5 Must-See Exhibitions in June

A final reminder to catch these watercolor exhibitions before they come down for good.

Best in Show: “Rowena and Pretty Baby” by Dean Mitchell

Top-notch watercolor artists put their best work forward in this year’s Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition. On display through June 22, 2018, at the ArtCenter Manatee in Bradenton, Florida, the show was juried by John Salminen.



Skyledge Award: “Mother – Hongkong” (transparent watercolor, 40 x 30 in.) by Xiaochang Zhang

The Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) is dedicated to advancing the stature of and fostering appreciation of transparent watercolor. John Salminen and Soon Y. Warren served as jurors for the TWSA 42nd Annual Exhibition, on view through August 5, 2018, at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin.



Award Of Excellence: “Pears and Plums” by Chris Krupinski

Established in 1939 to promote and inspire watercolor artists, the Watercolor Society of Alabama celebrates its 77th Annual National Exhibition this year. Juried by watercolor painting heavy-hitters Carol Carter and Barbara Nechis, the show is on display through July 29, 2018, at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on the campus of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.



Dean Mitchell, “Trailer Park Scatter,” watercolor, 22 x 30 in.

Through June 9, 2018, the Ethnic Art Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, will be host to a new exhibition of Dean Mitchell’s watercolor paintings. In haunting rural and urban scenes, the artist tackles themes of isolation and poverty in the modern world.



“Caribbean Showers” (watercolor, 33 x 42 in.) by Charles Rouse

Texas Watercolor Society’s 69th Annual National Exhibition runs through June 28, 2018, at the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, Texas. This year’s juror Laurie Goldstein-Warren chose award winners from 41 exhibiting artists.

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