54th Annual River Road Show Entry Requirements

A National Juried Exhibition

August 3 – September 26, 2024

The River Road Show, sponsored by the Art Guild of Louisiana, is currently celebrating its 54th year. It is an annual national juried exhibition. The primary purpose of this exhibition is to showcase artists’ work from across the country.


  • May 13
    Entry DEADLINE, midnight online or postmark
  • June 18
    Accepted entries posted online
  • July 1-17
    DEADLINE for receipt of shipped artwork
  • August 1
    Hand delivered artwork, 11:00 – 1:00
  • August 3
    Exhibition opens
  • August 16-18
    Keiko Tanabe workshop
  • August 29
    Reception/Awards ceremony, 5:00 – 7:00
  • September 26
    Exhibition closes
  • September 27
    Shipped artwork returned,
    Pick-up of hand delivered artwork, 11:00-1:00

Juror/Judge of Selection & Awards


Mostly self-taught, Keiko began her professional art career in 2005, and in the same year discovered the joy of plein air painting while taking a workshop with Alvaro Castagnet. Since then, her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Her work is in many private and corporate collections around the world.

Since 2011, Keiko has successfully completed hundreds of workshops and live demonstrations around the world. She has four DVD’s, nine self-published books, and her work has been featured in numerous recognized art magazines. She is a sought-after instructor and exhibition juror and has judged major exhibits such as Watercolor USA Honor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Splash 22, International Watercolour Masters, and many, many more.

Keiko has many other recognitions and important roles in the world of watercolor art and we are honored to welcome her as the judge and juror for the 54th River Road Show. Visit Keiko’s website: www.ktanabefineart.com.

In conjunction with the River Road Show, the Art Guild of Louisiana will be hosting a 3-day workshop by Keiko on August 16-18 in Baton Rouge. Get the details at www.artguildlouisiana.org/workshops.

Entry Deadline – May 13, 2024

Your work may be returned or exempted from judging/awards if these criteria are not met.


  • This competition is open to all United States artists 18 years or older.
  • Limited to 2-dimensional artwork (artwork with 3-dimensional objects adhered to the surface do not qualify), created within the last three years (created after May 2021), and not previously exhibited in the River Road Show.
  • Artwork must be original in design and execution.
  • Work may not be created in a workshop or under supervision.
  • Photography, digitally created or enhanced works, sculpture, giclées, and reproductions are not acceptable.
  • Work deemed inappropriate for public viewing by all ages, i.e. nudity or violence, will not be accepted.
  • Not sure if your work is eligible? Call or email us! Direct questions to Leah Schwartzman, 225-205-0522 or rrs@artguildlouisiana.org

Entry Fee (non-refundable)

  • $40 for up to three entries and $5 for each additional entry up to ten.
  • AGL members: $40 for the first four entries and $5 for each additional entry up to ten.
  • Once entry is completed, no changes can be made to price, title, or dimensions.


First Place: $1200
Second Place: $800
Third Place: $600

  • Additional Merit, Honorable Mention, and Merchandise Awards
  • Total awards valued at $4,000+


  • Exhibited artwork must be labeled with the selling price or NFS designation.
  • No commission is charged on sales.
  • Works sold will be available for pickup at the end of the exhibition.


Each exhibiting artist will receive one free 2024 printed color catalog. Additional catalogs may be pre-purchased prior to October 1, 2024. Catalogs are available in either downloadable digital or hardcopy printed format; digital $5; printed $10. Order at www.artguildlouisiana.org/river-road-show-catalog-order-form.


Notification of the juror’s selection will be emailed to entrants and posted on this website by June 18.

Size and Framing

  • The maximum framed size of artwork or unframed canvas is 40″ x 40″ (including the frame).
  • The minimum unframed size is 8″ x 10″.
  • All works must be framed unless painted on minimum 1½ inch gallery-wrapped canvas. The sides of unframed gallery-wrapped canvases must be painted.
  • Works with a protective layer must use Plexiglas. No glass allowed (except for pastel works).
  • Pastel entries only: We recommend that pastels entries be under Plexiglass. However, pastel entries under glass will also be accepted at the risk of the artist. Neither AGL nor the Louisiana State Archives is responsible for breakage or replacement if framed under glass. Pastel artists who ship using glass must cover it with a glass protection product that holds the glass together in case of breakage in transit. (available from the Airfloat Systems – airfloatsystems.com and Masterpak – masterpak-usa.com) The maximum acceptable size of pastel work under glass is 24″ in any direction including the frame.
  • Works must arrive READY TO HANG – Screw eyes/D-rings and wire are required and should be properly attached to all artwork. No saw-tooth hangers.
  • Mats must be white or a light neutral tint. No liners or fillets allowed.
  • Frames must be simple, plain, non-ornate, and no wider than 3″. (3.5″ is not 3″)
  • The artist’s name and title of work must be clearly identified on the back of the painting.
  • Noncompliance with any of the above will void the entry and the work may be returned or exempted from judging/awards.

Delivery of Accepted Artwork

  • Shipping charges, both directions, are to be paid by the artist in advance.
  • Artwork must be shipped in a sturdy, reusable carton. Wood crates will not be accepted.
  • Accepted works should arrive between July 1 and July 17.
  • A non-refundable handling fee of $35 is assessed on each shipped carton.
  • More detailed instructions will be sent to the accepted artists.
  • Hand delivered works will be received only on Thursday, August 1, 11am – 1pm, at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA.

Return of Accepted Work

  • Shipped work will be returned in the original container using the prepaid shipping label furnished by the artist.
  • Hand delivered work should be picked up only on Friday, September 27, 11am – 1pm.

Artist’s Responsibility

  • Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work, withdraw the work once accepted, or remove it prior to September 27 at 11:00 am.
  • Artists who do not deliver an artwork selected by the judge will be disqualified from participation for 2 years.
  • The River Road Show Committee reserves the right to reject any work deemed inappropriate or not conforming to the stated exhibition requirements.
  • The artist gives AGL permission to photograph and/or reproduce the submission(s) for exhibition promotional purposes.


Although the utmost care will be taken in handling artwork, the Art Guild of Louisiana or any of its members, the Louisiana State Archives or its employees will not be liable for loss or damage to any work of art submitted to this exhibition. Insurance, if desired for shipping, exhibition or any other reason, is the responsibility of the individual artist.

Image Submission

  • Images must be JPEG format with at least 1200 pixels on the longest side.
  • Images must represent the painting exactly.
  • JPEGs must include the artwork only … NO mat, frame, or surrounding background should be visible in the images submitted.


Leah Schwartzman at 225-205-0522 or rrs@artguildlouisiana.org

Two Ways to Enter


  • Submit entry form via website
  • Upload images via website
  • Pay fee via PayPal or credit/debit card

The Deadline to enter has passed.


The Deadline to enter has passed.