Making Their Mark: Winners Announced

Updated to indicate prizewinners.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Making Their Mark: American Women Artists” will now be a virtual show. The show will run from May 27 through August 23, 2020. This digital exhibition will feature 113 paintings and sculptures by members of American Women Artists (AWA). This is the fifth show in AWA’s “25 in 25” campaign to have 25 museum shows for its women artist members over the next 25 years. The watermedia paintings in the show include the works below.

Members of Women Artist Masters Take Three Prizes

Three of the watercolor artists who won awards were members of the Women Artists Masters, a group of five artists who have been meeting online once a month for five years. They formed the group in the spirit of friendship, to support each other in business and in life. They are Helen K. Beacham, Marie Bennett Hock, Debra Keirce, Kim Minichiello, and Carrie Waller. Helen, Kim, and Carrie are watercolor painters. Maria and Debra work in oils or acrylics.

Carrie Waller received the Grand Prize, $10,000 Cash Award for her painting Abundance. Helen K. Beacham received the Kathleen J. Smith Humanity in Art Award, for her painting, Briskly and with Purpose, and Kim Minichiello won the Southwest Art Magazine Award for her painting, A Different Perspective.

“We were all thrilled to be juried into this prestigious show. It was all the more special the three watercolor artists in the group won awards competing with an incredible array of art in various mediums including sculpture,” says artist Kim Minichiello. Out of 1,514 entries, 113 were chosen to be in the show. Three prominent art professionals from the Atlanta area juried the show for awards. Twenty five awards were given and four watercolor works were chosen to receive awards.”

KATHLEEN J SMITH HUMANITY IN ART AWARD – $1,500 Cash Award “Briskly and with Purpose,” Helen K. Beacham, watercolor, 22 x 22 (Summerville, SC)
“Glass Bottom Boat,” Nancy Nowak, watercolor and pastel, 11 x 14 (Suwanee, GA)
“Rev’d Up,” Jan Guarino, watercolor, 11 x 15 (East Northport, NY)
“Australia,” Carol Carter, Wwatercolor, 22 x 15 (St. Louis, MO)
FINE ART CONNOISSEUR MAGAZINE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE “Caramel Apples,” Chris Krupinski, Transparent Watercolor, 30 x 22 (Maineville, OH)
“Writing on the Wall,” Sandy Delehanty, watercolor, 24 x 18 (Penryn, CA)
SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE “A Different Perspective,” Kim Minichiello, watercolor, 20 x 20 (Windermere, FL)
“Catch Me If You Can,” Linda Loeschen, watermedia, 24 x 36 (Basalt, CO)
“Allure of Kimono,” Carla O’Connor, watermedia, 30 x 22 (Olalla, WA)
“Up and Over,” Melinda Brewer, watercolor, 10.5 x 18 (Quebec, Canada)
“Jazz is Jazz,” Alisa Shea, watercolor, 22 x 20 (Northport, NY)
“A Sun Loving Monster,” Rachelle Siegrist, watercolor, 3.5 x 3.5 (Townsend, TN)
GRAND PRIZE WINNER – $10,000 Cash Award “Abundance,” Carrie Waller, watercolor, 24 x 28 (Ashburn, VA)

From the organizers:
Both AWA and the Booth Museum are very excited to present this exhibition. The caliber of work included in this show is incredible and we are pleased to share it with the public.

The Booth Museum hosted an AWA exhibition in 2014 and acquired numerous works from the show for their permanent collection, including paintings by Krystii Melaine (WA) and Nancy Boren (TX). Museum acquisitions of works by women artists is an important part of AWA’s 25 in 25 mission to address the lack of women artists in museum collections; estimated to be as low as 3 to 5 percent.

The Booth Museum and AWA will host a number of virtual events throughout the run of the show.

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