Watercolor U.S.A.

Watercolor U.S.A 2014

June 7 - August 3, 2014

Opening Reception: June 6, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (Hosted by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates)

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Information for Artists

About Watercolor U.S.A.

Watercolor U.S.A. is a nationally known, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. Featuring some of the country's best known artists and jurors, the event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Hundreds of entries are received annually and judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum or its patrons. Approximately $40,000 in cash, merchandise, patron and Springfield Art Museum purchase awards are available. Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event attracts thousands of visitors annually to the Museum and to Springfield to view the work of exhibitors.

Prospectus/Entry Procedure

  • Purpose

  • Watercolor U.S.A. 2014 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.

  • Juror

  • Maggie Adler is Assistant Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Adler has master's and bachelor's degrees in art history from Williams College in Massachusetts. She has held previous positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Williams College Museum of Art and the Addison GalČlery of American Art. She has particular knowledge of 19th century American Art but has also worked extenČsively with contemporary artists. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she was part of the curatorial team working towards an upcoming exhibition of Winslow Homer's watercolors.

  • Artist Eligibility

  • Watercolor U.S.A. 2014 may be entered by any artist, 18 years of age or older, living in the United States of America or its possessions.

  • How to Enter

  • New this year is a convenient, online registration form which provides for uploading of digital images to us. Or, if you prefer, you may downlaod, complete and return the entry form in the prospectus.

  • Handling Fee

  • A nonrefundable entry fee of $40.00 will be charged for up to two entries. Each artist is allowed a maximum of two entries. Please make checks payable to: City of Springfield - Art Museum.

  • Work Eligibility

  • A maximum of two entries per artist may be submitted for consideration. 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, 2013, and not previously shown at the Springfield Art Museum. All 2-D work accepted for the exhibition must be ready to hang.

  • Size Restrictions

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

  • Method of Selection

  • Watercolor U.S.A. 2014 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 and patron purchases will be made from the actual accepted paintings. Please do not send any detail views or photographic reproductions other than the contact print, as they will not be seen by the juror.

  • Awards

  • 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 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.

  • Catalogue

  • Each entrant will receive a copy of the exhibition catalogue.

  • Shipping & Return of Accepted Artwork

  • Accepted entries for Watercolor U.S.A. 2014 must arrive prepaid at the Museum by May 2, 2014. Participants may use the carrier of their choice. Early shipment is encouraged. Entries will be returned, collect, via the same carrier used by the sender within four to six weeks after the close of the exhibition. Enclosing a prepaid return shipping label with your artwork is highly recommended. If return address is a P.O. Box, please include an alternate shipping address. Artwork may be hand delivered beginning April 7, 2014. Hand delivered entries may be retrieved beginning Monday, August 4, 2014, from 9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Weekend deliveries or pickups must be arranged in advance with the Registrar. Accepted entries may not be removed before the close of the exhibition.

  • Liability

  • 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.

  • Photography

  • 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. Photographs, slides or digital images will be used for the exhibition catalogue, educational, and/or publicity purposes only.

  • Agreement

  • The receipt of an entry for Watercolor U.S.A. 2014 will be understood to imply agreement on the part of the entrant with all conditions set forth in this prospectus.

  • 2014 Calendar

    • March 18: Last day for receipt of entry materials
    • April 3: Notification cards mailed
    • May 2: Last day for receipt of accepted entries
    • June 6: Exhibition reception, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    • June 7: Watercolor USA 2014 opens
    • August 3: Exhibition closes 5:00 p.m.

Watercolor U.S.A. 2013

June 8 - September 1, 2013


Judge Barbara O'Brien, Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, selected 57 works by 46 artists for the 2013 exhibition. 21 states are represented in the exhibition.

A total of 244 artists entered 422 paintings. Entries were received from 37 states.

The Springfield Art Museum selected Andrew Kish III's Paradox: The Quest of Odin as a Museum Purchase Award. One additional work - Preserving by Denny Bond - was added to the Museum's Permanent Collections through the generosity of the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates and the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society.

Pictured: Andrew Kish III, Paradox: The Quest of Odin, 2012, watercolor on paper. 41" x 29 1/2". Winner of the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates and Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society Joint Purchase Award for the Museum Collection.

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