Call for Art

From Susan “Suzie” Sparks
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society President

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open 2019 Registration is Now Available online!

The 2019 PWS Aqueous Open 2019 is open to any artist 18 or older working in water-based media. Works submitted for consideration to PWS Aqueous Open 2019 must be primarily water-based media on an unvarnished paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are also permitted) no canvas. Two pieces may be submitted. Over $5,000 in cash and merchandise awards.

Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera, watercolor with ink, water soluble pencil, crayon or graphite and must be artist’s original work. Works cannot include digital images, any form of print or reproduction and must have been completed within the last two years.

Last year’s Aqueous Open included works from artists from 17 states and six countries.

Entry fee for one or two pieces is USD $40 for non-members and $30 for Pittsburgh Watercolor Society members.

Awards are selected from received work with more than $5,000 in total cash and merchandise awards. Awards will be announced at the opening reception, Oct 4, 2019.

Entry Deadline is July 1, 2019. For a prospectus and full exhibit information please go to

The Juror for the exhibit is Frank Eber, an AWS, NWS, and TWSA member.
Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 -95. In the ’80s and ’90s, Frank worked as a professional illustrator for video cover sleeves and as a portrait artist by commission. He strives to create timeless art in both oil and water media and works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World Masters.
In addition to jurying the exhibit and selecting the awards, Mr. Eber will be a featured guest at the PWS Fall membership meeting and will conduct a demonstration of his process. The meeting will be held at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106 on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1:00PM. The meeting is free and open to all PWS members, and, also open to the public for a charge of $5.

Also, Mr. Eber will be leading a four-day Watercolor Workshop Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2019.

Please visit our website at for more information on our organization. Click here for the page with all the information about the Aqueous Open (with link to the full prospectus and entry information.

Hope you enter!
The Aqueous Open Team

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