Call for Artists: Watercolor USA at Springfield Art Museum

Watercolor USA

The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for Watercolor USA 2019, highlighting the very best in contemporary American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will run from June 8 through September 1, 2019. The deadline to apply is February 27, 2019.

Organized in 1962, this year marks the 58th year of Watercolor USA. The nationally known exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, and seeks to discover what is new and what is next in the world of American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will be judged by award-winning watercolorist Dean Mitchell. Mitchell is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society (AWS). He is a recipient of the AWS Gold Medal and received a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Watercolor USA Honor Society in 2018.

Approximately $20,000 in cash prizes and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Top awards include the $3,000 Kenneth M. Shuck Memorial Award, the $2,000 Greg G. Thielen Memorial Award, the $1,500 Bill Armstrong Memorial Award, and the $1,000 Robert E. Goodier Memorial Award For Traditional Transparent Watercolor, among others. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

Artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, ages 18 and up, who are using watermedia as critical components of their work are eligible to apply. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. High realism, abstraction, traditional transparent watercolor, and innovative uses of the medium are all welcomed as the exhibit continues to expand and adjust with contemporary artistic practice, including the use of nontraditional supports and mounts. The Museum routinely purchases work from the Watercolor USAexhibition to expand its robust collection of contemporary American watermedia.


For full information on entry rules, entry fees, and how to submit artwork, please visit www.sgfmuseum.org. The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 East Brookside Drive. Admission to the Museum is always free.