All entrants in MNWS Exhibitions will be required to READ and AGREE to these rules. Please familiarize yourself with these rules BEFORE deciding what to enter in a show so you know your work can be in compliance.

Minnesota Watercolor Society Show Submission Rules Agreement

Complete rules are available at:

Any work that does not follow these rules will not be accepted. Fees will not be returned.

  • Entrants must be a MNSW member with current dues paid before or upon entry.
  • Painting must use water-based media on a paper surface, YUPO, canvas, or board up to 3/4-inches thick.
  • Surfaces may be treated or coated to accept water-based media with gesso or gel medium.
  • Media must be applied in a transparent or opaque manner – no impasto.
  • Any collage must be treated with water-media only and not dominate the painting. No found materials may be used. Drawing elements including ink, pastel, crayons, pencil, etc. may be used.
  • Work must be original and may not be copies of other artists’ work, painted in a workshop or under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Photo reference materials must have been taken by the artist.
  • Paintings must be completed within the last two years and not previously shown in a MNWS exhibition.
  • Paintings must be framed and under glass or an acrylic surface. Gallery wrapped canvas or board paintings must have finished edges and the surface treated with a fixative.
  • Matting must be white or off-white only.
  • Frames must be simple, sturdy, and in black, white or neutral tones only.
  • Maximum frame/work size is 41” vertically or horizontally.
  • All works must include a hanging wire that is 2 inches down from the highest point at the top of the frame, canvas, or board. No sawtooth hangers.

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