The Watercolor Society of Alabama

Watercolor Society of Alabama began in 1939 with an exciting vision to promote, create and inspire painters in the art of watercolor media. We embrace that vision by holding juried watercolor competitions each year: WSA Annual National Exhibition, Statewide Alabama Members Showcase, and Online Showcase.

We offer workshops taught by nationally and internationally known artists. Vibrant Newsletters, published quarterly, keep members informed and connected.

2023 Alabama Members’ Showcase

Award Winners

National Online Showcase ’24

February 1, 2024 ~
February 1, 2025

Selection Juror: V. B. “Corky” Goldman
Contact: 205-529-9054

Juror of Selection

V. B. "Corky" Goldman

As a child he knew he loved art. He was encouraged to pursue his interest by his second-grade teacher who said he would be an artist someday. After beginning his journey in earnest in high school, he studied “Art in The Dark” at the University of Georgia and then in 1967 graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Design. His plans to become a graphic artist were put on hold as he joined the US Army and served in Vietnam. After returning, he spent 36 years in the family cash register business, but continued painting in oil.  In the 80’s he started watercolor classes at the Nolen Schmidt studio and in 2010, retired, and started teaching and learning with Bill Morris.

He currently instructs students in Mobile at Spring Hill Baptist Activity Center. He enjoys teaching, painting every day and is very diverse in his subject matter, leaning toward works which inspire and stimulate creativity and have good composition. He is a realist and never runs out of subjects as he enjoys painting portraits, landscapes, buildings, boats, trucks, animals, and people. He has been fortunate to be commissioned by collectors locally and internationally. With over 43 years’ experience in the difficult medium of watercolor, it is my goal to capture the beauty of sunlight and shadows… with a special emphasis on color.  He strives to achieve great technical command and attention to detail in my watercolors.

Acknowledged as one of the state’s accomplished watercolorists by the Watercolor Society of Alabama, he has won numerous awards and is a Signature Platinum Member. In November of 2017, he was selected to paint portraits of Mobile’s mayor and six city council members. He has been juried into the International Watermedia Exhibition of Houston, shown at the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia, and shown at the Mobile Government Plaza Gallery, having been juried in by the Mobile Museum of Art. He is a member of the Mobile Arts Council, Mobile Art Association, and the Watercolor and Graphics Art Society of Mobile and has won numerous “Best of Show” awards.