A Celebration of Pure Transparent Watercolor

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. Here’s a look at their top five award-winners.


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


Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Watercolor Award: “Amigos” (transparent watercolor, 30 x 22 in.) by Frank Webb


Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award: “First Museum Visit” (transparent watercolor, 24 x 19 in.) by Setsuko O’Hara


TWSA Members Award: “Expedition” (transparent watercolor, 30 x 44 in.) by Stephen Zhang


TWSA Director’s Award: “India Street Reflection” (transparent watercolor, 27 x 21 in.) by Robin Erickson


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PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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