Medal of Honor
Artists selected for the American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibition also compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals of Honor as well as 32 other awards and medals, all adding up to nearly $50,000 in prize money. The top three winners can be seen on the society’s web page at www.americanwatercolorsociety.org, while all award winners are found at www.americanwatercolorsociety.org/a_awards.php?year=2017.
If you go
› What: American Watercolor Traveling Exhibit 2017
› Where: Tullahoma Art Center, 401 S. Jackson St., Tullahoma, Tenn.
› Admission: $10 members, $20 nonmembers
› Gallery hours: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and by appointment
› Information: 931-455-1234, www.tullahomaart.org or email@example.com.
It started with works by more than 1,200 watercolor artists from the U.S. and 23 other countries.
Then it moved to the members of the American Watercolor Society, who pared the four-figure list down to three figures — 147 paintings, to be exact — with a single work from the winning painters.
Of those, 40 paintings were selected by the society for its traveling exhibition.
And now those "chosen ones" are in the area. The Tullahoma Art Center is hosting the American Watercolor Traveling Exhibit 2017 for the next several weeks.
The society began in 1866 in New York City with a meeting of 11 artists who called themselves the American Society of Painters in Water Colors. The group's first exhibition was in 1867 and held in the city's National Academy.
"Membership has included many of the greatest names in painting throughout the history of the society, including the great American Impressionist Childe Hassam, the well-known regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, virtually every member of the important 'California School' of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth," according to a news release.