2015 Watermedia Winners Above (See Full List of Awards Below)
34th Annual National Juried Exhibition
September 29 - October 29, 2016 -- Bigfork Museum of Art & History, Bigfork, MT
Juror of Selection & Awards: Dale Laitinen
Dale Laitinen is an active workshop instructor and signature member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS) and Watercolor West (WW). He has been featured in The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine, Drawingboard Magazine and in several books including The Splash Series, Painting with the White of Your Paper, The Transparent Watercolor Wheel and more!
Laitinen has been painting for over forty years with thirty five of those in watercolor. He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and San Jose State University with a BA in Art with a painting concentration. He is a past juror of many National and regional exhibitions. A native of northern Minnesota, Dale has lived, moved, and traveled across the American West and this figures prominently in his work. For more info: dalelaitinen.com
Watermedia 2016 is open to U.S. artists 18 years or older
Entries must be the original creation of the artist within the last two years, created after January 1, 2014
Entries must be original work of the entrant, with no supervision of an instructor or class work
Only works hand-executed in aqueous media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, ink) will be accepted on paper supports only. Paper supports include watercolor paper, synthetic paper (Yupo is accepted), paper mounted on board, archival illustration board.
Collages must be in conjunction and consistent with watermedia, no surface constructions. Watermedia must be the dominant element if a collage. The only collage allowed is paper, hand painted by artist. Photographs or printed materials as collage are not allowed.
NO pastels, NO water-soluble oil paints, NO egg tempera, NO computer-created images.
The minimum image size is 80 square inches, length x width, mat opening (Example: 8”x10” = 80 square inches)
July 1: July 15: September 20-23: September 24: September 30: September 29-Oct. 2: September 30: September 30: October 29: October 30: November 1-5:
All digital entries must be received by this date by Watermedia Show Entry Chair Michele Beck.
Notifications mailed. Notify Watermedia Chair Kim Shirley if painting is withheld. Shipped paintings due at Bigfork Museum of Art and History (bigforkmuseum.org) Hand-delivered paintings due at Bigfork Museum of Art and History -11am - 5pm (No Exceptions) MTWS Exhibition opens at Bigfork Museum of Art and History Guest Artist Workshop with Dale Laitinen Opening Reception at Bigfork Museum of Art and History - 5pm-7pm Awards Banquet (Location TBA) Raffle Book winner selected Exhibition closes Pick up hand-delivered paintings at Bigfork Museum of Art and History - 11am - 5pm (No Exceptions) Shipped works returned
2016 Guest Artist Workshop with Dale Laitinen
Dale Laitinen will be providing outstanding instruction for the MTWS 2016 Watermedia Guest Artist Workshop Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016. See artist bio above. Register Early!
Dates: September 29-October 2, 2016 Member Cost: $425 Non-Member Cost: $500
WORKSHOP FEE POLICY: You may have your workshop fee refunded up to thirty (30) days before the workshop begins, providing the workshop is filled and there is a waiting list. After those 30 days, your moneys will be forfeited. If the final payment is missed, the deposit will be forfeit. A hardship appeal will be considered by the Watermedia Chair/s. A student may receive a refund if they find a replacement participant for the slot if there is no waiting list.
To reserve a place in the workshop, download and complete the form below and send in with your deposit of $150 (in the form of a check made out to MTWS) to: