San Diego Watercolor Society Member Exhibitions

Members of the San Diego Watercolor Society are entitled to enter monthly member exhibitions. All shows are juried.

Member Show Entry Requirements

Member Show Entry Requirements are listed in SDWS Policy 42.7 for Monthly Member Shows and SDWS Policy 43 for Virtual Shows.

Member Show Entry Policy-42  Virtual Show Entry Policy

How to Enter

You will enter on your Account Page.

  1. Log in at
  2. Select the exhibition you wish to enter on your account page
  3. Enter painting information
    1. Virtual Only Exhibitions: Enter price as unframed and unmatted
    2. In-Gallery Exhibitions: Enter price as matted, framed & ready to hang
  4. Pay your $20 fee (unless you have previously paid the $120 Annual Member Show Fee*

*The entry fee is either $20 for all paintings entered into a single show (up to 2 per category for Member Monthly Shows and 2 for Member Triennial Shows ) OR an annual show fee of $120 can be prepaid. Annual show fee applies to all member shows in that membership year. The SDWS Membership year is from October 1 - September 30.


When jurying is complete, accepted artists will be notified by email.

  • Member Virtual Only Exhibitions will be entered, juried, and awarded online. They are only displayed on the website. You will NOT bring your painting to the gallery.
  • In-Gallery Exhibitions will require that ALL paintings be dropped off at the gallery on a designated Entry Day. Further instructions can be found on the Exhibitions Schedule page on the website.

If you have any questions, please email the Member Shows Director. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How to enter?

You will enter on your Account page. You will start by logging in and clicking ______'s ACCOUNT. Follow the links on this page to enter exhibitions that are open for online entry.

What can I enter?

You may enter two regular size paintings and two miniatures.

I did not choose to pay the $120 annual member show fee when I joined/renewed and would like to pay for that now. How do I do that?

The first step is to log in to the website. If you are on a computer, it will be in the upper right corner of your screen. Then, you will click "______'s Account" to visit your account page. On this page, scroll down until you see a teal colored button on the right side of  your screen that is labeled "Annual Member Show Fee". This will allow you to pay only the $120 and it will be added to your account."

I entered an exhibition and I would like to make a change to my entry/entries. Can I do that?

Yes, you may edit your entry/entries until the offical online entry period has ended. The first step is to log in to the website. If you are on a computer, it will be in the upper right corner of your screen. Then, you will click "______'s Account" to visit your account page. On this page, scroll down until you see the shows listed in the main part of the screen. Follow the link to edit your entry. Note: Your changes will not update in the database until you click "Save Edits".

Does entering guarantee that my work will be shown?

We always have more art entered than there is room to show, so each month a juror selects the paintings to be shown that month.  In addition, the juror selects the paintings to be honored with certificates, or monetary awards, as in the case of the several cash award shows held each year.  Notice of Acceptance will be posted on on the member’s home page as soon as possible after jurying is completed. Each show is unique in terms of the Juror and the art submitted for consideration. Art not being accepted is a function of selection and the juror's taste; artists are encouraged to resubmit their paintings at the next entry day. Juror's comments are posted on the website. If an entry is not accepted, you are expected to retrieve it from the Gallery as soon as possible.  Artists juried into member shows are strongly encouraged to volunteer service or staff the gallery (4) times per year.

What are the “First Friday” receptions? 

These are the official Member Show receptions held at the Gallery on the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Members are encouraged to attend, regardless of whether they have art juried into the show. This is an opportunity to meet other artists and those who appreciate art socially and to view the new show. The event is open to the general public in order to gain exposure for our Gallery, so bring your friends, colleagues, or anyone interested in viewing and collecting art!  Accepted artists are asked to bring an hors d’oeuvre to share.

Are there other ways to have my art available for sale at the Gallery?

Member Artists may display and sell greeting cards they have designed and produced. The SDWS greeting card policy may be found on our Forms & Documents page. Also, Member Artists may include their own websites on our home page where visitors can go to inquire about obtaining the artist's paintings.