PaperWorkers Local



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

Nicolson's work addresses the importance of water in her own Native American culture, and her concerns about industrial encroachment.

This is a themed show focusing on the water of Alabama which can include rivers and streams, the Gulf, a rainy day, or a mud puddle.  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. A purpose is to celebrate the abundance and variety of water in Alabama and that the celebrations will lead to a desire to protect our water.

The competition is open to all artists. All two-dimensional works on paper will be considered. Both representational and abstract work is welcome, being inspired by water does not require being representational. Work on paper includes but is not limited to drawing, photography, and printmaking. Maximum size of finished framed work is 48x48 inches. 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

Images to be uploaded must be 150 dpi with 1000-2000 pixels on the longest side and the images must be labeled with the artist's name and the title of the work.



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 under glass or plexi 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. Maximum size of finished framed work is 48x48 inches.

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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