Celebrating Watercolors From Around the World

The Biennial International Prize “Fabriano Watercolour” was established in 2010 by the City of Fabriano, an UNESCO Creative City, and the Paper and Watermark Museum in collaboration with InArte to encourage and spread a love of watercolor painting on handmade paper. Every two years they invite top working watercolor artists from around the globe to compete for this prestigious prize.

Members of the extensive and esteemed jury panel, representing all corners of the globe, each make four nominations (“only choosing those artists that they believe to be of a high international standing and not just because they are friends, fellow countrymen, or members of their own association of artists”). The goal is to select winners from the best examples of watercolor painting as it is currently practiced internationally.

In addition to president Zhou Tianya, the jury for 2018 included Laurin McCracken, George Politis, Konstantin Sterkhov, Valentina Verlato, Thomas W Schaller, Angelo Gorlini, Tejo Van den Broeck, Cristina Bracaloni, David Paskett, David Van Nunen, Gabriele Mazzara, Isabel Moreno Alosete, and Angus McEwan.


First Place: “In Blue Dress” by Atanas Matsoureff, Bulgaria


Second Place winner: Huang Huanzhao, China,


Third Place: “Tangle No. 9” by Xi Guo, China

Honorable mentions: David L Stickel, Alexandr Votsmush, Brian Stratton, Matthew Bird

The United States contingent also included: Chris Krupinski, William G. Hook, Carol Carter, Keiko Tanabe, Antonio Masi, Daniel Marshall, and Tim Saternow.


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