Southwestern Watercolor Society 2019 Membership Exhibition entry deadline June 30

It’s time to start getting your entries together for the 2019 Southwestern Watercolor Society Membership Exhibition! The call for entries for the 56th Annual Membership Exhibition officially opens Wednesday, May 1, 2019! Cash prizes totaling $8,000 will be awarded.

The CaFE call for entries and prospectus goes live on Wednesday, May 1. The entry deadline is midnight, Sunday, June 30. You must be a SWS member in good standing with dues paid as of June 30 to qualify for the exhibition. To join or renew, go to our dues page at

SWS uses the CaFE system for all entries. Here’s what you need to know to enter via the CaFE website:
Set up a profile on the CaFE website (if you don’t already have one) and become familiar with how to submit your paintings.
Review the information posted on the SWS website regarding how to set up a profile, how to prepare your images for uploading, how to upload to CaFE and how to enter. Go to and go to the tab at the top entitled, “Exhibitions.” Click the down arrow and you will see a listing for, “Aids to Entering our Member Exhibition.” This is a wonderful resource. The direct link to applying to the competition on CaFE is

Entry Fee: $45 for up to three paintings.
All work must be painted after January 1, 2016 (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.

Exhibition schedule:

Call for Entries opens: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019 (midnight)
Preview Party: Sunday, July 7, 2019 – Royal Lane Baptist Church (2:00-4:00PM)
Acceptance Notification: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Deadline to receive shipped art: Friday, August 23, 2019 – Navis Pack & Ship
Deadline for hand-delivered art: Mon., August 26, 2019 – Eisemann Center (11 a.m.-1:30 pm.)
Art hung: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Show Opens: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Eisemann Center
Juror judges: Monday, September 9, 2019
Awards Reception: Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Eisemann Center (5:00PM)
Show Closes: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Pick-up hand-delivered art: Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 – Eisemann Center (11 a.m.-1:30 PM)
Shipped art returned Monday, September 30, 2019 by Navis Pack & Ship