Watercolor in the USA

Watercolor USA, a national, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting, celebrates its 60th exhibition this summer. The event is open to artists from all 50 states and US territories and judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum. This year’s exhibition was judged by Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum. Approximately $20,000 in cash awards were up for grabs, with top awards at $3,000, $2,000, and $1,500 cash. Additional cash awards were provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

Kenneth M. Shuck Memorial $3,000 Cash Award: “Hidden” (watercolor on paper, 50 x 74 in.) by Stephen Zhang
Greg G. Thielen Memorial $2,000 Cash Award: “Distortio Obscura” (watercolor on paper, 30 x 40 in.) by Andrew Kish III
Bill Armstrong Memorial $1,500 Cash Award: “Mockingbird” (gouache, soot, ink, colored pencil, glue on paper, 33 x 27 in.) by Sheli Petersen
Robert E. Goodier Memorial $1,000 Cash Award: “Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang” (watercolor on paper, 31 x 43 in.) by Jackie Dorsey
Exhibit Details

June 5, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Weisel and Kelly Galleries
Springfield Art Museum
Springfield, MO

Exhibit History

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

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