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WVWS is interested in supporting the efforts of our state’s art organizations. We will post information about watermedia workshops sponsored by West Virginia-based art groups on our website. Limit of 90 words per listing. For more information, contact the WVWS webmaster at wvwatercolor[-at-]

Morgantown Art Association hosting watermedia workshops

The Morgantown Art Association has several workshops planned for the coming months, including watermedia workshops led by Lynn Ferris, Sue Archer and Sterling Edwards. You can learn more about these opportunities by visiting the MAA website workshop page at–classes.html.


Calls for Entry

2018 RCCAC Annual Gala Exhibition

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Randolph County Community Arts Center Gala exhibition, Aug. 31 – Sept. 29, at the center in Elkins.

Submissions are due July 20, 2018.

For more visit the RCCAC website HERE.

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open

The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society celebrates its 73rd anniversary with the Aqueous Open 2018. Aqueous Open is the annual international PWS exhibit open to all participants, member or not. The 2018 Aqueous International Exhibition will run Oct. 6 –  27, 2018, at the Spinning Plate Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pa. For a prospectus and full exhibit information please go to

The 2018 PWS Annual Aqueous is open to any artist 18 or older working in water-based media. Works submitted for consideration to PWS Aqueous Open must be primarily water-based media on an unvarnished paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are also permitted,) no canvas. Two pieces may be submitted. Over $5,000 in cash and merchandise awards.

Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempura, watercolor with ink, water soluble pencil, crayon or graphite and must be artist’s original work only, 10% collage only. No pastels, class work, digital images, any form of print or reproduction Artist’s original work only. No copies or likenesses of another artist’s work including published source or reference not attributable to the artist. Work must have been completed within the last two years and not previously shown in a PWS exhibit. All paintings must be sturdily framed under glass or Plexiglas®. All works must be for sale.

Entry fee for one or two pieces is USD $40 for non-members and $30 for Pittsburgh Watercolor Society members.

Awards are selected from received work with more than $5,000 in total cash and merchandise awards. Awards announced at the opening reception, Oct 6.

Entry Deadline is July 8, 2017.

Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition

The 50th Annual Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition Exhibition will be on display from Oct. 13-Dec. 16, 2018, in the City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, Calif.

Online entries only. Deadline for entries is  June 28, 2018.

Juror is Katherine Chang Liu. Approximately $20,000 cash and merchandise awards will be distributed. Entry Fee for 1- 2 entries is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Only transparent watercolor on rag paper will be accepted.

Visit for prospectus and information.

Philadelphia Water Color Society Exhibition

Al Richards, director of the Philadelphia Water Color Society’s 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper, is extending an invitation to WVWS members to enter PWCS’s 2018 international exhibition, which will be held Oct. 14 – Nov. 24, 2018, at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa.

Juror of Selection will be Alan Wylie, and Judge of Awards will be Alvaro Castagnet. A 3-day workshop during October 2018 will also be conducted by Alvaro Castagnet.

Over $8,000.00 in awards, including $1,500.00 Best in Show, will be presented. Media may include watercolor, acrylic, pastel, gouache, pen & ink, graphite, colored pencil and hand-pulled prints.

Online entry. Prospectus, submission information and workshop info will be available around Jan. 31, 2018, at Online entry for the exhibition will open on April 1, 2018,  and entry access will conclude on July 15, 2018.

The workshop with Alvaro Castagnet is expected to fill quickly. Visit the workshop listing on the Wayne Art Center website for more information:

Parkersburg Art Center 6×6 Fundraiser

The Parkersburg Art Center, which regularly hosts WVWS for its exhibits, is conducting a fundraising project – the 6X6 Project – which will open in early November and be on display for six weeks.

Artists across the region are asked to complete and donate a 6-by-6-inch piece of artwork, any medium, 2-D or 3-D. PAC will offer all artwork for $20 per piece as part of the fundraising effort.

All mediums and family-friendly themes are eligible, including: oil, acrylic, pen and ink, colored pencil, scrapbooking, marker, gouache, watercolor, charcoal, mixed media, photography, pottery, edible 6×6’s, bead art, origami, photography, Legos, stained glass, sculpture, bonsai trees, craft items related to nature, nurseries and kids rooms, sports, Christmas, quotes, abstract, realism, and all ideas in between are welcome.

A suggestion for watercolorists: If you have a painting which you do not like BUT there is a 6″x6″ section you DO like, please considering cutting that portion out and sending it to PAC for the 6×6 project. Also, PAC will take care of presenting the watercolors for display. Unsealed, unframed watercolors are suitable.

Mail your finished 6×6’s to: Parkersburg Art Center 6X6, 725 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101

Deadline for submitting pieces is October 26.

Check out the PAC website at or the PAC Facebook page for weekly updates:

Questions? Contact Dorsey Northrup 304-481-8960 or call the Parkersburg Art Center at 304-485-3859.

Pop-up Exhibition Opportunity in Charleston

On the third Thursday of each month from March to December, the Juliet Art Museum, in partnership with Riggs Commercial Realty, sponsor one emerging, West Virginian artist during ArtWalk. By providing a location in Downtown Charleston during the event for that local artist to showcase their work for the length of the event, setting up and tearing down in the same day, the Emerging Artist Pop-Up Exhibit aims to promote and support emerging West Virginian artists.

To Apply, email the following documents to

CV with link to artist website (PDF)
Up to 5 PDF images including title, medium, size, year.
Artist statement (PDF)
Preferred month to exhibit (March through December 2018)

Applicant Instructions and Disclaimer:

  • Artists are invited to submit up to 5 examples of work (.PDF) listing the title, medium, size, and year, that are representative of what would be shown at the Juliet Art Museum Pop Up.
  • Artists should include a brief artist statement (maximum of 250 words) about the submitted works and a one page CV listing exhibition history (both documents must be PDFs).
  • Artists are to be aware that the locations provided by Riggs Realty have wall hanging restrictions and therefore artists are asked to consider alternate hanging solutions (command hooks, easels, etc.) which are supplied by the Juliet Art Museum. Any specialized hanging systems are to be supplied by the artist and approved by the Juliet Art Museum and Riggs Realty.
  • Artists are responsible for same-day set up and take down of the show, with assistance from the Juliet Art Museum.
  • The Juliet Art Museum reserves the right to photograph accepted works for publicity and educational purposes.
  • Artists are to be aware that the location of the ArtWalk pop up is subject to change, and therefore the Juliet Art Museum cannot guarantee a specific location.
  • Artists will be notified via email upon acceptance or otherwise.
  • The Juliet Art Museum reserves the right to reject any work that is not properly represented in submission and is not ready to hang and/or display.  Entry into the Juliet Art Museum Emerging Artist Pop Up does not guarantee your work will be selected.
  • The Juliet Art Museum and Riggs Commercial Realty will exercise every possible care in the safekeeping of artist’s work while in their possession but are not responsible for any damage or loss of property during set up, exhibition, or deinstallation  – all liability is taken by the artist.

See and Do


WVWS grant applications available

The West Virginia Watercolor Society is mandated by charter to “Promote and Ensure the High Standards of the Art of Watercolor in the State of West Virginia.”

To this end, WVWS is offering a grant of up to $500 to a member for the purpose of fostering creativity within the state. To download the grant application, click HERE.

Manchin exhibition space available

WVWS members have an opportunity to exhibit at U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s Fairmont office. Contact Jeannine Romano at or call 304-672-0222.