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PWS Aqueous Open 2022 International Exhibit

  • 18 Apr 2022
  • 3:00 PM
  • 15 Jul 2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • Stifel Fine Arts Center, Oglebay Institution



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.  

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.

Awards: The Awards: Awards are selected from received work. The Best of Show award is $1,200, with over $5,000 in total cash and prize awards. Awards announced at Opening, September 11th

Important Dates:

Registration deadline: July 15, 2022, Midnight

  • Notice of acceptance: Week of July 31
  • Shipped work must arrive at the Stifel Fine Arts

  Center by: August 20, 2022

  • Hand delivered work drop off:

   August 20, 2022 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Exhibit dates: September 8 - October 29, 2022
  • Opening Reception: September 11, 2022 1-4 p.m. at Stifel Fine Arts Center
  • Pick up/shipping of unsold works: October 31- November 5

Entry fee: for one or two pieces is $45 (US funds) for non-members and $30 (using a discount code) for Pittsburgh Watercolor Society members. The fee is non-refundable.

Eligibility: PWS Aqueous Open 2022 Annual International Exhibition is open to all artists 18 or older working primarily with water-based media on a paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are permitted) and unvarnished.

Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera. No pastels, class work, digital images, any form of print or reproductions, 10% collage only. Artist’s original work only. No copies or likenesses of another artist’s work including published source or reference not attributable to the artist.

 • Minimum size: 12" x 12" image size • Maximum size: 40" x 40" framed size

Work must have been completed within the last two years and not previously shown in a PWS exhibit. All paintings must be sturdily framed under glass or Plexiglas® plastic glazing for hand delivery, Shipped work must be Plexiglas® ONLY.

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