Watercolor USA 2018

Exhibit Details

June 2 - August 26, 2018
Opening Reception: June 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Weisel and Kelly Galleries

This is 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 and possible purchase by the Museum. This year's exhibition is judged by Kelly Kane, a leader in art publishing for more than 20 years, the last 13 as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine. She also served formerly as Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist and Pastel Journal. Approximately $20,000 in cash awards are available; top awards are $3,000, $2,000, and $1,500 cash. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA 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

Chamber Music Concert: Watercolor USA
Sunday, June 3, 3:00 PM
Courtyard Gallery
Join St. Mark's Square string quartet as they present a colorful afternoon of music to celebrate spring. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Fantastic Friday: Watercolor USA (with the Springfield-Greene County Library District)
Friday, June 29, 10:00 AM to Noon
Lobby, Community Room, Classrooms, and Galleries

Artist Talk: John Fitzgibbon
Thursday, July 26, 5:30 PM
Weisel & Kelly Galleries

Artist Talk: Alicia Farris
Thursday, August 16, 5:30 PM
Weisel & Kelly Galleries

Watercolor USA Honor Society Logo in blue

Support for Watercolor USA is provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society and the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates.

SMMA Logo Color


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VIEW THE LIST of accepted artists/works for this year's exhibition with FAQs. 

Opening reception sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates.