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Frequently Asked Questions
• Who can join the Kentucky Watercolor Society?
• Why should I join KWS?
• Where is your gallery located and when is it open?
• What is Signature Membership?
• When does KWS hold exhibitions?
• How do I enter paintings in KWS exhibitions?
• Do you allow collage in KWS shows?
• Do you allow Yupo?
• What paintings are eligible for a KWS exhibition?
• What types of water media are allowed in KWS exhibitions?
Who can join the Kentucky Watercolor Society?
Membership in the KWS is open to both residents and non-residents of Kentucky who are interested in promoting the art of watercolor. Dues are
$40 per year for new members and renewing members. A patron member is a member who wishes to support the KWS by paying $50 or more in
dues. A Life Membership is available for $400 (one-time payment). A Student Membership is $15 per year for full-time students at accredited art
schools. A membership application is available on the home page and the contact page.
Why should I join KWS?
Membership in the Kentucky Watercolor Society is a great way to meet other watercolorists and keep up with the art of watercolor in Kentucky. Our
two annual exhibitions provide an opportunity to see some of the best of what is being accomplished in watercolor today. Our newsletter features
articles about events of the society. KWS-sponsored watercolor demonstrations give you an opportunity to explore techniques. Members receive
discounts on workshop fees and competition entry fees. Our website provides many opportunities for you to get exposure for your art. Most of all,
joining KWS helps to promote watercolor as a rich and vibrant medium.
Where is your gallery located and when is it open?
The gallery is located at 4836 Brownsboro Center, Louisville, KY 40207. It is in the shopping center at the intersection of Brownsboro Road and the
Watterson Expressway. It is next to a barber shop. There is a KWS sign over the entry door. At this time it is open Wednesday-Friday 11 am to 4 pm
and Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm.
What is Signature Membership?
Signature Membership in the Kentucky Watercolor Society is awarded to the artist who has paintings accepted into the KWS Aqueous USA national
juried show on three separate occasions.
Signature Members are to continuously pay annual dues to retain Signature status. If there is a lapse in membership signature status is not
retained. To recover Signature status, a member may pay back dues up to date.
When does KWS hold exhibitions?
KWS generally holds two major exhibitions each year that are open to all artists. AquaVenture is usually held in the spring and Aqueous USA in
November and December. In addition there are numerous smaller exhibits held at the KWS gallery throughout the year. A prospectus will provide
entry details for each exhibit.
How do I enter paintings in KWS exhibitions?
First, you will need to find a copy of the prospectus, which has all the details about how to enter a show. All GWS members receive a copy of the
prospectus for AquaVenture and Aqueous USA. Also, you can download a copy of the prospectus for each show from this website or you may
contact KWS to have a copy mailed to you. The prospectus is usually available 8 – 12 weeks before the deadline for digital images.
Read the prospectus and choose one of the 3 methods for entering KWS exhibitions:
Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi with a minimum of 1800 pixels on the longer side.
1. Fill out the entry form found on the prospectus; label each JPEG image with ArtistLastName/ArtistFirstName/Nameofpainting.jpg and put on a CD
(Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi with a minimum of 1800 pixels on the longer side). You’re your check, entry form, and CD to the
2. Fill out the entry form found on the prospectus; label each JPEG image with ArtistLastName/ArtistFirstName/Nameofpainting.jpg and email to the
address provided on the prospectus. Then mail your check and entry form...
3. Fill out the entry form online and pay using the PayPal link on the KWS website. Email your labeled JPEG image
(ArtistLastName/ArtistFirstName/Nameofpainting.jpg) to the address provided on the prospectus.
4. Email: Label each JPEG image with ArtistLastName/ArtistFirstName/Nameofpainting.jpg and submit the digital file to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Email questions to the show entry chair listed on the prospectus.
Do you allow collage in KWS shows?
KWS does allow collage in its exhibitions. Water media must be the dominant element (75%). Collage elements must be the original water media
created by the artist. No preprinted or computer-generated images are allowed.
Do you allow Yupo?
Yes, in addition to watercolor paper, we allow paintings created on Yupo.
What are your requirements for framing and matting?
Frames are to be plain and unadorned and should not exceed 2” in width. They must be ready for hanging with wire in place. Plexiglass must be
used. In the Aqueous USA exhibit the maximum frame size may not exceed 40” in either direction. No image may be smaller than 8” x 10”. Water
media must be the dominant element. Oils will not be accepted. Collage elements must be the original watercolor media created by the artist. Work
must be on paper or yupo. Mats or liners, if any, must be white or a light neutral color. Improperly framed pieces or those unsuitable for hanging will
be returned. The rules for each exhibit are governed by the prospectus for that exhibit regardless of any information to the contrary here.
Packaging: Proper packaging is imperative to protect your work. Improper packaging may result in damaged, returned or unopened shipment.
Airfloat StrongBoxes™ are strongly recommended for shipping your paintings. You can order a reusable Airflow StrongBox by calling 800-445-2580;
ask for the Kentucky Watercolor Society member discount. Wood or metal crates are not accepted. Packages sent with popcorn filler will be
What paintings are eligible for a KWS exhibition?
All paintings must be original work in water-based media. No preprinted or computer generated images are allowed. Work done in a workshop or
under classroom supervision is not permitted. All work must have been completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in any KWS
show. No exceptions.
What is the artist agreement and what happens if I change or don’t deliver a painting that has been accepted into
a GWS exhibition?
Work that has been accepted for an exhibition must be received by the final delivery date. No work may be withdrawn before the close of the
exhibition. Once the artist’s painting has been accepted, the artist may not substitute another work, may not modify the painting in any way, nor
change the sale price. If the work has been changed from the JPG entry image, it will be excluded from the show
What types of water media are allowed in GWS exhibitions?
The following water media are allowed: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache and egg tempera. Batik, watermedia with wax resist on paper, is
accepted in all exhibitions. Oil paints including water-soluble oil paints are not allowed.
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