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Aqueous Open

2022 Annual International Exhibition

September 8 - October 29, 2022

Online - link coming

The Pittsburgh Water Color Society (PWS) Aqueous Open 2022 International Exhibition is a juried exhibit for artists using water-based media on paper. This year's 77th Aqueous is being presented in person in the Stifel Fine Arts Center, Oglebay Institute in Wheeling West Virginia, and online on the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society website.  

Aqueous Open is the annual PWS exhibit open to all participants, member or not. Two pieces may be submitted (only one may be accepted). More than  $5,000 in cash and merchandise awards.

Juror of Selection and Awards:

This year's Juror is Barbara Jones former Chief Curator The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Ms. Jones, was the Museum’s first Curator. She joined The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in October 1995, was promoted to Chief Curator in 2009, and retired after 26 ½ years on April 1, 2022.

We invite artists 18 or older working primarily with water-based media on a paper surface to submit two (2) works for jury. Only one (1) can be chosen.


For the prospectus, click here For help with creating a digital entry, click here.

Artist's Liability Release for accepted work: please review by clicking here.

To register and pay online by July 15 . Use Call for Entry (www.callforentry.org). Members must use discount code for discount price (emailed to members)

  • The exhibit will be presented life at the Stifel  Fine Arts Center, Oglebay Center, Wheeling West Virginia and Online one gallery  via their website.
  • Awards will be presented at the opening reception on September 8.
  • People's Choice voting will be done online and in person
  • Printed catalogs will be available at the opening and/or mailed to invited artists
  • Sales will be handled through Stifel Center's website.
  • Artist is responsible for delivery of artwork to buyer, including cost

Questions? Contact the show chairs at aqueous@pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com

Aqueous Open 2021 Important Dates

 Prospectus Available Online  Apr.15,2022
 Entry Deadline  July 15, 2022
 Acceptances Notified Second week of August
 Opening Reception
 September 8
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