Eligibility – Except for the Signature Members Exhibition, members may submit paintings that meet the definition and criteria of either the Aqueous or Transparent Watercolor Exhibition.  All members’ dues must be current in order to enter an exhibition at the members’ entry fee. Non-members may join at Receiving or they may pay a higher entry fee determined by the Board. Currently, the entry fee for each painting is $25/member and $35/non-member. Entry fees are not refundable. Members may enter up to two paintings in a show and up to four paintings when FSWS offers a double show.

General – Paintings shall not be more than two years old and must be the original work of the artist.  Work done under instruction, published photocopies of paintings and copies of other works of art, will not be accepted.  A painting accepted in one juried FSWS exhibition cannot be entered in another.  A Compliance Committee will inspect all artwork. Any one artist may only receive one award per show.  Award winners must be present to accept the award (unless prior arrangements are made).

Transparent Watercolor – is defined as a painting executed in traditional watercolor paints, namelywater soluble transparent medium, without the addition of opaque white pigments, the white of the paper being the only white permitted, on traditional watercolor paper, unvarnished, matted and framed under Plexiglas.

Please note: Unacceptable entries include: white paint or gesso/priming, acrylic, gouache, ink, pastel, metallic/iridescent paint, collage, embossing, and all non-traditional surfaces like Yupo.

Aqueous Watercolor – is defined as a painting executed in any water soluble medium, including acrylic, ink, egg tempera or watercolor collages (except water soluble oils or pastels), painted on all surfaces created for water media, such as paper, Yupo, clay coated and synthetic surfaces, silk, illustration board and flat watercolor canvas.

Matting & Framing – Paintings must be under a separate sheet of rigid and clean acrylic plastic (e.g. Plexiglas) –

NO GLASS ALLOWED.   The acrylic must be clean and free of scratches, with no debris between the mat and the Plexiglass.

White and off-white mats are the only ones permitted.  Thin colored liners may be used if they add positively to the painting.

Frames must be free of chips, dents or scratches, and wired for hanging with the ends of the wires taped to avoid scratches and injury.

Sales – A commission fee, as determined by the host gallery, will be reflected in the sale of any artwork displayed during the exhibition.

Liability – Neither the host gallery nor FSWS will be responsible for loss or damage to any artwork submitted.  The members of the receiving host gallery and FSWS will, of course, exercise the utmost care in handling all submitted artwork.

Pick-Up – Artwork must be picked up on the specified day, during the specified hours, or the host gallery may impose a storage fee.

Board Approval – The General Prospectus may be changed at the Board’s discretion. Members should check the FSWS website for the most up-to-date version

Publicity – The FSWS may photograph all accepted entries, the winners and others at its exhibitions and receptions, and use these photographs on its website, and for any other publicity deemed appropriate by the Board.

Compliance & Jurying

All submissions are reviewed for compliance with the requirements described in the General Prospectus. Entries are reviewed after all paintings have been received and before the juror begins his/her evaluation. Works which do not comply are rejected. Decisions on compliance are final. Artists will be notified by phone if their work is not accepted.

The juror selects an appropriate number of pieces for the show based on the size of the gallery and the juror selects the award recipients.

Please inspect your paintings carefully prior to submission.


Our exhibits showcase the best of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society artists.

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