Exhibition Dates:

May 20-June 29, 2018
Bill L. Harbert Gallery and Gallery C

The Watercolor Society of Alabama was organized in 1939 and has been a continuing and vibrant influence in advancing the art of watercolor painting and in contributing to the enrichment of the cultural environment of the citizens of the State of Alabama. Each year the Society sponsors a national juried exhibition and competition, the location of which changes within the state in order to give Alabama residents an opportunity to view the exhibition in their locality. Most recently, the national exhibitions have been held at the Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall Museum in Talladega; Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy; Littlehouse Galleries, Homewood; Tennessee Valley Art Association, Tuscumbia; Hartselle Fine Arts Center, Hartselle; Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur; Fairhope Arts Center, Fairhope; and Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur.

The Society has had a significant impact on the arts within the state by encouraging and fostering support of artists working in the field of watercolor. The Society is one of the oldest major watercolor organizations in the nation.

About the juror of selection

Juror of selection Carol Carter is a longtime resident of St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned a aster of Fine Arts degree from Washington University. Long admired in the St. Louis area, she earned national recognition in 2002 when her work was featured on the cover of New American Paintings magazine. She stepped onto the international arts stage in 2002 with a solo exhibition in Guayaquil, Ecuador, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. She has had solo exhibitions in Norway, France, and USVI. She was AIRE fellow-Everglades National Park in 2010. Crate & Barrel and Verizon Wireless recently added her to their collections.

About the awards judge

Awards judge Barbara Nechis is an artist who has developed a style known for its masterful balance of spontaneity and control of the watercolor brush. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Fine Arts from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science from Alfred University. She was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has served as a juror and director of the American Watercolor Society and is the author of Watercolor From the Heart (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1993) and Watercolor the Creative Experience (North Light Books, 1979). Her work appears in many publications and collections, among them the Butler Institute of American Art, IBM, and Citicorp.

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