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Mid-Southern Watercolorists:

47th Annual Juried Exhibition

February 10, 2017 – April 16, 2017

Organized by the Mid-Southern Watercolorists

The beautiful visions of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists return to the Arts Center as spring returns. This exhibition marks the third year of a three-year relationship between this outstanding regional arts organization and the Arkansas Arts Center.

In 2020 the Mid-Southern Watercolorists will celebrate fifty years of creations from the hearts and imaginations of watercolor painters of the mid-south. Their works are widely exhibited in regional and national venues and treasured in individual collections. Each year their finest offerings are brought together in this juried exhibition.

Carrie Waller, Afternoon Tea, watercolor, courtesy of the artist and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists
Now in its 47th year, the Annual Juried Exhibition received 137 entries from 72 artists. The guest juror of this year’s exhibition is American impressionist, Michael Holter. Mr. Holter is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Society of Watercolor artists. His highly recognized work has received numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries.

MSW President, George Wittenberg, says, “The annual exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center is Mid-Southern Watercolor’s premier event. It continues to elevate watercolor as a painting medium, which is a goal of the organization. The MSW membership and painters from all over the world enter their paintings in hopes the judge will select theirs for many reasons, not the least of which is so it can hang on the wall of the Arkansas Arts Center. Many MSW members’ paintings have been selected by the Arkansas Art Center’s Foundation for their collection. It is an honor!”

The Mid-Southern Watercolorists is an organization of about 200 artists from more than ten mid-southern states. The group is one of the largest and most active art societies headquartered in Arkansas. Members’ works have been exhibited in prestigious local, regional, national, and international venues, including: the National Watercolor Society (California); the American Watercolor Society (New York); the National Military Spouse Exhibition; Watercolor USA (Missouri); the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society; the Rocky Mounted National Watermedia exhibition; the Louisiana Watercolor Society; the Southern Watercolor Society; and the San Diego Watercolor Society.

The MSW holds its meetings on the third Wednesday of each month in the Lecture Hall at the Arkansas Arts Center and organizes workshops with locally and nationally recognized watercolors.

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