Exhibition Rules


Exhibition Rules

Coachella Valley Watercolor Society (CVWS)


MISSION STATEMENT: To promote the creative talents and art appreciation of its members and

to stimulate art interest and support art education for the young people in the Coachella Valley.

GENERAL:  In order to enter CVWS shows, members must have paid their dues/renewals

prior to December 31 st of the current fiscal year.

? Allowed: * Original art created in the last two years

* Art shown at a meeting or ‘Painter of the Month’

? Not Allowed: * Art created in a class or workshop

* Art that is a copy or a study of another artist’s work (including

commercial photography). This is because of copyright laws.

* Any art that is not original to the artist

* Art previously exhibited in any CVWS judged show

* Art that is damaged, inappropriate for public display i.e. nudity,

improperly framed, or does not meet entry requirements.

SIZE:   Maximum size: 46” on any side (outside edge of frame or canvas/board)

Minimum size: 5” on any side (outside edge)

Mini Masterpieces sizes: maximum 18”; minimum 5” on any outside edge.

MEDIUMS:  Artwork must be watermedia painted in a primarily aqueous manner.  Non water-

based media may be integrated but cover no more than 20% of the artwork. No oils, water-

miscible oils, encaustics, or photography.

TRADITIONAL PRESENTATION CATEGORY: Artwork may be presented on watercolor paper,

paper based board, watercolor canvas, Yupo or other synthetic paper.

In order to be judged, all Traditional Presentation paintings MUST be:

? Matted and framed (mats may be of any color but must be clean and well cut)

? Under plexiglass if painting is larger than 16? x 20?. Paintings 16” x 20” or smaller may

be under glass or plexiglass.

? Backed with foam core, clean mat board, Masonite, or other archival quality stiffener.

? All frames must be wired. (DO NOT pull the wire tight.) Loop the wire through the

hangers with the peak of the wire 2” below top of frame.

OPEN PRESENTATION CATEGORY: Paintings may be on wrapped canvas or “cradled” painting

panels with a minimum depth of 1 ½”. The sides of wrapped canvases must be painted and

staple free. Canvas boards (including clayboard, aquabord, gessobord or canvases less than

1 ½” deep) must be framed. Paintings without glass or plexiglass must be protected with a

layer of medium or acrylic varnish. All work must be wired for hanging.

BIN PAINTINGS: Must be original.  Acrylics on paper or canvas paper are allowed. All work must

be matted, backed with foam core the same size as the mat, and enclosed inside an acetate

sleeve that has been fitted to the size of the mat (or professionally shrink-wrapped).

QUESTIONS?? Please contact any Board Member or CVWS artist who has submitted work to

previous shows. We would love to help you!


Revised 11/2016


  Now showing in full color! By the time you read this, our Mini Masterpieces Show will be up and running. Congratulations to all those who won ribbons. If you haven’t seen the show, do call in at the Historical Society in Palm Desert and tell your friends and neighbors. The show is open Fridays, Saturdays, …

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