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Posted on: April 4, 2018

National Art Publisher Selects Watercolor USA 2018

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Springfield, MO. (April 4, 2018) – The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce that Watercolor USA 2018 will feature 82 works from 81 artists working in aqueous media, representing 31 states. Last year’s exhibition, featuring 85 works, was the largest in recent memory, meaning that recent jurors have committed to giving audiences what they want: watercolor - and more of it.

The 57th exhibition of Watercolor USA was juried by Kelly Kane, Editor-In-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and a leader in the art publishing world for more than 20 years, including a 13-year run as Editor-In-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine. Kane’s selections are characterized by an abundance of traditional transparent watercolor and works featuring hyper, or photorealism; however, abstract works, portraiture, and even some unusual mounts are also included.

Two hundred and sixty-four artists from 45 states entered 464 works for consideration. Kane had the enviable task of narrowing those entries down into a sampling of the very best in contemporary American watermedia. Unique among the many juried watercolor exhibitions across the country, Watercolor USA is exhibited in a museum setting and the Springfield Art Museum frequently acquires and continues to exhibit work from the show.

A number of cash prizes, merchandise, and possible purchase awards from both the Museum and the Watercolor USA Honor Society totaling approximately $20,000 will be announced prior to the opening reception on June 1 at 5:30 PM. This reception has a long history of generous support from the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates.

Fans of the medium will recognize many of the featured artists including: Denny Bond, Z.L. Feng, Chris Krupinski, Lynne Railsback, and John Salminen, among many others. See Watercolor USA from June 2 through August 26, 2018 at the Springfield Art Museum located at 1111 East Brookside Drive in Springfield, Missouri. Admission is always free. Donations are gratefully accepted.


 The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit

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