Today's Water, Tomorrow's Future:
2021 Juried Fine Art Online Auction
The Project WET Foundation envisions a world in which action-oriented education enables everyone to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Our mission to advance water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions has led us to educate millions of people worldwide. We maintain a global network of over 95 partner organizations and work with corporate partners like Ecolab and Levi Strauss & Co. Today, water challenges threaten our very way of life and can only be addressed when people have a basic understanding of water. Water awareness and education is the first step.
April is Water Awareness Month in Arizona, an opportunity to celebrate our vital water resources. Earth Day celebrations throughout the month of April also remind us of the need to care for our planet. These efforts heighten our awareness of how valuable water resources are locally, nationally and around the world. Water, our most precious resource, is essential for life to exist anywhere.
We invite you to join us in a celebration of art inspired by water.
Accepting all mediums of 2D and 3D original fine art with a minimum value of $150 with a water theme or component. Water can be interpreted by color (minimum 55% blue), shape, water cycle elements (rain, snow, clouds, etc.), cultural or historical uses of water (wells, windmills, etc.) . . . think broadly!
- You may submit up to 4 pieces of work for a total application fee of $20.
- Artists will receive 70% of proceeds minus credit card processing fees (typically ~3%)
- Project WET Foundation will receive 25%
- Online auction site will receive 5%
- Currency will be US dollars
- Artwork will be reviewed by 3 jurors
Call for Art: Opens Tuesday March 2nd
Submission Deadline: Tuesday April 6th @ 5 PM (PDT)
Auction opens: Monday April 19th @ 8 AM (PDT)
Auction closes: Wednesday, April 28th @ 8 PM (PDT)
- Think Water
- Photograph your submissions
- Fill out online Art Submission Form and Artist Agreement
- Complete payment online
- Start creating work and developing your marketing/promotion plan
- Ask questions through: watertodayartauction [at] gmail.com
- Wait to be notified of your acceptance
By completing these online forms, you are agreeing to exhibit your work and promote through your own websites and social media outlets. You agree that your work is for sale at the price you stated. You agree to retain ownership of art during auction and agree to negotiate shipping costs with buyers and ship your work in a safe and timely manner.
- 2D art should be framed (originals, prints, giclees) and identified as an artist original, giclee or reprint in a numbered series
- Minimum retail value of $150, no maximum value
- You must apply online and submission of your information online (artist agreement, photos, and payment) are your Agreement to participate in this effort which includes care of the artwork before, during and after the auction, including having sold artwork properly packaged for shipping and your agreement to negotiate and collect shipping costs from the BUYER.
- Read all instructions carefully to understand what is required of you as ARTIST and to ensure that you understand the process outlined in the submission form and supporting documents. If in doubt, please ask! Questions can be sent to: watertodayartauction [at] gmail.com
- You must agree to sell your work online and grant permission for your images to be used in promotional efforts.
- Let's promote you! Provide your selling platform URL, website, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
- You will need a Paypal account to be paid after auction completes.
You must submit quality photos of your artwork without other items in the background unless you are submitting 3D artwork and are including view of a stand or pedestal. Select the best image you have for submittal without being oversized.
- JPG format and 72 dpi less than 2MB
- Your title and description of what you created in the photo
- File name must be labeled with artist last name and title of artwork
Waiver and Assumption of Risk
The ARTIST waives any and all liability or claims specifically arising as a result of participation in this auction. The liability for any personal injury or damage to or loss of the ARTIST’s work shall be the responsibility of the ARTIST. Your submittal is a contractual agreement in that you plan to participate and fulfill all ARTIST obligations (including promotion and marketing).
Member: Sonoran Arts League
Arizona Statewide Water Conservation Manager 2005-2009
Water Resources Consultant, Metal/mixed media artist, 2011 to present
M.S., 1985 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Marjie Risk is an Arizona water professional and metal/mixed media artist. She created Same Moon Creations as a means to showcase and sell her artwork. She has 25 years experience in the water industry and served 2-3 year terms on the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Conservation Division Board of Trustees and as the liaison from the Board to the AWWA Standards Council. She was the original chair for the AWWA committee that developed the G480 Management Series Standard for Conservation. She worked in various capacities for the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) from 1987 until 2009. She served as the ADWR representative to then-Governor Janet Napolitano’s Drought Task Force, developed a Statewide Water Conservation Strategy and managed the State’s Water Conservation Office.
Marjie Risk exhibits her artwork at On the Edge Gallery in Scottsdale and at Harlow Gardens in Tucson, AZ.
Ruth A. Valencia
Biologist, Metalsmith/Jewelry Artist
B.Sc., Biology/Natural Resource Management, Allegheny College, PA
M.S., Environmental Policy & Management, SUNY Buffalo, NY
Ruth Valencia manages the Biological & Cultural Resource Services Department at Salt River Project where she oversees a staff responsible for compliance with wildlife, endangered species and cultural resource laws. She worked on the development and implementation of SRP’s Habitat Conservation Plans and has worked on a variety of issues related to riparian restoration, endangered species and ecosystem management. Prior to joining SRP, she worked for the Arizona Water Protection Fund, the Arizona Game & Fish Department and as a consultant on watershed and riparian restoration and management projects across Arizona. Her artwork is inspired by the natural world and focuses on showcasing the amazing array of semi-precious stones that emanate from the earth.
Employee at Project WET Foundation
B.A., Sociology, Saint Mary's College of California
Solina Beringer is an organizational assistant at the Project WET Foundation, where she provides marketing, graphic design and development support to the organization. Before coming to Project WET, she worked with the sustainability department at her college and conducted research on grassroots movements and environmental justice issues. She is beyond excited to represent Project WET in its first art auction!