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Watercolor Wisconsin 2021

December 15, 2021 – April 23, 2022

Digital Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 29 at 4:00 pm CDT

Please note: Beginning Monday, September 27, the parking lot at RAM’s Wustum Museum will be under construction and therefore unavailable for parking. The museum is currently looking into alternative parking options for in-person of drop-off of work on October 1 and 2.

Now in its 55th year, the exhibition was started in 1966 to honor the depth and breadth of watercolor in the State of Wisconsin.

This year’s jurors are Sarah Cox and Carole Hennessy. Cox is the Manager of Exhibition and Collections at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois. She also manages the Mies van der Rohe design home, the McCormick House, located on the museum’s campus. Previously, Cox was the Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Zanesville Museum of Art, in Zanesville, Ohio.

Carole Hennessy serves as President of the Watercolor Honor Society and is on the Board of the Illinois Watercolor Society. She is a watercolor artist and educator who has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over 40 years. In addition, Hennessy owned and operated a gallery and frame shop in Quincy, Illinois and later in Downers Grove, Illinois.

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SUBMIT DIGITAL ENTRIES

Eligibility

  • Any artist who is a resident of (or maintains a residence in) Wisconsin and is 18 years of age or older.

Entry Fee

  • $35 Entry Fee, which is waived for RAM Members.

Requirements and Specifications

  • One or two works made after October 1, 2019 may be entered.

  • Work must be executed in an aqueous medium or water-based medium combined with dry or mixed media; for example: watercolor, acrylic, ink, or gouache.
  • All work must be on a paper surface, including 2-D, collage, book, or 3-D construction.
  • Canvas, canvas panels/boards, yupo, and other non-paper surfaces are unacceptable.
  • Hand-colored photographs and digitally-created media are also unacceptable.
  • Frame(s) of two-dimensional work must be a minimum of eight inches and a maximum of 72 inches in any direction. Sizes outside these requirements are unacceptable.
  • Work must be framed properly, glazed with glass or Plexiglas®, and wired for hanging. Sawtooth hangers are not acceptable. RAM recommends white and off-white matting. Consult staff for deviations from these rules before Wednesday, September 29. RAM reserves the right to refuse works that do not meet the museum’s standards for quality, presentation, and framing.
  • Work must not have been created under the direct supervision of a teacher.

  • Work must not have been previously exhibited onsite at RAM’s Wustum Museum and/or RAM.
  • Submissions must meet all requirements listed above.

Any Questions? Please contact Kendra Voelz, RAM Curatorial Assistant via email at [email protected] or call 262.619.3541.

Diane Levesque
The Grapplers, 2019
Watercolor and acrylic
Racine Art Museum, Edwin C. Kalke Purchase Award from Watercolor Wisconsin 2020
Photography: Jon Bolton

Watercolor Wisconsin 2021

December 15, 2021 – April 23, 2022

Digital Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 29 at 4:00 pm CDT

Diane Levesque
The Grapplers, 2019
Watercolor and acrylic
Racine Art Museum, Edwin C. Kalke Purchase Award from Watercolor Wisconsin 2020
Photography: Jon Bolton

Please note: Beginning Monday, September 27, the parking lot at RAM’s Wustum Museum will be under construction and therefore unavailable for parking. The museum is currently looking into alternative parking options for in-person of drop-off of work on October 1 and 2.

Now in its 55th year, the exhibition was started in 1966 to honor the depth and breadth of watercolor in the State of Wisconsin.

This year’s jurors are Sarah Cox and Carole Hennessy. Cox is the Manager of Exhibition and Collections at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois. She also manages the Mies van der Rohe design home, the McCormick House, located on the museum’s campus. Previously, Cox was the Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Zanesville Museum of Art, in Zanesville, Ohio.

Carole Hennessy serves as President of the Watercolor Honor Society and is on the Board of the Illinois Watercolor Society. She is a watercolor artist and educator who has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over 40 years. In addition, Hennessy owned and operated a gallery and frame shop in Quincy, Illinois and later in Downers Grove, Illinois.

DOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS (PDF)
SUBMIT DIGITAL ENTRIES

Eligibility

  • Any artist who is a resident of (or maintains a residence in) Wisconsin and is 18 years of age or older.

Entry Fee

  • $35 Entry Fee, which is waived for RAM Members.

Requirements and Specifications

  • One or two works made after October 1, 2019 may be entered.

  • Work must be executed in an aqueous medium or water-based medium combined with dry or mixed media; for example: watercolor, acrylic, ink, or gouache.

  • All work must be on a paper surface, including 2-D, collage, book, or 3-D construction.

  • Canvas, canvas panels/boards, yupo, and other non-paper surfaces are unacceptable.

  • Hand-colored photographs and digitally-created media are also unacceptable.

  • Frame(s) of two-dimensional work must be a minimum of eight inches and a maximum of 72 inches in any direction. Sizes outside these requirements are unacceptable.

  • Work must be framed properly, glazed with glass or Plexiglas®, and wired for hanging. Sawtooth hangers are not acceptable. RAM recommends white and off-white matting. Consult staff for deviations from these rules before Wednesday, September 29. RAM reserves the right to refuse works that do not meet the museum’s standards for quality, presentation, and framing.

  • Work must not have been created under the direct supervision of a teacher.

  • Work must not have been previously exhibited onsite at RAM’s Wustum Museum and/or RAM.

  • Submissions must meet all requirements listed above.

Any Questions? Please contact Kendra Voelz, RAM Curatorial Assistant via email at [email protected] or call 262.619.3541.

Important Dates

Deadline to Upload Digital Images of Work

Wednesday, September 29 at 4:00 pm

Arrival of Shipped Works to Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street

Deadline for receipt: Wednesday, September 29

Drop-off of Works In-Person at RAM’s Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue

Friday, October 1 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 2 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Notification by Phone About Entry Status

Tuesday, October 5 by 5:00 pm

Drop-off of Accepted Digital Entries and Pick-up of Unaccepted Entries

Friday, October 8 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 9 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony at RAM’s Wustum Museum

Sunday, December 12 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Due to the changing health climate, the Opening Reception may become virtual. If so, participating artists will be contacted and new details will be announced on the RAM website and the museum’s social media channels.

Pick-up of Accepted Works After Exhibition

Monday, April 25, 2022 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Submit Digital Entries

  • Please read the entire prospectus before submitting entries.

  • If you ARE a RAM Member, log in to your Member account using your email address and password. If you do not remember your password, click or tap “Lost password?” and proceed with on-screen instructions. Change your password to something that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

  • Add a ticket by clicking or tapping “+” then click or tap “Get Tickets” to proceed with the payment process—RAM Members will not be required to submit an actual payment. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to submit images after completing this process.

  • Become a RAM Member to waive entry fee. Pay for your membership first, then come back to continue submission.

  • If you are NOT a RAM Member, proceed with the $35 jurying fee. When ready to submit, add an entry ticket to your shopping cart and click or tap “Get Tickets.” After the credit card payment is processed, you will be sent a confirmation email with a link to submit images.

  • All digital entries must be saved as .jpg files at 300 dpi, 1,800 pixels maximum on the longest side, with a file size no larger than 1 MB.

Tickets

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Watercolor Wisconsin 2021 Entry Fee
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$ 35.00 $ 0.00
Unlimited

Diverse Voices

RAM is committed to supporting diverse voices—whether that diversity reflects race, gender, sexuality, age, ability, social standing, or world perspective. To that end, RAM acknowledges artists of non-white, non-European heritage on a wall label in exhibitions. Artists will be invited to indicate at in-person drop-off or during digital submission whether they would like to be acknowledged as such. You can chose not to answer this question.

Your answer will in no way impact the juror’s decision-making process as selection is anonymous. This data is only collected for grant writing and reporting and acknowledgment on the label in the gallery.

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Anonymous
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation
Wisconsin Department of Administration

Diamond Sponsors

Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Silver Sponsors
A.C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Johnson Financial Group
Bill Keland
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research
Educators Credit Union
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Andrea and Tony Hauser
The Norbell Foundation
Bill and Mary Walker

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