with a non-refundable entry fee of $35. 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
  • Resolution: 72 dpi minimum, 300 dpi maximum (ideal)
  • Minimum of 1400 pixels on the shortest side. Maximum of 4000 pixels on the longest side
  • Size not to exceed: 5 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 Juried Art Services (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.

All entry applications will be submitted online through Juried Art Services(JAS).
A link to the application can be found at

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 your application to the 44th Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition for 2021.

Submit your $35.00 application fee via PayPal or credit card, or submit your $65.00 membership dues plus application fee via PayPal or credit card. Look for the drop down box when paying to make the right choice.  For JAS Technical Assistance, contact support@jurying.net. SW Data Administrator: Linda Pelc: phone: 850-728-0155 or email: linzp60@hotmail.com .

Gadsden Arts Center & Museum does not sell the paintings but will notify the Event Chairperson if a buyer is interested in purchasing a painting. The Event Chairperson will then give the artist the contact information of the buyer. It is the responsibility of the artist, after receipt/return of the work, to arrange for pickup or delivery of the artwork directly to the purchaser. 

A link to the application via Juried Arts Services can be found
on the Southern Watercolor Society’s Website,

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