Exhibition Requirements

Each exhibition may have rules specific to the exhibition venue. Read the exhibition prospectus for specific requirements.

Standing Rules for Exhibitions (from the Bylaws)

  1. Any member whose dues are not currently paid cannot exhibit.
  2. Any WPW exhibit designated as an “eligibility show” is an exhibit whereby a member may receive credit toward Active status or jury duty.
  3. Women Painters West and exhibiting venues will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred to the works of any member. Members shall sign a release when submitting work for exhibition.
  4. Women Painters West will not be responsible for any physical injury to individuals.
  5. “New work” is construed to mean any work not previously shown with WPW. Rejected work may be resubmitted for any future WPW exhibition. Submitted work must have been executed within the past three years.
  6. Any work done in class, taken to a critique, or completed as a result of a class assignment may not be entered in any WPW show.
  7. Entry cards must be properly filled out and affixed to the work as directed.
  8. Work, which is inadequately framed or wired, will be rejected by the Exhibition Committee. The following rules will apply for each exhibit:
  9. All frames must be gallery quality (no gold or ornate frames) with mats and mounts a neutral color.
  10. Work that needs protection should be under Plexiglas. Gallery permitting, glass may be used on work measuring no more than 18” x 24” (432 sq. inches). Pastels may be under glass, whatever the size.
  11. Work must be wired for hanging with ends of wire taped. Saw tooth hangers are permissible for work measuring less than 14” in any direction.
  12. Works on stretched canvas or cradles do not have to be framed.  Sides should be finished in a manner appropriate to the painting; subject to change per individual exhibit.
  13. Computer generated art is acceptable. Reprints of original pieces (i.e.Giclées) are unacceptable unless reworked by hand.
  14. Diptychs, triptychs and 4 part paintings are acceptable if they work as a unit:
    • fits within the size restrictions listed on the prospectus
    • is submitted with specific hanging instructions
    • if available for sale, must be sold as one piece
    • if accepted in a WPW exhibition, none of the parts are eligible as entries in future WPW exhibitions.
  15. The Juror for each show will be approved by the Board. It will be the responsibility of the juror to choose all paintings for the exhibit and to select the award winners.
  16. Quality in the exhibit shall be the first concern of the Juror. The Juror shall consider all schools of art to ensure a well-rounded exhibit. The decision of the Juror is final.
  17. Members may submit two works of art to any one show unless otherwise specified by the Board. It is the intention of WPW to include as many members’ work as possible in each exhibit. However, it will be the outside juror’s decision as to what art works will be included. The juror is free to choose more than one painting from any given artist.
  18. No person may receive more than one award, either cash or honorable mention, in any one show. A maximum of three (3) honorable mention awards will be selected in any one show, unless otherwise specified by the Board.
  19. It is the responsibility of all members who are selected for shows to volunteer their time to sit with the paintings at the show place as needed.
  20. Agreement to participate in a show by an artist also means that she agrees to leave the painting in the show for the full term of the show. Not to do so, could mean being barred from future shows for a time not to exceed 5 years.
  21. Only wall‐hung entrees are accepted for jurying. Assemblage work may be allowed on a show by show basis
  22. The artist agrees to reproduction of exhibited artwork for publicity and documentation purposes.
  23. It is the responsibility of the member to deliver and pick up their work at the time and dates specified in the prospectus or make other arrangements in advance otherwise they will be suspended for the next three exhibitions.


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