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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Springfield Art Museum Seeks Entries For Watercolor USA 2024

Diagonal sections of five colorful watercolor paintings with the Watercolor USA 2024 seal.


Springfield, MO. (December 18, 2023) – The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for Watercolor USA 2024, highlighting the very best in contemporary American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will run from June 8 through September 1, 2024. The entry portal opens on January 3, 2024. All entries must be submitted online. The deadline to apply is midnight (Central Standard Time) on February 22, 2024.

Organized in 1962, this year marks the 63rd year of Watercolor USA. The nationally known exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, and seeks to discover what is new and what is next in the world of American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will be judged by Carole Hennessy, President of the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

Approximately $20,000 in cash prizes, artist materials, and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Top awards include the $3,000 Kenneth M. Shuck Memorial Award, the $2,000 Greg G. Thielen Memorial Award, the $1,500 Bill Armstrong Memorial Award, and the $1,000 Robert E. Goodier Memorial Award For Traditional Transparent Watercolor, among others. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

Artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, ages 18 and up, who are using watermedia as a critical component of their work are eligible to apply. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional watermedia are encouraged to enter. High realism, abstraction, traditional transparent watercolor, and innovative uses of the medium are all welcomed as the exhibit continues to expand and adjust with contemporary artistic practice. The Museum routinely purchases work from the Watercolor USA exhibition to expand its robust collection of contemporary American watermedia. Watercolor USA is visited by over 15,000 patrons every year and the Museum produces a full color catalog, a complete record of the exhibit for purchase by patrons. 

For full information on entry rules, entry fees, and how to submit artwork, please visit The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 East Brookside Drive. Admission is always free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Want to enter?

Entry portal opens: January 3, 2024 

Deadline to enter: February 22, 2024, Midnight (Central Standard Time)

Full Prospectus and FAQs at:


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit or contact Joshua Best, Museum Affairs Officer at (417) 874-2859 or

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