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.

The 30th Annual CWS State Watercolor Exhibition 2021

April 6, 2021 to May 24, 2021, Gilpin Arts Association Gallery
117 Eureka St., Central City, CO
Awards: Over $3,000 in cash and merchandise, Including $1,000 for Best of Show!

    Juror:      Stephen Quiller


Submission Deadline: Feb 28, 2021

Jury End Date:            March 20, 2021

Art Delivered:              April 6, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m

Opening Reception:    TBD

Exhibition Closes:       May 24, 2021

Pick up Unsold Art:     May 24, 2021, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m


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.


To Register, please visit

The ArtCall site provides a short tutorial on completing registration and uploading images.

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 (1/1/2019 to present) not previously shown in a juried exhibit in Colorado.

  •  Painting must be original and not copied from any copyright material or photographs, except those taken by the artist.  No computer generated (digital) art will be accepted.  Collage materials must be on papers painted by the artist.  It is the artist’s responsibility to receive permission to use any likenesses in any painting.  
  • 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.  In case of question, the Chairperson's decision will be final. 

  • CWS reserves the right to reproduce images of accepted works for publicity and educational use.  

  • Registration must be completed by the Submission Deadline. All information, including price, is considered final on the Submission Deadline and may not be changed after that date.  No exceptions.  All work displayed must remain for the duration of the exhibition. 

  • Any requirements of the exhibit not fulfilled will result in disqualification.  Works juried into this exhibit and not delivered for exhibit will prohibit the artist’s entry in CWS exhibitions for two years.


    Minimum image size 8 X 10 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 on the following link.  Top Mat Recommendations

    NOTE: Images uploaded to ArtCall must be jpg only, 300dpi, Under 4mb, Max of 4600px on longest side

    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 40% commission will be charged on all sales. Price your paintings accordingly.

    Membership can be renewed at

    About Stephen Quiller


    Stephen Quiller is an internationally known painter who works primarily in water media, monotypes, and intaglio printmaking. He is best known for his innovative approach to water media painting: watercolor, gouache, acrylic, casein and their combinations, and for his use of color. 

    His research and development of a color wheel for painters - called the “Quiller Wheel” - is now used by thousands of painters throughout the world. 

    Stephen Quiller has painted in many parts of the world, but is primarily known for his work done near his home in southern Colorado.  These subjects include beaver ponds, snow shadows, water patterns, wild iris, and mountain rhythms, capturing the spirit of the San Juans.  He is a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Water Media, and Society for Painters in Acrylic and Casein, among others. 

    popular workshop instructor, he teaches his approach to color, water media, composition, and on-location painting, throughout North America and internationally.

    Stephen shows in the Mission Gallery of Taos, New Mexico, and during the summer months he and his wife, Marta, operate their Quiller Gallery in Creede, Colorado.


    The 29th Annual State Watercolor Exhibition 2020

    There is a video walk through of the State Show on the Foothills You tube Channel.

    It can be viewed  HERE.

    The interview with juror Sterling Edwards can be viewed HERE.

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