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American Watercolor Society 153rd Annual Exhibition

Arts & Cultural, Museum

American Watercolor Society 153rd Annual Exhibition includes 40 paintings, with styles ranging from hyperrealistic to abstract, by artists from around the globe.

Founded in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America, the American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. As such, election into the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. Society membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting and includes realist painter Andrew Wyeth, American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, and virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, among others.

Each year the Society holds its Annual International Exhibition, a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists around the world. More than 1,100 artists from the U.S. and 32 foreign countries submit their work. This year, 143 paintings were selected for the annual exhibition and 40 paintings were selected to travel on a cross-country tour of six museums and galleries, which culminates at Piedmont Arts.

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