Artist Eligibility

The Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 MNWS Exhibitions are open to all MNWS members in good standing who have paid their dues through April 30, 2018. You may join MNWS or renew your membership by sending a separate check for membership dues with your entry fee, or your may pay online here.

Submission Requirements

All paintings must be original, two-dimensional works in water-based media on a paper surface (including YUPO), that may or may not be altered (e.g., gesso, gel medium), or on canvas or board that has been treated or coated to accept watermedia, applied in a transparent or opaque manner (no impasto acceptable), and may be finished with acrylic protection versus glass. Collage (no found materials acceptable), if used, must be treated with water media only and subordinate to the overall painting. Drawing elements (ink, pastel, crayons, pencil, etc.) are acceptable. Copies of other artists’ work will not be accepted, nor will copies of published photos or work from photos not taken by the artist. If overall dimensions is greater than 53” then they must be covered in Plexiglas, no glass in large dimensions. Paintings must be original, completed within the last two years, not done in a workshop or under the supervision of an instructor. Works previously shown in a MNWS exhibition are not eligible.

Mat and Frame Requirements

  1. White, off-white, and light, neutral mats only. No color mats.
  2. Frames must be neutral, simple, and sturdy and have wire and hooks mounted as specified in the diagram. No color frames.
  3. Maximum exterior frame size is 32” W x 40” H.
  4. ID Labels can be downloaded here.

MNWS Frame Diagram

Exhibitors may display works on gallery wrapped canvas or art boards with at least a ¾” depth. Wiring on back should conform to the procedure listed above for traditional frames. Watercolor or gouache paintings presented on canvas or art board should be protected from possible water damage with a fixative and wax or varnish.

Digital Images

By entering the show you permit us to make digital images of your exhibited artwork for MNWS archives. These images may be used in an exhibition catalog and/or for publicity. They will not be high-resolution images from which illegal copies of your artwork could be created.

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