This international watercolor exhibition presented by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society in collaboration with the Gallery of Contemporary Art features 113 works by artists. Artist and independent curator Katherine Chang Lui selected the show from slides. Ms Lui exhibits internationally and has had over 39 solo exhibitions and over 100 invitational and competitive exhibitions. Since 1986 she has been invited to juror over 80 shows in the United States alone. She does not believe in any heirarchy in art. In the process of selecting works for the show she looks for personal content and the artist’s ability to express this effectively and emotionally. She believes that her role as a juror is to choose the best work from the submissions. She doesn’t believe in putting the works through any personal preference filter.
For this show, each participating artist paid a fee to submit up to three slides. Ms Lui then selected 113 works from the 413 submitted slides. The awards for the show were selected by looking at the art, as slides can be deceptive in terms of the actual quality of the work. The award selection process involves not only awards selected by Ms Lui, but selections by several community and corporate entities which have donated cash, as well as art supplies. Ms Lui also gave a public lecture at UCCS specifically for local artists entitled “Finding One’s Voice”.
This show is the museum’s third collaboration with the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. All three shows have been independently sdjudicated and open to submissions from any artist. The initial collaborative exhibition took place durring January and Febuary of 1997, and the second happened in Febuary and March of 2000. For each exhibit the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society produced a color catalog of the show, with each work illustrated, and had done so once again.
The show includes 111 artists with only two artists getting two works selected. Colorado artists dominate the show with 52 hailing from Colorado, and 30 of these from Colorado Springs. The next best represented states are California with 9 artist; Texas with 7; New york with 6; and 4 from North Carolina. Washington, New Mexico, Oregon, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania yielded two artists each. Connecticut, Virginia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oklahoma, Florida, and Michigan are represented by one artist. Although artist from 4 countries submitted slides, only one Canadian artist was selected to participate.
Additional support for the exhibition was provided by the Colorado Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the National Endowment for the arts, and the Colorado General Assembly: the Bee Vrandenburg Foundation; the Colorado Springs Community Foundation; The UCCS Student Government Association on behalf of the student body’s cultural awareness; and the Gallery of Contemporary Art’s membership.