NEWS Shows

The New England Watercolor Society hosts two shows each year: either a regional juried show or a North American Open juried show (both biennial shows on alternate years); and a show of signature members work.

The regional juried shows, on odd numbered years, are open to any watercolor artist living in New England. The North American Open juried shows, held on even numbered years, are open to any watercolor painter in North America. The venues and dates for these shows are decided show by show.

The Signature Members show is open to NEWS signature members only. It is usually in February at the Guild of Boston Artists on Newbury St., Boston MA.

"A  Cuddle of Sand Dollars," by Evelyn Dunphy
2016 First Prize:
"A Cuddle of Sand Dollars," by Evelyn Dunphy

2018 Biennial North American Open Juried

September 16, 2018 - January 13, 2019
hosted by
Art Complex Museum
189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02332
(781) 934-6634

$7,500 in Awards

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Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist / illustrator and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama. He teaches and exhibits in the US, France, Scotland, Canada, Thailand and Belgium.

July 15 Final date for entries
August 1 Notification of acceptance
September 8 Hand delivery of accepted paintings 1 - 4pm
September 13-15 Workshop with Iain Stewart, AWS
September 16 Shows opens
September 16 Juror demonstration 12-1:30 pm
September 16 Opening Reception & Awards 1:30-3:30pm
January 13 Show closes. Pick up paintings 4 - 6pm
January 14 Pick up paintings 1-4 pm
Shipped works will be repacked and returned after January 14, 2019

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  • Open to any artist residing in North America age 18 or older.
  • All work must be painted with aqua media including watercolor, acrylic, casein, egg tempera,
    gouache and inks on unvarnished paper or synthetic paper such as Yupo.
  • No photo copies, color laser prints, monotypes, multiple prints, pastels or computer generated
  • Work may not have been created in a class or workshop under a teacher's supervision.
  • Work may not be withdrawn early.
  • No changes in pricing or catalog information made after acceptance.
  • Work must be for sale.
  • The Screening Committee has the right to refuse any painting that does not meet the stated
    specifications or is not accurately represented by image submitted.
  • Paintings may not have been previously exhibited in a NEWS show or at the Art Complex
  • Full submission rules here.

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Thursday, September 13 - Saturday, September 15, 2018

Open to students of all levels. Class size limited to 20. Tuition for the 3-day workshop is $450 for Members and Associates of New England Watercolor Society, $525 for non-members. For more information, see the Workshops page.

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Entry Fees

$30 one entry, $35 two entries, $40 three entries

NEWS Members and Associate Members*
$20 one entry, $25 two entries, $30 three entries

Entry fees will be paid by credit card at the time of entering images (see Smarter Entry section below).

*Members and Associate Members - reduced entry fee will be given by use of a promo code that must be entered when paying on the Smarter Entry submission portal. Please watch your email for the promo code (sent with promotional info about the show, and possibly other events or news). If you don't receive or misplace the promo code, or you get charged the non-member fee for any reason, please email Steve Hamlin. Please be sure your member dues are paid for 2018. Otherwise you must pay the non-member entry fee.

Framing of Accepted Work

White and off-white mats only. All work must be framed under Plexiglas. Wires must be attached so that they are not visible when the work is hanging. No sawtooth hangers allowed. Mat, frame and glazing package must have a professional look and must be in "as new" condition. Work not conforming to regulations WILL NOT BE EXHIBITED! Note size limitation of 38" in any direction, based on outside measurement of frame.

Delivery of Accepted Work

Hand delivered artwork must be received at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA on Wednesday, Sep­tember 8, 2018, 1-4pm.
To facilitate drop-off and return of work for those in re­mote locations, accepted artists will be provided with a complete list of accepted entries so that cooperative arrangements for drop-off and pick-up can be made independently.  Satellite drop off locations and times will be arranged.
A handling fee of $40 will be required of shipped work. Detailed shipping instructions will be provided upon ac­ceptance to the exhibition.


A 40% commission will be retained by NEWS on all sales. Paintings will be sold at the price originally stated by the artists on entry. No changes will be accepted. No P.O.R.'s, no N.F.S.'s.

Return of Work

Work must be picked up at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA on January 13, 2019, 4 - 6pm or January 14, 2019, 1- 4pm.
Shipped works will be re-packed and returned to the shipper after January 14, 2019.


Neither the New England Watercolor Society nor the Art Complex Museum shall be held liable for any loss or damage.


It is the obligation of artists to exhibit accepted works. Failure wastes the opportunity of another artist to display their work or become eligible for signature membership. NEWS and the Art Complex Museum reserve the right to photograph paint­ings or use digital images for publicity purposes.

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Smarter Entry

The New England Watercolor Society uses Smarter Entry for all national and regional show submissions. If you are having problems, please contact Steve Hamlin for assistance: or

Submit your entries at Smarter Entry

New England Watercolor Society Show Submission Rules

Amended Feb. 2016. Subject to change.

The New England Watercolor Society primarily embraces traditional watermedia materials and practices. In view of the ever-broadening definition of the term "aqua media," we have developed the following framework of guidelines for our shows.

Acceptable surfaces: Watercolor paper; toned watercolor paper; Yupo and similar synthetic papers; paper coated with water‐based varnish and gesso; textured paper; illustration board; watercolor board; rice paper

Unacceptable surfaces: Composite paper with embedded materials; wood or composite panels; gallery wrapped or stretched canvas; canvas paper; Duralar; Aquaboard, Clayboard or other coated wood or composite panel; unmounted canvas or other fabrics; Tyvec; metal; glass

Media and Mediums
Acceptable mediums: Watercolor; gouache; acrylic; acrylic mediums and watercolor mediums; ink; casein; egg tempera

Acceptable media up to 20%: line & wash; watercolor pencils; collage (waterbased, on or of paper); charcoal; graphite; wax accents and resists; waterbased monotypes and mono prints; embossing; metallic waterbased paint; waterbased iridescent paints or powders (not glitter)

Unacceptable media: Pastels; colored pencil other than watercolor pencil; impasto (thickly applied) acrylic and watermedia; fabrics; digital media or digitally enhanced images; multiple edition prints; sand; glitter; gold or metal leaf; collage from printed materials, newspaper, magazines, etc.; water‐miscible oil paints; photography; reproductions

Framing and Presentation
Work must be presented in a professional manner. No broken or damaged frames. Work must be glazed under Plexiglas or similar clear acrylic surface. No glass. No unglazed work accepted. Work may be floated within the frame, or presented with a single or double mat. White or off white mats only, liner mat less than 3/8" may be colored. Work must be wired with no wire or hanger showing when hung. No tooth hangers. Frames, Plexi and mat must be clean and in excellent shape!

Exhibition History
Work must not have been exhibited in a previous New England Watercolor Society Show. Work should have been completed within previous 10 years unless stricter age limit is specified in the show prospectus. Other restrictions may apply - see prospectus for the show you are submitting to.

No work copied from copywritten material (image from a card or calendar, other people's photo reference, etc.). No work partially or wholly painted by another. No work done in a workshop. All work must be for sale at the price originally stated on the entry form. Work must be the same work represented by the submitted digital images. No altered digital images may be submitted, artwork should be well represented by the image submitted. Work must be the size represented in the submission form.