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2017 – 54th Annual Member Exhibition

Southwestern Watercolor Society is pleased to announce it’s 54th Annual Member Exhibition to be held August 31 through September 30, 2017 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.

Entry is open to members of the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS), a national organization based in Dallas and celebrating its’ 54th anniversary, with 400+ members throughout the USA. New members may join at time of entry. To join SWS, go to: www.swswatercolor.org/join/pay-dues

SWS Membership Dues for the year 2017 – 2018 are due May 31st of each year and members with outstanding balances after June 30th, are not eligible to enter the 2017 Member Art Show. Joining/Renewing your SWS membership is required prior to entry in the 54th Annual Member Exhibition. Renewals can be made at  www.swswatercolor.org/join/pay-dues

All communications and notices regarding the show will be by email.

More than $5,000.00 in cash and merchandise to be awarded!  Entries open May 1, 2017 and the deadline for entry is June 30, 2017 at midnight.

Enter through the CaFE (Call for Entries) website: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECT LINK TO ENTER SHOW.

Use the word ‘watercolor’ or ‘southwestern’ on the Café site to search for our exhibition. For assistance in using Café, see Aids to Entering our Membership Exhibition on the SWS website.

Entry Fee (1st painting entry fee): $35.00; $5 each for 2nd & 3rd painting.

All work must be painted after January 1, 2015 (strictly enforced), original water media on paper or Yupo.  Accepted water media include watercolors, acrylics, inks, gouache, casein, egg tempera, watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons.

• For complete requirements, see the PROSPECTUS. (Click Here to Download)


Entry DeadlineFriday, June 30, 2017 (midnight)Midnight
Preview PartySunday, July 9, 2017 Royal Lane Baptist Church 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Acceptance NotificationTuesday, August 1, 2017
Deadline to Receive Shipped ArtMonday, August 28, 2017Craters & Freighters
Deadline for Hand-Delivered ArtSunday, August 27, 2017Eisemann Center (1:00-3:30 PM)
Art HungTuesday, August 29, 2017Eisemann Center
Show OpensWednesday, August 30, 2017Eisemann Center
Juror Judges EntriesMonday, September 11, 2017
Awards ReceptionSunday, September 24, 2017Eisemann Center 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Show ClosesSaturday, September 30, 2017
Pick-Up Hand-Delivered ArtSunday, Monday, October 1, 2017Eisemann Center 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Shipped Art ReturnedMonday, October 2, 2017Craters & Freighters


Keiko Tanabe, Juror for the 54th Southwestern Watercolor Society's Membership Exhibition

Keiko Tanabe, Juror for the 54th Southwestern Watercolor Society’s Membership Exhibition

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California, U.S.A.  Primarily self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in international relations and marketing.  Since then, her work has earned many awards and recognitions on national and international level.  Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries.  Her work was also featured in numerous art publications including L’Art de l’Aquarelle (France & UK), Practique des Arts (France), Watercolor Artist (US) and Artists & Illustrators (UK).  She is also a sought-after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the U.S. and abroad.  She is currently a member of National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society, North American Watercolor Artists and American Impressionist Society.    Her website: https://ktanabefineart.com/

Watercolor by Keiko Tanabe

Watercolor by Keiko Tanabe