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Diego Watercolor Society is
provided in part by the City
of San Diego Commission
for Arts and Culture.

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Acceptance Notification

(approx two weeks after jurying) 06/09/2014

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34th Annual International Exhibition

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The San Diego Watercolor Society was established in 1964 and is one of the largest and most active in the United States. Its International Exhibition is widely recognized for its high standard of excellence in watermedia art.

Eligibility and Requirements

Entries must be original work in water-soluble media on paper, paper based board, or synthetic paper and painted within the last two years. All work must be at least 80% water-based media. Collage is acceptable only if treated with watermedia. No digital art, work produced under instruction, work derived from another's intellectual property or from copyrighted references will be accepted. No giclees or other reproductions will be accepted. Entries must not have won awards in other national or international shows. No painting exhibited in a previous SDWS International Exhibition is eligible. Only one painting per artist will be accepted. The juror's decision is final. Paintings must be for sale and available for the duration of the exhibit. No price changes are allowed. A 30% commission to SDWS will be taken on any sale. Failure to provide an accepted painting will result in the artist being ineligible to enter the SDWS International Exhibition for two years.

Minimum Image: 140 square inches, with no side less than 10 inches. Maximum Frame, outside dimensions: 46” in either direction Maximum Weight: 40 lbs.

One to three paintings per artist may be entered. One entry: Members-$30, Non-Members-$40. Add $5 for each additional entry up to a maximum of 3 entries. Entry fees are non-refundable. All entrants receive a full color catalog with reproductions of the accepted paintings.

Digital Image Entries

To enter, go to www.sdws.org, click on "Log In" and, if you have not already done so, register a user name (your email address) and password. You will then be allowed to log in, go to the International Exhibition page and receive instructions for entering your images. Only digital images will be accepted. One to three images may be entered. Your digital image should be of your work without a mat or frame. Digital files should be submitted as RGB, jpeg format, and 1200 pixels in the longest dimension. Image file name should include the painting title. When you complete the information on the International Exhibition Entries page, you will be given further instruction for sending your images.

Digital Image Tutorial

Juror Skip Lawrence

William (Skip) Lawrence was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1943. He grew up and attended schools in Howard County, Maryland. Lawrence received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1965) and a M.A. from Towson State University, Baltimore, Maryland (1972). His teaching experience includes Howard County Board of Education (1965-1972), Prince Georges College (1975-1985), and Painting Seminars (1975-present). Lawrence was awarded the Towson University Dean’s Recognition Award for the College of Graduate Studies and Research in May 2006. His juried exhibits include American Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, Springfield Museum, Southern Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Knickerbockers Club, NYC. Author of many articles and the publication Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor, William B. Lawrence, Northlight Books, 1994, Lawrence has also been featured in many publications. He is co-editor and publisher of The Palette Magazine, a quarterly art publication that provides instruction for the watermedia painter. Skip Lawrence says: “I see no hierarchy among realism, abstraction, non-objective painting styles. I see only the relationship of colors, shapes, surface and line that either thrills or bores me. When these elements come together to communicate an artist’s intention to the viewer, to connect with someone, it is nothing short of wonderful.” Lawrence’s studio and home are in Mount Airy, Maryland.

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