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Opportunities for Artists

Whistler in Watercolor
in the Freer|Sackler Galleries,
at the Smithsonian on the Mall in Washington, DC

May 18 to October 6, 2019

On Saturday, May 18, the Smithsonian is opening an exhibition, Whistler in Watercolor, featuring their collection of watercolors by James McNeill Whistler, the largest in the world, on view in its entirety for the first time in over a century. In conjunction with the exhibition, there is also the opportunity to join us for a free public roundtable discussion, Watercolor Rediscovered, next Sunday, May 19th, at 2pm at the Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Preceding the talk, at 1pm, will be a curator-led tour of the exhibition by exhibition curator Lee Glazer. This could be a great opportunity for VWS artists to visit the Whistler Exhibit when they visit the VWS exhibition in Lorton. KAS

CALL FOR ENTRIES – "America Is ..."
a National Juried Show scheduled for
August 2-29, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019, 11:59 PM ET.

Artists are asked to submit artwork that will Explore, Ask and Answer: What is America today?

Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery, is located in a modern street-level space in downtown Washington, DC.
- Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE)
- Taylor Bythewood-Porter, Assistant History Curator, California African American Museum (CAAM)
- Jen Mergel, Independent Curator; Vice President, Programs, Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC); Founding Director, Curatorial Network Accelerator of Boston
- Jennifer M. Williams, Public Programs Manager, New Orleans Museum of Art
AWARDS Four artworks will receive Juror's Best in Show Prize of $250
ENTRY FEES $50 for up to 3 entries/files; artists may submit up to 3 additional entries/files at a cost of $10 per additional entry. Submit one file per piece entered. Entries are accepted via Submittable.
Open to all artists living and/or working in the United States, 18-years-old and older.
All original visual media that is the artist's own concept, design and work.
Please email your questions to
Ksenia Grishkova
Director, Touchstone Gallery

To Apply, please visit:

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open 2019 Registration is Now Available online!

Exhibition Dates: October 2 - November 2, 2019 - Entry Deadline: July 1, 2019.

The 2019 PWS Aqueous Open 2019 is open to any artist 18 or older working in water-based media. Works submitted for consideration to PWS Aqueous Open 2019 must be primarily water-based media on an unvarnished paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are also permitted) no canvas. Two pieces may be submitted. Over $5,000 in cash and merchandise awards.
Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera, watercolor with ink, water soluble pencil, crayon or graphite and must be artist's original work. Works cannot include digital images, any form of print or reproduction and must have been completed within the last two years.
Entry fee for one or two pieces is USD $40 for non-members and $30 for Pittsburgh Watercolor Society members.
The Juror is Frank Eber, an AWS, NWS, and TWSA - he will also offer a four-day Watercolor Workshop Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2019.
For a prospectus and full exhibit information please go to

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