156th American Watercolor Society International Traveling Exhibition
January 30-March 8, 2024
Opening Reception: February 1, 5:00-7:00
ArtCenter Manatee is honored to present the 156th International Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society Exhibition featuring the work of 40 pre-eminent water media artists from around the world. Experience the world-class talent and enjoy this jewel in downtown Bradenton. $5 admission. ArtCenter Manatee is one of only three venues in the country to host this exhibit and the only in Florida.
Also on display will be the Annual Aqueous Show by Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS). The Opening Reception for both exhibits is free and open to the public. MFS 9-5, TWTh 9-6. Closed Sunday.
The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Indeed, election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. AWS Membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting throughout the Society’s history and includes (to name drop a few) the American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, plus virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.
AWS’s annual Exhibition is one of the most revered watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and 27 foreign countries submit their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions, 150 paintings are selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition.
While inclusion in this exhibition is itself an honor, participants also compete for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals of Honor, and other awards and medals.