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Information on Entering Standard Fine Art

The MasterWorks Standard Fine Art Show is actually three shows in one.

Oil / Acrylic



Awards Available to Standard Fine Art

Best of Show

Creativity Award

NMWS Excellence in Watermedia

PSNM Excellence in Pastel

RGAA Give Back Award

Wilson Hurley Enchantment Award

Non-Representational Award

Carol Bryant Award for Originality in Watermedia

Awards of Excellence

1st, 2nd and 3rd in Oil/Acrylic, Pastel & Watermedia Divisions

Honorable Mentions

People's Choice Award

Show Eligibility

Age: Living artists over the age of 18.

Residency: Must be a resident of New Mexico.

Membership: Participating artists in the Pastel and Watermedia sections are not required to be a member of a sponsoring society. For Oil / Acrylic entries participating artists must be a member of Rio Grande Art Association.

Entries: Artists may enter all Divisions. Separate entry forms must be used for each Division entered.

All works must be original.

All works must be for sale.

No copies, diptychs or other multiples, photography or computer generated work.

Entries must have been completed within the last 2 years.

Work cannot have appeared in a previous MasterWorks show.

Entries cannot have been produced as part of a class instruction.

Important Standard Fine Art Dates
Saturday January 14 Entry Deadline - All Standard Fine Art digital entries, paperwork and entry fees must be received by 5 pm.
Friday March 17 All shipped Standard Fine Art entries must be received by 5 pm
Saturday March 18 All hand-delivered Miniature and accepted Standard Fine Art entries must be delivered to Hispanic Arts Building, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque 9 - 11 am
Sunday April 23 Pick up unsold and purchased artwork 9 - 11 am

Read This Section First Then Go To Appropriate Organization for Specific Information before applying.

Entries: Each artist may submit a maximum of 3 digital entries in each Division, with a maximum of 2 pieces being accepted in each Division.

Image Size Limitations: 80 sq. inches minimum image size.

Frame Size Limitations: Overall outside measurement, including frame, maximum size of 72" in height and 48" in width.

Title Limitations: A limit of 25 characters, including spaces.

Digital Requirements:

Digital file image must accurately represent the accepted painting, with no extraneous materials such as mats, frames or background showing in the image.

File Format: JPG files only!

Image Resolution: 300 dpi

Image Size: maximum of 1200 pixels on the longest dimension.

Recommended software for adjusting Image size:

MACs: Open image using PREVIEW; Under the Tools menu click Adjust Size; make adjustments and save file.

PCs: Use Photoshop, Lightroom or most photo editing software and look for image size.

File Name Convention: Change the file name as indicated – first 4 letters of last name, first 4 letters of first name (if your name does not have 4 letters, fill in with X's), A, B, C for entry number and O for oil/acrylic, P for Pastel and W for watermedia. Example: Johnathan Smith has three entries in Oil/Acrylic

smitjohnAO first entry file name; smitjohnBO second entry file name; smitjohnCO third entry file name.

Entry Fees: A non-refundable fee of $15 per piece paid to the sponsoring society preferably online, but you may send payment by mail (see society instructions).

Online Entry Information: Determine which society to enter your work with, based on the medium used to create the work. Then go to that society website to enter online. Make sure you have your images, all information and a credit card. If your have entires rendered in different mediums, you will need to enter each with the appropriate society.

Confirmation: You will receive email confirmation that your entries were received.

Entry Deadline: All digital entries, paperwork and fees must be received by 5pm, SaturdayJanuary 14, 2016. Results: A list of accepted work will be emailed Febuary 19 to all artists. If desired, for additional notification by US Mail, please provide a legal size (#10) self-addressed stamped envelope with 2 first class stamps to the sponsoring society.

Mailing Addresses: Are listed under specific media division. No certified mail accepted.

Cash And Prizes Valued Over $9,000


Eligibility: Two dimensional work, rectangular or square, must be in a painting medium or combination of media of oil, acrylic, Classic egg tempera or encaustic not framed under glass and at least 80% of the surface must be hand painted. The sides of gallery wrapped canvases must be painted. Any relief elements used within the two dimensional work may extend or recede up to ¾ inch.

Framing: All accepted paintings must be framed or wrapped to gallery quality standards. No glass or Plexiglas allowed in this category.

Online Registration: You can register, upload images and pay online at

Pay by Check: Payable to Rio Grande Art Association; mail check to Audrey Minard, P.O. Box 2541, Tijeras, NM 87059. Include Artist name & phone.

.Membership Required:. If not a member a $35.00 membership fee must be included with entry.

.Filemaster Contact Info: Audrey Minard:, 505 281-1966


Eligibility: All work submitted must be at least 80% soft pastels. Framing: All accepted works must be framed, with glass, to gallery quality standards. The glass should be standard glass, AR glass (anti-reflective) or museum glass.

Non-glare glass is prohibited. Plexiglas is allowed, but discouraged.

Mats: Optional. If used, mats must be well cut and clean with no debris between the glass and mat.

Online Registration: You can register, upload images and pay online at

Pay by Check: Payable to Pastel Society of New Mexico; mail check to Enid Sorensen, 1412 Somervell NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Include Artist name & phone.

Membership Not Required

Filemaster Contact Info: Enid Sorenson - - 505-294-7217


Eligibility: All work submitted must be water-soluble media (excluding water-soluble oils) on cotton rag paper, cotton rag paper mounted board, Yupo, watercolor canvas, Aquaboard or oriental papers. Only watercolors not previously accepted/shown in NMWS Spring and Fall Shows, WFWS Shows, or Master- Works of NM can be submitted.

Framing: All accepted paintings must be framed to gallery quality standards under Plexiglas. All paintings must be matted with a clean and well cut mat. No color restrictions.

Online Registration: Members can register, upload images and pay online at Log-in with e-mail & password. Non-members should e-mail images to including images, name,address,city phone, and e-mail address. For each entry include title, painting size (H x W), media used and price.

.Pay by Check: Payable to New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS); mail check to Woody Duncan, 7236 Calle Montana NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113. Include Artist name & phone.

Membership Not Required

Filemaster Contact Info: Woody Duncan C-913-963-1472 H-505-344-3613,

Frame Wire Requirements


When pulled tight, the wire MUST PEAK at 3-1/2 inches below the TOP of the frame.

Paintings that do not meet these requirements will be charged $5 to bring up to standards or will be refused.

Attaching Wire to Frame
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