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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Springfield Art Museum Seeks Entries For Watercolor USA 2020

WCUSA Call for Artists


Springfield, MO. (January 3, 2020)  The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for Watercolor USA 2020, highlighting the very best in contemporary American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will run from June 6 through August 16, 2020. The deadline to apply is February 26, 2020.

Organized in 1962, this year marks the 59th 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 Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Jeffereis curated Lee Kit: Hold your breath dance slowly, the artist’s first solo museum show in the US, and co-curated Art at the Center: Guerrilla Girls at the Walker Art Center. From 2012 to 2014, she was Public Programs & Research Coordinator at Independent Curators International in New York, and from 2007 to 2010, Jeffereis was Curatorial Associate at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, where she curated exhibitions on Jeppe Hein, Milton Rogovin, and Chiho Aoshima.

Approximately $20,000 in cash prizes 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 critical components of their work are eligible to apply. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media 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, including the use of nontraditional supports and mounts. The Museum routinely purchases work from the Watercolor USA exhibition to expand its robust collection of contemporary American watermedia.

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.


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, Development and Marketing Coordinator, (417) 874-2859 or

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