51st Annual River Road Show Prospectus

A National Juried Exhibition

August 3 – September 30, 2021

The River Road Show, sponsored by the Art Guild of Louisiana, is currently celebrating its 51st 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 3-17
DEADLINE for receipt of shipped artwork
August 2
Hand-delivered artwork, 11 am – 1 pm
August 3
Exhibition opens
August 21-23
Soon Y Warren workshop
Awards Ceremony, 5 -7 pm
September 30
Exhibition closes
October 4
Pick-up of hand-delivered artwork, 11 am – 1 pm

Juror of Selection & Awards

Soon Y Warren, NWS, AWS

The Art Guild of Louisiana is privileged to welcome Soon Y Warren, NWS, AWS as the juror and judge of this year’s River Road Show. Soon Y. Warren is a full-time artist and teacher. She has an Associate degree in commercial art from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Soon Y. is a signature member of; National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Southern Watercolor Artist, Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush, Honor Society of Watercolor USA, Rocky Mountain Watermedia and Society of Watercolor Artists, and she has received many awards for her work.
Soon has authored two watercolor painting technique books; “Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor” and “Painting Vibrant Watercolor: Discover the Magic of Light, Color and Contrast”. She has also produced several instructional videos and has been featured in articles in Artist’s Magazine, Strokes of Genius, Watercolor Artist magazine, and several of the Splash book series.
Soon conducts workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.
To view Soon’s work, visit her website at www.soonwarren.com.


Entry Deadline – May 13, 2021

Download this Prospectus

Your work may be returned or exempted from judging/awards if these criteria are not met, at the discretion of the RRS committee.


  • 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 12, 2018), 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 Claudia LeJeune, 225-292-2004 or rrs@artguildlouisiana.org
Size & Framing
  • The maximum framed size of artwork or unframed canvas is 48″ x 48″.
  • 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.
  • 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″.
  • 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.
Image Submission
  • Images must be JPEG format with at least 1200 pixels on the longest side.
  • Images must represent the painting exactly.
  • JPEG’s must include the artwork only … no mat, frame or surrounding background should be visible in the image submitted.
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.
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 3 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 Monday, August 2, 11am – 1pm, at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA
Return of Accepted Artwork
  • 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 Monday, October 4, 11am – 1pm.
Each exhibiting artist will receive one free color catalog. Additional catalogs may be pre-ordered prior to October 1, 2021 for $10 each. Catalogs are available in either downloadable digital or hardcopy printed format; digital $5; printed $10. Order here: www.artguildlouisiana.org/river-road-show-catalog-order-form.
Artist’s Responsibility
  • Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work, withdraw the work once accepted, or remove it prior to October 4 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.
Notification of the juror’s selection will be emailed to entrants and posted on this website by June 18.
Claudia LeJeune at 225-292-2004 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
  • Receive email confirmation

Entry deadline has passed.


Entry deadline has passed.


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