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California Watercolor Association 49th National Exhibition
By California Watercolor Association

International Deadline: September 1, 2018 The California Watercolor Association announces its 49th National Exhibition, an international water media event. Open to artists from all over the world. $14,000 in anticipated awards.

CWA 49th National Exhibition is open to all artists 18 years or older. Paintings must be two-dimensional and primarily of watermedia on paper surface; Yupo and Tyvek are acceptable. Pastel or collage may be used as long as watermedia is the dominant element.

  • No digital media, photography, prints, or reproductions. Source material and composition must be wholly original and not derived from any published images.
  • Any photo reference material must be taken by the artist and is neither copyrighted nor published.
  • Entries must be recent works completed within the last two years, entirely the work of the artist, and not shown previously in a CWA National Exhibition.
  • No workshop or class work allowed.
  • Size Limits: Minimum image: 140 square inches, no side less than 10 inches. Maximum outside frame: 4444 square inches.

The Harrington Gallery, in the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, California, features the works of renowned visual artists of regional and national stature in painting, sculpture, installations, and conceptual art. Old Fire Station Number One, established in 1888, served downtown Pleasanton well for many years. This rebuilt facility became the basis for the Firehouse Arts Center, including a portion of the original building with brick walls preserved within the gallery space. The gallery is just a few steps off Main Street in the heart of downtown Pleasanton.


Juror of Selection-Iain Stewart
Iain Stewart is an award-winning watercolor artist and a signature member of AWS and NWS. His work has been exhibited in the USA and internationally. He has also had his work published in many magazines, including Plein Air Magazine, The Art of Watercolour, and Watercolor Artist. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama, and teaches at Auburn University. My watercolors are not only a translation of what I see, but more importantly, an expression of how I choose to view the world.

Juror of Awards-Karen Frey
Karen Frey is a very accomplished San Francisco Bay Area artist and teacher. She is a signature member of AWS and NWS. She has had numerous articles and images published, including North Light Books, Splash, Artists Magazine, and Watercolor Artist. In 2013, Karen had a solo exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California. Karens work is currently being represented by Gallery 901, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

$14,000 in anticipated awards.

Members Entry Fee (nonrefundable): $40 for one image, $5 each additional image, maximum three.  Non-members Entry Fee (nonrefundable): $50 for one image, $5 each additional image, maximum three.

Visit us online for complete details and to Apply.

All paintings must be for sale. 30% commission.


  • September 1, 2018 Entry Deadline-Midnight
  • September 28 Acceptance Notifications
  • November 12-16 Receive Shipped Paintings
  • November 17 Receive Hand-delivered Paintings, Awards Selection
  • January 11, 2019 Exhibition Opens
  • January 12 Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony, 1:00 3:00 pm
  • February 16 Exhibition Closes
  • February 19 Pick Up Hand-delivered Paintings

The California Watercolor Association is a prominent watermedia organization. CWAs mission is to create, foster, and sustain artistic growth and interest in watermedia. These goals are accomplished through our community outreach programs, workshops, public exhibitions, and student activities. CWA members include professional and non-professional artists, teachers, and students with a compelling interest in painting.

California Watercolor Association
P.O. Box 4631
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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