PaperWorkers Local



PaperWorkers Local’s second annual juried exhibition ‘Water of Alabama,’ a juried response to Marianne Nicolson’s Birmingham Museum of Art exhibition ‘Waterline.’

Marianne Nicolson is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada’enuxw First Nations descent and believes that Indigenous worldviews, including the notion of community connection to one another and to the land, can benefit all peoples. The varied people of Alabama have deep ties to the water and land of Alabama and it is our hope that those ties and appreciation of water will provide inspiration for submissions to this show.

The competition is open to all artists. All two-dimensional works on paper will be considered. Accepted works must be delivered and retrieved in person.



First Prize: $300 plus a solo show at Paperworkers Local in 2019.

Second Prize: $150

Third Prize: $75



Graham C. Boettcher, PhD, the R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art




$25 for 3 images



Water of Alabama: A Response to ‘Waterline’ is sponsored by Paperworkers Local, a 501(c)(3) non-profit artists’ co-operative based around a printmaking facility in Birmingham, Alabama, in partnership with the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Cahaba River Society, and with generous grant support from the Alabama Council on the Arts (

The members of PaperWorkers Local have pooled their resources to establish Birmingham’s first printmaking studio. The co-operative also exhibits the work of local artists and emerging artist from around the country, as well as offering workshops in various media. More information can be found at or visit us at 2717 Seventh Avenue South, Suite 203 Birmingham, Al 35233.




PaperWorkers Local  at 2717 Seventh Avenue South, suite 203 Birmingham, AL 35233


Important Dates:

Deadline for Entry submission            June 30, 2018

Notification of Acceptance                July 30, 2018

Delivery of Work                    August 18 from 11-4pm & 8/19 from 5-7

Exhibition Opening and Award Presentation    August 23, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibition Dates                    August 23 – October 11, 2018

Pick Up Work                    Oct. 13 from 11-4pm & 10/14 from 5-7



Works must be delivered to and picked up from in person from the exhibition space (PaperWorkers Local at 2717 Seventh Ave South, Suite 203 Birmingham, AL 35233).

Works will not be shipped back. Works not received by the deadline will not be exhibited. Paperworkers Local is not responsible for unclaimed work.

Prices for any work offered for sale or Not For Sale (N.F.S.) must be indicated on the Entry form and on the back of the work.  There will be a 20% commission on the sale of any work payable to PaperWorkers Local, the non-profit sponsor.    

Works must be framed and be ready to hang with D-rings or wire (no sawtooth hangers). All work must remain in the exhibition for the entire duration. All work must be clearly labeled on the back.

Works will not be insured, all reasonable care will be taken.  The Cahaba River Society, The Birmingham Museum of Art, and Paperworkers Local accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to artworks.

Images of any accepted work may be used for promotional purposes or documentation of this and future juried exhibitions.     



If you have questions, please send an email to, with the subject line: Water of Alabama.


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