1. Papers and Boards:Submitted works must be on flat acid-free white paper, illustration board, watercolor board or unvarnished synthetic papers that include “Yupo”, “Plastex”, “Clayboard”, Aquaboard”, illustration board for wet media, cold or hot press illustration/watercolor board.  No wrapped canvases are allowed. If the board is very thick you might have to put thin foam in between the mat and the backing to fill when framing.  Your framer should know how to do this.
  2. Other materialsmay be submitted for approval prior to submitting the artwork.  It is the intention of AWA to encourage creativity when new materials will be reviewed.
    C.  Texture Application: Boards may not have a mechanically produced texture including real or simulated fabric texture prior to painting, but a light texture of gesso (white or black) may be applied.  Tar gel line work is allowed in clear or color-added form.  Also included are acrylic gel mediums used for creating textures prior to painting so long as they maintain the integrity of water media.
    D.  Water-Soluble Media:  All water-soluble media that can be applied in flat washes are acceptable including transparent and opaque watercolor, synthetic watercolor (Golden Brand., etc.) gouache, acrylic paint or liquid, colored water-based inks, casein paint and tempera.  Additionally, media may be applied by water soluble pencil or watercolor crayons regardless of color so long as they are primarily used in a painting manner and at least partially dissolved.  Some of this work may remain in drawing form so long as the emphasis is on the painted portion.  Painting may also be combined with line work including ink and/or pencil.
    E.  Collage:  Materials used for collage must originally be white and then colored by the artist.  Rice papers, tissue papers, other acid free white papers and unvarnished synthetic papers may be used.
    F.  Application:  Paint may be applied by brush, rags, pouring, drawing initially, spattering or blowing through an atomizer or straw or using stamps hand-made by the artist.


Matting and Framing


  • The frame should be no more than 2” wide and simple.
  • The mat must be white. The exposed part of the mat must be at least 3” wide, 4” is preferred.  If 1/4” of the mat is covered by the frame the mat must be at least 3 ¼” wide.  Mats must be well cut.
  • A single-colored inner mat (liner) may be added to the 3″ exposed mat.
  • Regardless of matting technique, the painting cannot touch the glass or plastic.
  • Fabric texture mats are not allowed.
  • Glazing:All paintings must be covered with Plexiglas unless the prospectus specifically allows glass.  This is for the safety and liability purposes and is usually required in places where shows are hung.  New!  Painted or sprayed varnishes or coatings are now allowed on the paintings and the mats.  They do not need Plexiglas if they are coated. See information above.

  • Backing:
    If the frame is metal, the foam backing, or mounting board can be showing.  If the frame is wood, it is recommended that backing be covered by craft paper, but also, the foam board can show, if it is taped around the sides to cover the installation brads.  All backing must be clean and not be ripped or torn.   Your business card or handwritten contact information with name, phone number, email address and painting title must be on the back.
  • Suspension: Paintings must include a firmly attached heavy duty hanging wire attached so the high point of the stretched wire is approximately 3” below the top of the frame.  The hardware should be mounted 1/3 of the way down from the top of the frame. This is very important in helping those who hang the show.

PLEASE double check your frame, matting, and glazing to be sure there is no damage, debris, or scuffs before you deliver it to the gallery.