May 20, 2018 ~ July 29, 2018

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn University, 901 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36849-5812

Awards Judge: Barbara Nechis

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Juror of Selection

Carol Carter is a longtime resident of St. Louis, where she earned a Master 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. Water is an enduring presence in Carol Carter’s watercolor and acrylic paintings. Having grown up in Florida, she sees water as an evocative backdrop, resonant in contrasts that illuminate the human condition. Using vibrant, saturated colors, she plays upon the dualities present in nature in images of swimmers, lush landscapes, insightful portraits and botanical studies.

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 BA in History and Fine Arts from the University of Rochester and an MS 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. She has termed her style of painting “abstract realism,” but the actual essence and power of her work lies in her ability to reign over the chaos and mystery that watercolor itself, as a substance, likes to create while taking the evolving image to its logical or illogical completion. She resides in Napa Valley in northern California.


Barbara Nechis’ objective in teaching a workshop is to share her thought process in constructing a painting. By learning how she thinks as she demonstrates various watercolor techniques, students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original design in their own personal statements.  Her workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas but still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. The inspiration comes both from nature and the inevitable unpredictability of the watercolor medium.  She demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Topics include: wet-into-wet, under-painting and layering, designing with shapes (using realistic or abstract forms), and methods for producing clean washes. Daily demonstrations and critiques each last about an hour, leaving ample time for painting and individual assistance. Critiques will approach problem solving upon the premise that there is always a solution that can turn an unsuccessful painting into a successful one.

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February 17 -- Website Entry DEADLINE Received by WSA

March 10 -- Juror Selection Begins

March 31 -- Artists Accepted List and Acceptance Letter with Shipping Instructions posted on Website

April 30-May 4 -- Shipped Work Due at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL

May 5 -- Hand Carried Work Due (10:00AM-2:00PM)

May 17-May 19 -- Workshop with Barbara Nechis (9:30M-4:00PM Thur - Fri; 9:30-3:00PM Sat at the Jan Dempsey Art Center, Auburn, AL)

May 17 -- Barbara Nechis Demonstration (7:00 PM at the Jan Dempsey Art Center, Auburn, AL)

May 20 -- Award Ceremony and Opening Reception – (1:00PM-4:00PM at the Jule Collins Smith Museum)

July 29 -- Exhibition Closes

July 30-August 3 -- Paintings packaged to be shipped