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Splash Art Competition: The Best of Watercolor

Closed For Entries

Our Splash art competition is closed for entries, but watercolor artists do not worry! Check out our other watercolor art competition, Watermedia Showcase, for your chance to submit your art!

Prizes and Awards

The First Place Winner will receive a $2,000 cash award

The Second Place Winner will receive a $1,000 cash award

The Third Place Winner will receive a $500 cash award

10 Honorable Mentions will each receive a one-year Artists Network Membership (valued at $99.99)

Winning entries PLUS an additional 85+ finalists will be published in a special edition publication, The Best of Watercolor, from the editors of Artists Magazine.


Meet Awards Juror Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte is an American figurative artist known internationally for her watercolors of contemporary people. Her works are in private, corporate, university, and public collections nationwide, and have been featured in numerous media outlets including CBS Sunday Morning, PBS and NPR. In 2013, Whyte was one of 10 artists worldwide invited to travel to China and exhibit her watercolors at the Nanning Art Museum in Nanning, Guangxi.

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Past Splash Competition Winners

Get Inspired

A special thanks to artist and awards juror for Splash 22 Art Competition Keiko Tanabe.


Check out Splash 21 Winners!

Take inspiration from our Splash 21 competition winners in this special publication, The Best of Watercolor presented by Artists Magazine! Within, you’ll find 124 extraordinary watercolor paintings with insights into the creative process from the winning artists themselves. From figures and portraits to cities and architecture, there are plenty of paintings to love. Celebrate this showcase of talent when your order or download this issue!

Thanks to our competition sponsor Blick Art Materials for being a great supporter of artists and their creative journey!


Explore Additional Inspiration

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