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2019 Fifth Annual NorthStar National Watermedia Juried Exhibition

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Date: Thursday, October 03, 2019 - Thursday, November 14, 2019

Venue: Lakeville Area Arts Center

2019 Fifth Annual NorthStar National Watermedia Juried Exhibition Prospectus

Exhibition Dates: October 3-November 14, 2019

Deadline for Entries: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Midnight, August 1, 2019

Lakeville Area Arts Center is a state-of-the art gallery, theater, and educational resource center in the Twin Cities, located at 20965 Holyoke Ave. in Lakeville, Minnesota.

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2019 Exhibition Calendar
May 1 to August 1, Entries accepted until midnight August 1
– Tuesday, August 20, Acceptance notification and shipping instructions
– September 16-21, Shipped paintings received
– Tuesday, October 1, 10am-1pm, Hand-delivered paintings received
– Sunday, October 27, 2-4pm, Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony
– Friday, November 15, 10am-1pm, Pickup hand-delivered paintings
– Friday, November 22, Latest date unsold paintings shipped back

NorthStar Watermedia Society will award a minimum of $4000 in cash and non-cash prizes for the 2019 National Exhibition. (In 2018, awards totaled $8930 in cash, product, and certificates.)
– Best of Show – $1250
– 2nd Place – $1000
– 3rd Place – $750
– Named awards and additional cash/product awards

Open to all artists 18 years or older.

Entry Fee (non-refundable)
NorthStar Watermedia Society members: $40 for up to three images.
– Non-members: $50 for up to three images.
– Those wishing to join NorthStar may add $37 individual annual dues during the entry process (total $77). This would cover dues through the exhibition period, September 2019 through August 2020.
– You need not be a NorthStar member to enter the National Exhibition, but you must be a NorthStar member if you hope for a possibility of signature status.

Entry Procedure

All entries are handled by Entry deadline is midnight, August 1, 2019.
Registration is online only at image guidelines at for help properly sizing yourimages.
– Each artist may submit up to three paintings; however, only one can be selected for the exhibition.
– Show only the image, no frame or mat. The image must be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal).
– No digital watermark may be shown in the image.
– After a painting has been entered, its title and price may not be changedPlease price paintings considering framing costs, applicable sales commissions (total 35% in 2019, see below), or as NFS.
Contact NorthStar Registration via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for questions related to the Call For Entries.

Specifications and Restrictions
– All work submitted must be suitable for a family audience.
– Entries limited to paintings in watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, water-soluble ink, and egg tempera.
– Acceptable surfaces include paper, yupo, canvas, canvas board, or board.
– Only the artist’s own hand painted papers may be used for collage.
– No paintings accepted that use pastel, oil pastel, wax crayon, water soluble oil, alcohol inks, computer generated images, or any form of print reproduction.
–Work and source material must be wholly original and not derived from any published images or other artists’ work.
– Entries may not have been exhibited in any previous NorthStar Watermedia Society exhibition.
– Maximum size, including frame, 42” in any direction. Maximum depth 3”.
– There is no minimum size.
– Framing or mounting is required for all paintings, except a gallery-wrap canvas finished on all sides as continuation of the image, or cradled Ampersand.
– All paintings must be wired for hanging on the vertical sides of the frame. No saw tooth hangers allowed. Finished work to be suitable for hanging in a fine arts gallery.
– If your painting requires a clear covering, you can use glass or plexiglass.
– No work may be withdrawn before close of exhibition.
– NorthStar cannot make special shipping arrangements.
– Accepted painting must be same as entry.
– If an accepted painting is not submitted for the show, the artist will be disqualified from entering any NorthStar National Watermedia Exhibition for three (3) consecutive years.

Lakeville Area Arts retains 25% on any sold artwork in the exhibition and NorthStar retains an additional 10% commission (total 35%). All insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

Delivery of Artwork
Every artist whose painting is accepted will receive instructions for shipping or hand-delivery. Read the instructions carefully.

– Hand-delivered artwork must include the following:
— Gallery fee: $20 check made out to NorthStar Watermedia Society

– Shipped Artwork must include ALL of the following:
— Gallery fee: $20 check made out to NorthStar Watermedia Society
— Handling fee: $60 check to Artists’ Choice for cartage and unpacking and repacking services
— Prepaid return shipping label

Copyright and Production Rights
As condition of entry, entrant grants NorthStar Watermedia Society the right to reproduce accepted artwork in materials such as a CD, catalog or video, press releases, publications, brochures, leaflets, invitations, radio, television or website announcements, and other printed or electronic media.

Artists should provide their own insurance. NorthStar Watermedia Society and Lakeville Area Arts Center will take every precaution against damage or theft, but will not be responsible for damage or loss, whatever the cause. Submission of an entry to this exhibition constitutes the agreement of the artist to all terms and conditions in this Call For Entries. The entering artist does for himself/herself, his/her heirs and assigns, hereby forever waive, release and discharge NorthStar Watermedia Society, its members, and Lakeville Area Arts Center and its agents from any and all manner of actions, suits, damages, claims, and demands whatsoever, in law and equity, for any loss or damage to the artist’s property, and for any personal liability.


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All Dates

  • From Thursday, October 03, 2019 to Thursday, November 14, 2019