The Latest from American Women Artists

Carrie Waller Abundance

American Women Artists is thrilled to announce the winners of our 2021 Spring Online Juried Show! The winners of the awards were selected by Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Fifteen artists were selected for awards, out of the 120 entries that were juried into the show. AWA is awarding $4,000 in cash awards and approximately $10,000 in gift certificates and merchandise. Congratulations to all! 

Kelly was highly impressed with the entries to the Spring Online Show and happy to share her thoughts. “This past year has challenged us all — to stay connected, engaged, hopeful, creative. But in the face of these challenges — and with extended time in their studios, artists have found new themes and creative possibilities to explore in their work,” Kelly said. “In the entries of AWA’s Spring Online Show, we saw paintings and sculptures that were uniquely ‘of the moment,’ making statements or observations about experiences shared around the world. There were, of course, others that offered more personal viewpoints about the political and social conflicts that have also been signs of our time. Most inspiring for me, however, is that the body of work submitted gave testament that art and artists endure. No matter where these women found their inspiration, they’ve bestowed us with artworks that both delight and challenge, and I’m thrilled to share our selections with you!”

Click HERE to view the entire show.


Grand Prize – $2,000












The Retreat, Daniela Werneck, Watercolor, 18″ x 24″

“As both a juror of selection and the awards juror, I saw each submitted artwork numerous times,” Kelly shared. “There were pieces that drew an audible gasp the first time I saw them but perhaps garnered less interest on second or third viewing, and others that grew on me with each passing look. This piece drew a smile every time it came onto my computer screen — not only for its subject matter that spoke to me of hope and freedom, but for the technical aspects the artist was able to achieve. The girl’s pose and ring of birds flapping around her create a sense of motion and draw the eye always back to the center of interest. As a whole, the piece represents a masterful combination of technique, mood, and unique creative expression. Kudos to the artist who created this wonderful painting!”


Second Prize – $500









Rose Bouquet
, Marcia Holmes, Soft Pastel, 27″ x 24″


Third Prize – $300







Safe Harbor, Lori Putnam, Oil, 30″ x 40″


Gallery Showcase Award – Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA






I Am No Bird; And No Net Ensnares Me II
, Daggi Wallace, Soft Pastel, 7″ x 12″


Outstanding Still Life Award – $200










Mostly Metal
, Trish Wend, Oil, 16″ x 12″


Outstanding Landscape Award – $200








Orange Sunshine
, Terri Ford, Soft Pastel, 16″ x 20″


Outstanding Figurative Award – $200










Divided Light, Debra Lott, Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 30″


Outstanding Sculpture Award – $200









Wings of Thunder
, Debbie Korbel, Mixed Media, 95″ x 95″ x 20″


Awards of Merit – $50 per Award Winner










, Maryann DellaRocco, Colored Pencil, 15″ x 13″










Su and Peter the Great
, Suzanne Vigil, Colored Pencil, 20″ x 26″










, Xi Guo, Watercolor, 30″ x 20″











Koi Frenzy
, J. Calhoun, Oil on Canvas, 68″ x 40″







Dreamwalkers: The Boarder Never Sleeps
, May Klisch, Oil, 16″ x 20″








Radiance, Angela Campbell, Oil, 48″ x 60″








Girl with Braid
, Louise Solecki Weir, Polymer Gypsum with Oil, 19″ x 13″ x 9″








Disconnect, Susan D. Waters, Oil, 30″ x x40″