American Watercolor Society – 153rd International Exhibition


October 9 - November 29

Opening: October 9

The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Indeed, election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. AWS Membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting throughout the Society’s history and includes (to name drop a few) the American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, plus virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.

“We stand a far distance from December 5, 1866, the Society’s founding day,” said Antonio Masi, AWS President and himself an internationally celebrated artist. “And we know that the passage of time has validated our founders’ work and values.”

AWS’s annual Exhibition is one of the most revered watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,100 artists from throughout the United States and 32 foreign countries submit their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions, 143 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show were selected by the Jury of Awards for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour six museums and galleries across the country during the next year. For the schedule of the Traveling Exhibition and to view images of the prize-winning entries, visit

LMFA is proud to have our very own watercolorist, and native East Texan, Ron Bigony as the guest speaker for the opening reception of this exhibit on October 9, 4-6pm. Bigony was chosen as one of the artists to exhibit in the highly acclaimed American Watercolor Society 151st and 152nd International Exhibition in 2018 and 2019 and its 2019 Traveling Exhibition.

Underwritten in part by the City of Longview, and the Cultural Advisory Commission.





The Exhibition Catalog is available to purchase at LMFA for $20. It includes full color images of all paintings, AWS history, member listings and much more. Call or stop by to pick-up your copy today!

About the Artist

The Exhibit