Celebrate Watercolor Paintings at Sesquicentennial Exhibition

Celebrate Watercolor Paintings at Sesquicentennial Exhibition

AWS Gold Medal of Honor recipient "Insomniacs Dream Boats" by Cathy Hegman, AWS (Courtesy American Watercolor Society)

The American Watercolor Society (AWS) began in 1866 to promote watercolor painting in the U.S.

A nonprofit membership organization, the AWS has expanded from a small group of 11 artists to what it is today—a collection of hundreds of painters (known as “signature members”) who have an established style and considerable skill in this medium of the visual arts. Any artist who has exhibited works in two previous AWS Annuals may be considered for membership need to contact the Candidates Chair.

This year, the AWS is presenting its 150th Anniversary Exhibition! From April 3 through April 22, this celebration of watercolors will be on view at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The galleries will be open daily from 1-5 pm for guests to view.

The AWS annual exhibition is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world. This year boasted submissions from over 1,200 artists from the U.S. and 27 foreign countries. A panel of AWS jurors selects what works are exhibited, as well as what works will be part of the Traveling Exhibition that will tour galleries and museums around the U.S. for the next year.

The Salmagundi Club, a center for American art since 1871, will be showcasing the AWS 150th Annual Exhibition in its Upper Gallery and is located at 47 Fifth Ave., at 12th St., 212.255.7400

For additional information about the American Watercolor Society, click here.

AWS Bronze Medal of Honor recipient "Era of Grandeur" by Frederick Graff, AWS (Courtesy American Watercolor Society)

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