Information on Entering Shows

Word form  AWA-Spring-2017-Prospectus

PDF Form  AWA-Spring-2017-Prospectus pdf

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standing rules 2016


A. FRAMES: Frames are to have 2” wide or less members and must be simple in design–no applied or carved decoration may be used but lengthwise grooving or shaping is permitted. Frames having any dimension over 36” may have members up to 3” wide. Frames must be made of metal in metallic or painted colors (silver, bronze, gold or neutral colors such as white, black, gray or shades of brown–no bright or fluorescent colors) or wood that is either natural, stained in wood tones, or painted in the same colors allowed for metal. Solid composite material frames are allowed with the same finishes allowed for wood or metal. MATS: Mats must be white. This is to keep the emphasis on the painting. Cream and beige are not considered white. Floated paintings may have a mat with a space no larger than ½” between mat and painting, or they may be presented without mat with a space no larger than ½” between the painting and the frame. Material showing between the painting and the mat or frame shall be a neutral color (white, gray, black or natural material color). a. The exposed part of the mat (the part outside of the frame) must be at least 3” wide. If ¼” of the mat is covered by the frame, the mat must be at least 3 ¼” wide. Mats must be well cut.

B. A single colored inner mat (liner) may be added to the 3” exposed mat. c. Regardless of matting technique, the painting cannot touch the glass or plastic. d. Due to past disagreements about what “white” means, the following brand and color names are listed as approved: Crescent: White, Arctic White, Palm Beach White, Ice White, Spanish White, White Essential Solid, Pearl, Bright White, Wedding White, and Illustration Board. Crescent Select: #9506 – egg white, #9502 – white sale, #9500 – white glove, #9505 – white wash. Strathmore Illustration Board. Michael’s (Artistry): Vivid White, Pure White, Frost, Matte White, Snowflake, White, Spanish White. RAG: #1610 – white, #1571 – palm beach white, #1607 – bright white, #1606 – off white, #1613 – very white. Any other colors must be submitted for approval prior to bringing the artwork to the show. e. Fabric texture mats are not allowed. f. Additional approved mats are listed on the AWA website. B. COVERING: All paintings must be covered with Plexiglas unless the prospectus specifically allows glass. This is for safety and liability purposes and is usually required in places where shows are hung. Sprayed finishes on paintings may not be used and they do not replace the need for Plexiglas.

C. BACKING: Backing must be foam core or museum board. Archival foam core is preferred. It is recommended that backing be covered by craft paper. On the backing or craft paper, include the name of the artist, the name of the work and the price, and the artist’s phone number. D. SUSPENSION: Paintings must include a firmly attached heavy duty hanging wire attached so the high point of the stretched wire is 3” below the top of the frame. This is very important in helping those who hang the show.



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