Competitions & Contests

2024 Signature/Two Star Exhibition

Entry Dates 2024-08-23T20:00:00+00:00 - 2024-07-04T01:00:00+00:00 31 Days Left


Best of Show 2022 "Pinnacles and Pedestals" by Bessann Swanson

Utah Watercolor Society
2024 Signature/Two Star Exhibition September 6 – 28, 2024
Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, UT 84401

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. Keep this prospectus for information needed at a later time. Please follow instructions carefully. No images or entries will be accepted after Friday, August 23, 2024, 8 pm. An entry cannot be accepted if entry details, digital, and fees are not received by the deadline for entries. No entry fees will be refunded. THIS EXHIBITION IS FOR 2 STARS AND SIGNATURE MEMBERS ONLY. IF YOU ARE USURE OF YOUR STATUS; PLEASE EMAIL

Exhibition dates: September 6, 2022 – September 28, 2024

Delivery for exhibition: Tuesday, September 3 , 2024 from noon until 4:30.m. to Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave, Ogden, UT
Eccles Hours of Operation: M–F 9:00am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm
Online entry required, deadline is August 23, 2024
Go to
to register online
Original water media work completed within the past two years only.
Entry image may be no smaller than 100 square inches and not larger than 22 x 30"
$15 per entry (up to 3) for UWS members with Two Star or Signature status (No refunds for entries that do not follow prospectus guidelines and requirements)
Work is required to be for sale for this show. (35% commission deducted from sales)
Contact Brenda Brunello, for questions: 435-881-5573 call or text or

Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 20

Online Registration opens

Friday, August 23, 5 p.m.

Last day to Register for exhibition

Tuesday, September 3

Deliver Paintings to Eccles from Noon until 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 5

Judging of the exhibition

Friday, September 6

UWS Reception and Awards Presentation FROM 5:00-8:00pm (AWARDS at 6:00 p.m.)

September 28

Last day of exhibit

September 30

Pick up paintings Monday, September 30 from– 10:00am – noon at Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave, Ogden, UT

Entry Details
For this exhibition, the Utah Watercolor Society (UWS) will be using ArtCall, an online registration system. Information entry, payment, image upload, and artist notification will all occur within ArtCall.
We anticipate a good response for this exhibition so enter early! Please pay attention to the prospectus to prevent your paintings from being disqualified. Open to UWS members with Two-Star or Signature status only.Artists must create an ArtCall user account (see instructions under Directions for Online Entries below)Entry website. During online entry, submit painting title, medium, size, price, and image for each entry. Artists may also submit a biography and an artist statement, as an option. See entry instructions below.Each artist may submit up to three (3) entries. Entry fees: $15 per entry.No refunds once payment is received.Contact the Exhibition Coordinator if you have any questions.No refunds will be made for disqualified paintings. Judging for awards will be completed after the works are delivered to the gallery venue and prior to the opening on Friday, September 7, 2024
Terms and Conditions for Entry
All terms and conditions for entry in this exhibition are required. UWS Exhibition Committee reserves the right to refuse any work for unacceptable quality, improper framing, damage caused by shipment, or for non-compliance of these terms and conditions. Any work later found to be out of compliance with any term or condition, will be disqualified from exhibiting. Any artist who submits work that is later disqualified or who withdraws work, may be banned from participation in UWS sponsored exhibitions for a period of up to two years. The UWS Exhibition Committee’s determinations and decisions are final.

The theme for the exhibition is “The Best of the Best”.
Open to UWS and CVC members with Two-Star or Signature status only. Participants are limited to a total of three (3) entries. No refunds once payment is received.All works must be original. No copies or likenesses of another artist’s work, no works created under instruction. Use of copyrighted sources is prohibited. All works must have been completed within the last two years, and not have previously been exhibited in a juried or judged exhibit sponsored by the Utah Watercolor Society or its’ Chapter CVC. Have fun with this exhibition. Stretch and experiment a bit. With that being said, all works must be still be rendered in water media and shall be two dimensional in nature.Artists are encouraged to paint on watercolor paper or canvas, clay board, or other experimental surfaces.Work may be varnished or glazed for surface protection.Water-based oils are not permitted nor are no alcohol inks.A work that is primarily collage must use water media paper painted by the artist. A work that is mixed media/collage must use at least 80% water-based media in conjunction with other media, such as pastel, ink, crayon, printed collage papers, and found papers. These "other media" may not be the dominant element. 3-dimensional found objects may be incorporated, but may not be the dominant element. Digital art will NOT be accepted. Acceptable water media includes: transparent watercolor, gouache, water soluble ink, acrylic, casein, and egg tempera. Any questions on acceptable media should be discussed with the Exhibition Coordinator, Brenda Brunello, prior to entry submission.
Size of work: Unframed image may be no smaller than 100 square inches and no larger than 22 x 30".To determine eligible size, multiply height by width. The resulting number must be 100 or greater. For example, 8”x10”=80in2
(too small) or 10”x10”=100in2 (eligible for entry). Framing. All paintings must be ready to hang with wire supports. Gallery-wrap presentations as well as traditionally framed watermedia are acceptable.Glass, plexiglass and/or mat are acceptable but not required. Paintings presented without glass or plexiglass must have a protective coating or varnish applied. Paintings may be floated on a mat or matted in the traditional way. Stable and professional backing material is required. Presentation of the art must be of professional quality. You may be disqualified if it is not.
Directions for Online Entry
Online entry is through ArtCall. If you haven’t used it before, or would like a refresher, visit the UWS website,
More questions?
For image assistance and sizing or other questions, contact Brenda Brunello, or text 435881-5573

John Poon
John Poon's artistic journey spans over 35 years, marked by a deep commitment to his craft. Graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, he transitioned seamlessly into a career as both an artist and an educator. Initially starting as an instructor of Drawing and Painting, John eventually rose to the role of Director of Foundations, overseeing the development of budding artists in fundamental techniques.
Throughout his career, John's artwork has been his primary focus. His pieces can be found in collections nationwide, both public and private. Notable achievements include receiving the Best of Show at the National Wildlife Museum Annual Plein Air Invitational, along with Artist Choice Award at the Maui Plein Air Invitational, and the Gold Medal Best of Show at the Maynard Dixon invitational. John's art reflects the varied landscapes and subjects that have inspired him during his travels across the country, from the majestic peaks of the Midwest to the tranquil boats and marshes of the Carolina coastlines. In each piece, he seeks to capture the essence of these regions, seeking to convey the beauty he finds in the world around him.
Represented by prominent galleries such as the Mountain Trails Gallery in Park City, UT, and Jackson Hole, WY, The LePrince Gallery in Charleston, SC, and the Walls Fine Art Gallery in White Sulphur Springs, WV,
John's art continues to captivate audiences across the country. Despite his success, he remains grounded in his passion for creating art, drawing inspiration from the landscapes of his home state, Utah, as well as the varied regions that have left an indelible mark on his artistic journey.
"I'm compelled to capture the beauty of the world around me, influenced by a lifetime of experiences. While nature's grandeur is nearly incomprehensible and serves as the inspiration for every composition, still they remain as inanimate objects. My primary interest has always been with the viewer, aiming to establish a connection with my fellow individual, and sharing a deeper appreciation of the world around us."
- John Poon