24th National Watermedia Exhibition

4th Floor Gallery
(June 19 to August 5)

In a partnership with the Red River Watercolor Society, we will be hosting the 24th Annual National Watermedia Exhibition, a gorgeous survey of the full scope and possibility of watercolors by some of the most prolific and talented watercolor artists of today. The featured artists come from both our local community and the U.S. at large and, as current RRWS Chair Debra Griffey notes, they were certain to adhere to the original vision of this exhibition, first articulated almost 25 years ago, to provide “a diverse selection of watercolor and related opportunities for its members … building a world-class community through education … and exhibitions.”

The show was juried by Andy Evanson, a talented artist in his own right and both the former president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and the current president of the Plein Air Painters of America, and he’s spoken about his process for the show:

I am so honored to serve as juror for the Red River Watercolor Society’s 24th National Watermedia Exhibition.  To be tasked with choosing a show out of hundreds of wonderful entries was challenging, but I believe I selected work that truly represents the breadth of water media.  It never ceases to amaze me, the creativity of so many out there.  I really wanted to put together an exhibition that not only showcases the obvious talent of the artists, but would stimulate the public’s perception of water media in general.  The strong work, with its variety of approaches and range of subject matter, will hopefully entice people to spend more time viewing the exhibit and challenge some of the misconceptions about watercolor.  Whether it’s transparent watercolor, acrylic, gouache or batik, there are many opportunities for artists to create and show the world their vision.  My thanks to the Red River Watercolor Society, and all the gifted artists who made my job incredibly difficult.

An opening reception, including awards and a presentation from Evansen, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, from 5:30PM to 8:00PM at the Hjemkomst Center. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Red River Watercolor Society’s website.

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This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.