Making a BIG Splash in Springfield

Kathleen Giles, “Queen of Hearts.” Kenneth M. Schuck Memorial Award Winner

Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, Watercolor USA aims to attract the best in contemporary American watermedia and strives to exhibit work by artists who are pushing the boundaries of the medium.

On display through August 26, 2018, at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri, the 57th exhibition of Watercolor USA, a national, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. The event is open to artists from all 50 states and US territories and judged for a variety of prizes, totally approximately $20,000 in cash awards. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

I was honored to serve as juror for this year’s event, and one thing you’ll notice right away about the show if you see it in person is the size of the work. For a watercolor show, the work is large — in some cases, unexpectedly, but delightfully and irresistibly, so.

Here are my picks for this year’s other top awards.

Sydni Reubin, “Two Ones.” Greg G. Thielen Memorial Award Winner


Susan Weintraub, “McDonald Avenue.” Bill Armstrong Memorial Award Winner


Robin Erickson, “Galleria Reflection.” Robert E. Goodier Memorial for Traditional Transparent Watercolor Award Winner

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Kelly Kane
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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