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2020 Juried Exhibition

The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s
41st Annual International Juried Exhibition

Welcome! from the PWS President

Welcome to the 41st year of the International Juried exhibit by PWS.  Due to the unusual and difficult circumstances this year, we are presenting for the FIRST TIME, a virtual online exhibit.  We all have had to adapt and adjust our way of doing things to present this year’s exhibit to you and have made a dvd of the entire online art gallery available for purchase. 

We had to adjust the location of the June four-day workshop with David Smith who was also our juror of selection.  The workshop was streamed online to over one hundred people.  Next year’s workshop will be “Animal studies in watercolor”  with artist, Kim Johnson-Nechtman ( and is scheduled to be held in Hummelstown, Pa.  Registration is scheduled to open soon so check out the “workshop” tab on the main website page for that to happen.

We were amazed seeing each wonderful artwork that was submitted.  Congratulations to each artist whose outstanding work was accepted and to those who have won an award. Your display of artistic talent,  interest and support of this society is very much appreciated. 

It was a pleasure to work with Jeannine Swartz, coordinator of the International Juried Exhibition.  I appreciate her immeasurable, invaluable contribution and supervision for the intake of this years’ record number of artworks received.  It was a daunting task with over 600 paintings entered this year. Thank you to Eric Miller, who coordinated the awards to make each one more valuable.  

Thank you to all the sponsors of awards, Friends of PWS, board of directors, members, webmaster and all participants that helped make this exhibit a success.  This online art gallery would not have happened without you. I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please refer your friends to see it too!

Best wishes,

Linda R Young, President

New Signature Members for 2020:

  • Keming Chen PWS
  • Gary Embich PWS
  • Dorothy Hoeschen PWS
  • Susan M. Miller PWS
  • Thomas Schroeder PWS
  • Jane L. Wise PWS

In order to earn PWS Signature status an artist must have been accepted into 2 PWS Juried Exhibitions within an 8 year period and been a continuous PWS member during this time.  To maintain Signature status, dues must be kept current each year.

New Sylvan Grouse Guild Member for 2020: 

  • Charles Rouse PWS-sgg 
Sylvan Grouse Guild membership is given to a Signature  artist by a point system from awards earned in the PWS Juried Exhibitions.  An artist must have been a continuous PWS member while earning these points.  To maintain Sylvan Grouse Guild status, dues must be kept current each year. 

Award Winners

  • First Place Cash Award of $1750 - Alisa Shea
  • Second Place Cash Award of $1250 - Stephan Zhang
  • Third Place Cash Award of $1000 - Jackie Dorsey
  • Fourth Place Cash Award of $800 - Ken Call
  • PWS President’s Award Cash Award of $600 - Tim Swartz
  • The Ron Schloyer Outstanding Watercolor Award - Catherine Hillis
  • The Dale Ziegler Watercolor Honorarium - Lisa Arnold Franklin
  • Mildred Sands Kratz Award (for PWS Members Only) – John Salminen
  • Blick Art Materials & M. Graham and Co. Award – Dennis Albetski
  • Jack Richeson & Co., West Charlton Frames & Hahnemühle Award – Charles Rouse
  • Blick Art Materials, PWS, Armadillo Arts and Crafts & Hahnemühle Award – Stacy Lund Levy
  • Blick Art Materials, H.K. Holbein Inc. & Legion Paper, Inc. Award – Chris Krupinski
  • Jack Richeson & Co. & Chroma Inc. Award – Denny Bond
  • Jack Richeson & Co. & H.K. Holbein, Inc. & Hahnemühle Award – John Bayalis
  • Winsor & Newton, Golden Artist Colors, PWS, Silver Brush, Ltd., Legion Paper, Inc. & Hahnemühle Award – Jian Wu
  • PWS Award & merchandise donated by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, H.K. Holbein, Inc. & Legion Paper, Inc. – Chiayee Lam
  • The Sterling Edwards Award for Originality & merchandise donated by Hahnemühle & Legion Paper, Inc – Woon Lam Ng
  • The McAndrews Family Watercolor Award and merchandise donated by Hahnemühle - Albina Herron
  • The Lewis Family Watercolor Award and merchandise donated by Legion Paper, Inc. & Hahnemühle – Jeaninne Swartz
  • The John & Virginia Walker Memorial to our Parents Award and merch. by Legion Paper, Inc. & Hahnemühle – Teresa Cromwell
  • The DeEtta T. Silvestro Watercolor Award and merchandise donated by Golden Artist Colors & Hahnemühle – Jane Stoddard
  • Baltimore Watercolor Society Award – Kathleen Giles
  • Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award – Cheng-Khee Chee
  • National Watercolor Society Award – Zhou TianyaMary Jane Sausser Memorial Award – Eileen Sudzina

Our Jurors

Juror of Selection - David R. Smith

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society for the invitation to juror the exhibition and to instruct a workshop.  I was honored, but it was an arduous job selecting 125 from over 600 submissions.  Watercolor can be a challenging, so I was impressed at the scope and quality of work.  The chosen pieces will provide viewers a great tase of what can be accomplished with the medium. 

Everyone probably realizes the process of selection has some subjectivity.  That another juror would undoubtedly select some different paintings.  And if provided more time to review the entrants, I would have continued to swap one painting for another as there were so many worthy of recognition. 

In regards to criteria, many of the paintings have shown strong composition that perhaps leads the eye in or around the painting, interesting and balanced shapes, harmonious or impactful colors, strategic use of values, etc.  However, as this is a Watercolor Exhibit, a significant criteria was “Does the painting showcase the qualities of watercolor well?”  What makes watercolor so unique and enjoyable (and sometimes challenging) is the medium of water, which helps the artists create the beautiful interminglings of color and unique textures and transparent glazes that are unique to watercolor.

Many of the artists in this exhibit show the qualities unique to watercolor as well as showing great skill in controlling the medium… some to the point of photo-realism. 

However, as the artist Herman Pekel once said, “Artists make the worst judges, as they focus on the technical side vs the emotional side of the painting.”  And added that if Van Gogh would have entered an exhibition, Artists would have never selected his pieces. So, I tried to take this into consideration and not just look at the paintings with a “technical eye”, but also simply view the paintings in terms of whether I felt drawn to the painting; does the painting illicit an emotion, does the piece hold my interest? 

Lastly, I appreciate risk-taking, originality, and/or a thought-provoking painting or a piece that tells a story or brings me into the scene. Again, there were many more worthy submissions than there were spots available.  Thank you for sharing them and congratulations to the selected artists.
David R. Smith

Juror of Awards - Douglas Wiltraut

I would like to thank the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society for inviting me to serve as the Juror of Awards for their 41st Annual International Juried Exhibition.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank David R. Smith for selecting an extremely strong body of work from which to select the awards.  In some shows it seems like there are too many awards to give out but in this case there weren’t enough.  Overall, the show was very strong and while the figure predominated, there were many interesting avenues that the artists explored in which they showed a keen sense of invention and design.  Those paintings which were selected to receive awards combined a strong interpretation of light and shadow coupled with a dynamic composition and overall mastery of the medium.  All of the artists in the show deserve recognition for their efforts and they can be proud to be included in this outstanding exhibition. Awards JurorDouglas Wiltraut

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