Watercolor USA 2017

Exhibit Details

June 3 - August 27, 2017
Opening Reception: June 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Weisel and Kelly Galleries

This will be the 56th 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 judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum. This year's exhibition is judged by Laurin McCracken, President of the Watercolor USA Honor Society. Approximately $20,000 in cash and Museum purchase awards are available; top awards are $3,000, $2,000 and $1,500 cash. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society.

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.

Related Programs

Artist Talks:

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Join Robert Langford, local artist and art educator from Branson, MO, as he discusses his award-winning painting, Saturday Morning.  

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 1 PM
Join Rachel Wood, a local artist from Ozark, MO who is an art educator in the Branson Public School District, as she discusses her award-winning large-scale installation, Realizations of Change.

Artist talks will be held in the Weisel and Kelly Galleries.

Family Day:

Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10 AM to Noon
Community Room and Galleries

Watercolor USA Honor Society Logo in blue

Support for Watercolor USA is provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

SMMA Logo Color

Opening reception sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates.


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Watercolor USA Honor Society Spring 2017 E-Newsletter

WHS Spring 2017 Newsletter Cover