The Colorado Watercolor Society is an organization dedicated to upholding the highest standards and principles of art and to promote, encourage, educate and foster an interest in fine art in all media, especially watercolor.


A Splash of Colorado 2021

June 2, 2021 - June 27, 2021,

 Center for the Arts Crested Butte
    606 6th Street, Crested Butte, CO 81224


Submission Deadline     May 5, 2021
Jury End Date                 May 15, 2021 
Art Delivered                 June 1, 2021 12:am to 2pm
Exhibit opens                 June 2, 2021
Opening Reception       June 17,  2021 5pm to 8pm
Exhibit closes                 June 27, 2021
Pick up unsold art         June 28, 2021 12am to 2:00pm 

Register on the ArtCall website at


Open to all artists, 18 years of age or older, residing in Colorado.  CWS members who have moved out of state and maintain membership may enter.

Entry Requirements

  • Paintings must be predominantly water media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein or tempera on paper or synthetic paper (no canvas) completed within the last two years starting from Jan. 1 two years previous to present, (01/01/2019 to present) and not previously shown in a juried or non juried exhibition in Colorado.
  •  Artist’s original work only. No copies or likenesses of another artist’s work. No copies or partial copies of any published source whether copyrighted or not copyrighted. No copies of any published material on the internet, magazines, or newspapers. Use of photos must be your own taken by yourself. No use of other people’s photos even if given permission because it is their vision, not yours. No work done in a class or workshop or under the direction of anyone but yourself. Any collage material must be produced by yourself. No computer generated or digital art will be accepted. 
  • Original as defined in the Oxford Dictionary: existing from the first, earliest. being a thing from which a copy or translation has been made. firsthand, not imitative, new in character or design. You may be asked to provide your photo if there is any question of originality. Anything other than original is plagiarism.

AGREEMENT / RULES / Read Carefully

  • The artist’s signature should appear on the front of the painting. CWS reserves the right to refuse any painting that does not comply with the requirements stated in this Call For Entry or does not match the submitted image. 
  • Failure to comply with requirements and rules to meet any of the conditions may result in disqualification of your entry and ineligibility to enter future CWS exhibits for a minimum of two years and a forfeiture of any award.
  • If selected by juror for show, you agree to grant permission to reproduce image for publicity or educational purposes. 
  •  If your work is accepted and you withdraw, or it does not meet any requirements stipulated, you will be disqualified and may not enter a show for two years.
  •  Registration must be completed by submission deadline. All information provided, including price will be considered final and not changed after deadline. No exceptions.
  •  Accepted artwork may not be shown or for sale in another exhibition, virtual or in person at the same time. Artwork must be on display for the duration of the exhibition. No exceptions. Failure to comply will result in a two year ineligibility to enter any CWS exhibit and forfeiture of any award.
  • A signed Entry Requirements & Agreement/Rules form stating you have read these requirements and rules and have followed them must accompany your entry. (Click HERE to print the form) 


Register on the ArtCall website at

Registration must be completed by the Submission Deadline.

See the tutorial HERE for instructions on completing registration and uploading images.

All information, including prices, is considered final on the Submission Deadline and may not be

changed after that date.  No exceptions.


    Minimum image size 8 X 10 inches.  Maximum image size 15 x 22 inches.  All works must be delivered framed and ready to hang. Framing must meet gallery quality standards.  Frames must be suitable to the work and the exhibit, must be undamaged and reinforced with hardware and picture wire in place.  No sawtooth hangers.  

    All works must be matted in clean white or off-white mats. No exceptions.  Colored liners or fillets may not be larger than ¼”.  ALL paintings must be under Plexiglas. Paintings delivered with chipped, cracked, damaged, dirty or improper presentation will be returned at the artist’s expense.  For a list of suggested mat colors, click HERE.

    Image Instructions

    Digital image files must conform to the following requirements:  Images should be cropped so that only the painting image shows and only that part of the painting that will show when the painting is matted. No mats, hands, background, edges, etc. should be visible in the entry image.

    File format: .jpg files (no exceptions). The resolution must be 300 dpi.  Submissions must be under 4mb and a minimum dimension of 540px and a maximum dimension of 1920px on the longest side.  ArtCall will permanently resize submissions in 3 separate sizes (regardless of the original size): 100px, 1080px and maximum saved dimension setting (1920 by default.)

    Delivery and Pickup
    Instructions for delivery or shipping will be provided with notification of acceptance.

    Sales of Artwork

    All entries must be for sale.  No price changes will be accepted. A 50% commission will be charged on all sales. Price your paintings accordingly.

    Membership can be renewed at


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