2023 Spring Experimental Exhibition Prospectus

Exhibition runs April 14—May 26, 2023
Rotunda Gallery, Barber Library at Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR
Online Entries Open: December 1, 2022
Online Entries Close: February 1, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Entry Instructions, Rules, and Artwork Requirements

1. Membership

You must be an Active or Lifetime WSO Member with a residence in Oregon, with 2023 dues paid to enter. To renew your membership, go to: https://watercolorsocietyoforegon.com/membership/.

2. Entries

A. A maximum of two images may be submitted. Only one image by any one artist may be selected by the juror. 
B. Artwork must be completed within two years prior to the submission deadline.
C. Artwork must not previously have been juried into any WSO exhibition.
D. All submitted artwork must be for sale. All prices are final and cannot be changed. Keep in mind sales commissions at some galleries may be as high as 50%. 
E. All insurance is the responsibility of the artist.
F. By entering the exhibition, you grant WSO the right to use your image for publicity purposes and to display the image on its website.

3. Originality

A. All work must be original in its concept, composition and design, and must be the creation of the artist. Original means “Created directly and personally by a particular artist; not a copy or imitation.” 
B. If you use your own photograph as reference, you may copy it. If using another person’s photograph, you may not copy its primary elements (concept, composition, or design). You may use it as a jumping-off point to create something uniquely your own or as a reference for adding details to your painting.
C. Artwork may be critiqued by a teacher and/or critique group and must have been executed without step-by-step instruction. 
D. Artwork may not be altered once the image is submitted, with the exception of adding the artist’s signature. 

4. Mediums & Substrates

Three-Dimensional Substrates 
A. Any archival, three-dimensional board, cradle board, panel, or canvas can be used. 
B. If canvas is used, it must be gallery wrapped and may be a watercolor or regular canvas. 
C. On all three-dimensional surfaces (cradle board or canvas), all exposed edges must be finished with paint with no staples or other hardware visible. 
D. On cradle board, works painted on paper and adhered to the cradle board are acceptable. 
E. Paint applied directly to the surface of the cradle board is also acceptable. 
F. Depth must be 2” or less. 
G. All surfaces must have a waterproof coating or protective sealant.
H. Framing is optional for all three-dimensional surfaces (cradle board or canvas). 
I. If framing is chosen:
     i. All frames must be matte black metal, free from scratches and dings.
     ii. Maximum depth (thickness from front to back) is 2”.
     iii. Plexiglass is optional, however if used it must be clean and free from any smudges and scratches. No standard glass is permitted.
     iv. Clips to hold the painting securely in place must be used, if needed.
     v. A secure wire for hanging is required.
J. Minimum outside dimensions are 256 square inches (height x width of outside of frame, cradle board, or canvas).
K. Maximum outside dimensions are 1200 square inches (height x width of outside of frame, cradle board, or canvas).

Two-Dimensional Substrates 
A. Any treated or untreated archival board or paper including BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Aquaboard, Clayboard, Illustration Board, Yupo Paper, Tyvek Paper, Watercolor Paper, Rice Paper, Silk Paper, or Rag Paper are acceptable. 
B. A waterproof coating or protective sealant is acceptable and optional. 
C. Mats are optional. However, if used they must:
     i. Have clean, sharp cut edges and corners.
     ii. Be single or double white or off white mats only. (Any liner must be the same color as the outer mat – white or off white – and must be 1⁄2 inch or less.)
     iii. Have no markings of any kind, including but not limited to signatures, paint, pencil, ink and titles.
     iv. Cut mats must show the same image that was submitted on the entry form.
D. A frame is required. 
     i. All frames must be matte black metal, free from scratches and dings. 
     ii. Maximum depth (thickness from front to back) is 2”.
     iii. If the painting is varnished, plexiglass is optional; however if used it must be clean and free from any smudges and scratches. No standard glass is permitted.
     iv. Clips to hold the painting securely in place must be used, if needed.
     v. A secure wire for hanging is required.
E. Minimum outside dimensions are 256 square inches (height x width of outside of frame).
F. Maximum outside dimensions are 1200 square inches (height x width of outside of frame).

5. Media

A. Paintings executed in traditional watercolor on paper ARE acceptable 
B. All water-media are acceptable and are defined as media that can be diluted with water when applied. 
C. Media other than water-media are acceptable but are limited to no more than 20% of the painting. 
D. Collage may be used with no percentage restrictions, following these guidelines: All collage materials must be the original design of the artist, executed on an acceptable substrate (as mentioned above), and using acceptable media in the percentages described above. Found items such as text clippings, computer-generated art, or documents are not permissible. 
E. Water-based monotypes (one pull from a plate) are acceptable. 

6. Procedure

A. All accepted artworks must be available to hang in the exhibition. They can be shipped to a designated location or hand delivered to the exhibition location. 
B. Artists who do not make an accepted artwork available for the exhibition will not be allowed to enter WSO exhibitions for two years.

7. How to Enter

A. Images must be in jpg format and sized at 1200 pixels on the longest side. (Please note: you are no longer required to set your image at 300 dpi.)
B. Name your image as follows (example): SmithMary-GoneWithTheWind.jpg. (Please note: Do not use special characters in the file name when submitting the image.) 
C. Submit entries on the WSO website at: https://watercolorsocietyoforegon.com/wsoentry/.

For additional important information about your online entry, visit the WSO website at: https://watercolorsocietyoforegon.com/shows-exhibitions/online-entry/.