148th Annual International Watercolor Exhibition- American Watercolor Society

American Watercolor Society, poured watercolor

“Walk Down the Street”- 148th Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

Sometimes you need to take a chance.  One of my personal goals as an artist is to submit paintings to the top yearly watercolor shows.  It’s fun to see how your work stacks against the top names in the industry.  It’s  frustrating when you do not get accepted in the show and think-  “I just wasted $xx.xx entering this show.”

Rejections are what help me grow as an artist.  I experience a little bit of anger.  How could the juror not seen the “brilliance” in the piece?  How could they not have “seen” my vision?  Arrggh (in my Jack Sparrow voice).

Most show entries include a catalog of accepted paintings-  including award winners.  I study these catalogs later, trying to think why the juror chose certain paintings- analyzing compositions/colors.

Last week I noticed a lot of posts on facebook by artist friends.  Their work had been accepted in the 148th Annual International Watercolor Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.  The AWS show is the most prestigious watercolor show in the USA- and entire world.  You are allowed to enter one painting a year.   I was entry #4005 or something, and this was several days before entries close.  The show only displays 150 or so paintings- you can estimate my chances…

I hate it when fb friends start posting acceptances about shows I entered: especially if I have not been notified.  This means they were notified of acceptance in the show.   And if  I was not notified of acceptance in the show before they were….

…well, you get that email/letter a little later.  🙁

Usually bad news.

I went to the AWS website and tried to find a list of accepted artists.  No luck.

Then logged in to the AWS system.

I still can not believe it.  My name was on the accepted list (see below):

2015–2016 EXHIBITORS

Anne Abgott, AWS Henrieta Maneva
Jennifer Annesley James Maria
Ali Aryan, AWS* Daniel Marshall
Denise Athanas, AWS Antonio Masi, AWS
Mike Bailey, AWS* Jinnie May
Linda Baker, AWS Mick McAndrews
Ferenc Besze Laurin McCracken, AWS
Glenn Blue James McFarlane, AWS
Manon Boisvert Jeannie McGuire, AWS
Denny Bond, AWS Lynn McLain, AWS
Elaine Bowers Pam McLaughlin
Cindy Brabec-King Carol McSweeney, AWS*
Betty Brown Mark Mehaffey, AWS
Chica Brunsvold, AWS Robert Mesrop
J Henderer Burns Joe Miller, AWS
Dan Burt, AWS Dean Mitchell, AWS
Jim Camann, AWS Jean-Luc Mossion
Sally Cataldo, AWS Robert Nardolillo
Cheng-Khee Chee, AWS Barbara Nechis, AWS
Chung-Wei Chien Bob Noreika, AWS*
Barbara Jeffery Clay, AWS Elaine Nunnally
Kathleen Conover, AWS Robert O’Brien, AWS
Guy Corriero, AWS Carla O’Connor, AWS
Tony Couch Catherine O’Neill, AWS
Elaine Daily-Birnbaum, AWS Thomas Owen, AWS
Don Dalton Kris Parins
Walt Davis, AWS* Monika Pate, AWS*
Pat Dews, AWS Ann Pember, AWS
Frank Eber, AWS Carole Pickle, AWS
Howard Eberle, AWS Carlton Plummer, AWS
Debra Edgerton, AWS Joel Popadics, AWS
L. S. Eldridge, AWS Stephen Quiller, AWS
Robin Erickson, AWS Steve Rogers, AWS
Cindy Evans William Rogers
Andrew Evansen, AWS* Chuck Rouse, AWS*
Cheryl Fausel John Salminen, AWS
Z. L. Feng, AWS Lois Sanders
Francesco Fontana Prafull Sawant
JoAnn Formia Lynn Schilling
Ryan Fox Diane Schmidt, AWS
Frank Francese Ong Kim Seng, AWS
Karen Frey, AWS* F. Charles Sharpe, AWS
Leslie Frontz, AWS Edwin Shuttleworth, AWS
Carol Frye, AWS* David Smith
Louis Gadal, AWS Jerry Smith, AWS
Qian Gao, AWS* Sue St. John, AWS*
Jack Garver, AWS Robert Steinmetz, AWS
Vi Gassman, AWS* Iain Stewart
Jean Gill, AWS Ron Stocke, AWS*
Ken Goldman, AWS* Eileen Sudzina
Frederick Graff, AWS Tan Suz Chiang
Jean Grastorf, AWS Linda Thomas
Lane Hall Susannah Thomer, AWS
Susan Hanssen Gerry Thompson
Kiff Holland, AWS Ron Thurston, AWS
Stephen Holland Zhou Tianya, AWS
William Hook Donald Van Horn, AWS
Xiao Xing Hu William Vrscak, AWS
Hsiao-Hui Huang Myrna Wacknov, AWS
Peter Jablokow Carrie Waller
George James, AWS Frank Webb, AWS
Russell Jewell Susan Weintraub
Kim Johnson, AWS Jennifer Wharton
Marilyn King Stewart White, AWS
Chandler Kissell John Wilkison, AWS*
Mike Kowalski Jarrod Wilson
Christine Krupinski, AWS Vladislav Yeliseyev
Alexis Lavine Choon Seng Yeoh
Law Wai Hin, AWS Sarah Yeoman
Deanne Lemley, AWS Barbara Yoerg
Doug Lew Donna Zagotta, AWS
Steven Lush Steve Zazenski, AWS*


Wow. My painting was accepted.

Though I have had  success with regional and state shows, I never, ever, expected to get into AWS.  Especially the third year I entered.

I would like to thank many of the artists on this list- many whom I have studied under via magazines, books, YouTube, internet, or workshop (thanks Iain and John for instruction in your workshops).   Your teachings on subjects, compositions, and colors helped guide my work.  Though you may not have known it, I am indebted you in many ways and honored to be included with your names in such a prestigious event.



Ryan Fox

    WSNC Signature Member


(919) 645-8345


P.S.- My other two entries were terrible!  No wonder I was rejected.

Keep painting people- your master piece is coming.

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