International Watercolor Festival – Costa Rica

The International Watercolor Society (IWS) Costa Rica, in collaboration with the National University and the Costa Rican Cultural Center, is pleased to announce the first IWS-Costa Rica Watercolor Festival, which will be held from September 17 to September 20, 2018. This invitation is for watercolorists of over 18 years old from anywhere in the world.

The festival will include various activities such as demonstrations of the watercolor technique done by international guests, interactive activities, workshops, conversations, coexistence of artists and plein air painting in different contexts of the daily life of Costa Ricans.

As part of the festival will be held the First International Exhibition IWS Costa Rica “ACUARELA TROPICAL”, it will be held from September 17 to October 17, 2018 at the Sophia Wanamaker Gallery, Bi-Cultural Center USA- Costa Rica, San Pedro, San José.

For those artists who wish to participate in the “TROPICAL WATERCOLOR” Exhibition, the aspects to be considered are detailed:

 

The participation will have no cost

 

1. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WORKS
a) Theme: free.
b) Number of works per artist: one (1)
c) Technique: Watercolor on paper.
d) Dimensions: 8.5 “x 11” (28.0 cm x 22.0 cm) or less.
e) Originality: The work must be original and made in the last 3 years and must not be
derived from photos, images or works of other authors.

 

2. SELECTION OF WORKS
A. SENDING PHOTOGRAPHS.
In those countries in which there is a representative of the IWS, he/she should be
responsible for sending the photographs of the works of the artists of their country to
the email: acuarelasiwscr@gmail.com. The subject of the electronic mail must be the
name of the country (in capital letter) from which the works proceed:

The photographs must be sent together with the participation form.

In the case of not knowing if the country has a representative of the IWS, the sending of photographs can be done individually by each artist. In this case, the photograph should be sent to the same email above; but the subject must have the following format: name of the artist (separated by hyphens space) _name of the country in CAPITAL LETTERS

 

Para: acuarelasiwscr@gmail.com

Asunto: Federico-Alarcon_COLOMBIA

 

The file of each photograph that will be attached to the email should be named according the following format:

Country_name of the author (separated by hyphens) _title of the

work_measures_earning year: For example:

 

Spain_Gustavo-Piedra_Esperanza_28x22_2018.jpg

 

 

The deadline for sending the image of the artwork and the participation form is 24:00

(GMT-4) of March 28, 2018.

 

 

B. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE WORKS

i. Each image must be in jpg format.

ii. Each image must be referenced according to the following format: país_complete name of the artist (without spaces) -title of the work (without spaces).

For example: Costa Rica_FelipeRueda-TrópicoHúmedo

b. The image must have a weight between 3 MB and 5 MB,

c. The image must have a resolution of 300 DPI and a minimum of 1500 pixels on the longest side of it.

d. The image should be perfectly cropped.

e. The image must not have modifications or digital alterations that can alter the quality of the work.

 

C. JURY
The organizers will appoint a jury of prestigious artists, gallerists and national and
international art critics who will select the works participating in this event and the
prizes to be awarded.
The members of the jury will be announced in the opening of the exhibition. The
decision of the jury is unappealable.

 

D. NOTIFICATION TO THE ARTISTS

On April 15 the artists will be notified of the results of the selection of the works for the First International Watercolor Exhibition “ACUARELA TROPICAL”.

The artists whose depictions were selected will be sent detailed instructions for shipping procedures of the artworks.

 

3. SHIPPING OF WORKS

I. The works must be sent without frame, because the organizers will supply them.
ii. All original paintings should be received by the organizers until May 30, 2018.
iii. IWS-Costa Rica recommends using the EMS postal service (for North America
USPS-International Express Mail) for the delivery of the works. You can also use the
FEDEX service, UPS, DHL, TNT or any other Courier.
iv. Customs payments will be pay by the sender. It is important to indicate in the
package: NO COMMERCIAL VALUE-ONLY FOR EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE.
Payment of the return of the work will be covered by the sender.

4. INSURANCE OF THE WORKS

i. The handle of the works will be done with care by the organizers of the event.

ii. At the time of the registration, the artists release the International Watercolor Society – Costa Rica, its representatives, the National University of Costa Rica and the festival organizers of all responsibility with respect to the loss or damage of their works.

iii. It is suggested that each artist contracts his own insurance, if he considers it appropriate.

5. AWARDS

The award ceremony of the First International Watercolor Exhibition “ACUARELA TROPICAL”, will take place on September 16, 2018.

There are 3 prizes:

i. First prize

ii. Second prize

iii. Third award

Additionally, 5 honorable mentions will be awarded.

 

6. PROMOTION OF THE WORKS

The festival organizers will publish a digital catalog.

7. COPYRIGHT:

The organizers have the right to exhibit, photograph, print in the catalog and record in some devices the participating works for promotional purposes, giving the corresponding credit to the respective author.

8. DATES TO REMEMBER:

Date of image submission: until March 28, 2018

Notice of selection of works: April 15, 2018

Deadline for delivery of work: May 30, 2018

Inauguration of the exhibition: September 17, 2018