About AWA

The Arizona Watercolor Association

Founded in 1960 by professional watercolor artists and instructors, AWA’s purpose is to ‘promote and advance the art of painting in water-soluble media and to promote public awareness and interest in watercolor mediums through education, exhibitions and other organized events’.We have recently updated our bylaws and standing rules to keep up to date in the world of water media.  Accepted work now includes transparent watercolor, gouache, ink, and acrylics.  Members who have had paintings selected by six different jurors into membership exhibitions become Signature Members and are eligible to teach a wide variety of workshops using different styles, techniques, and media.

Join us for meetings on the second Thursday of each month from September – November & January – June.  Our meetings provide an opportunity to network with other artists, learn from live demonstrations, participate in art critiques and become involved with your Arizona Watercolor Association.

To practice any art… is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut

Ruth Philliben, President

Come join us!

Please refer to our board member and committee chairperson list with any questions:

2016- 2017 Executive Board Leads

Email: AWAPresident@azwatercolor.com

Physical Mail:
PO Box 30693
Phoenix, AZ 85046

About the AWA

  1. How do I enter a juried show?
  2. How do I join the AWA?
  3. How do I become a juried member?
  4. When and where does the AWA meet?
  5. Who’s on the Board and who are the Committee Leads anyway?

How do I enter a juried show?

If you are a new member or did not get a prospectus for our next show, then please email us for the Prospectus.  Fill out the Prospectus form, send it with a CD containing digital images of your entry(ies) with entry fee enclosed or send the digital image via eMail attachment and the filled out entry form with fee via land mail. Be sure to carefully read and follow the directions in the prospectus. If your paintings are accepted, then you bring them in or send them to the address designated on the prospectus. If you are a registered member of the AWA or if you have participated in our National Exhibition, you will be mailed a prospectus. For more information, please call the  Exhibition Chairperson, who will be delighted to help.
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How do I join the AWA?

You are cordially invited to become a member of the Arizona Watercolor Association. The exhibitions of the Association are among the best in the state and contribute to artistic progress throughout Arizona. AWA sponsors two major membership exhibitions each year and and one National Exhibition every two years.

To join the AWA, fill out the Online Membership Application and make your payment with Paypal. If you are paying with a CHECK, simply PRINT out the form then mail it in with your check
As a member, you can participate in exhibitions, workshops, on-location painting events, fun and festivities.  You may vote, hold office and enter your artwork to be juried in all exhibitions of the Association. Membership entitles you to receive newsletters, attend meetings and workshops and to receive invitations to all social functions of the Association. Members’ names are listed in the annual directory if applications and dues are received before the May 31 deadline.
Your dues will be $45 per year. The fiscal year commences June 1.  If you don’t get your dues in by May 31, then you are subject to a $10 late fee for a renewed membership.  If you submit your dues after March 1, then your contribution will apply to membership for the next year.  PLEASE Send by TAX DAY APRIL 15 if possible!
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How do I become a juried member?

You’re eligible once your art work has been accepted in three AWA “membership-only” juried shows.   You need to submit an Honor Application. Send it to the representative of the Coatimundi Society listed on the application. Once you’re juried, then you’re eligible to be appointed as a delegate to represent the Association at regional and national organizations. And you can give AWA lectures and demonstrations.
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When and where does the AWA meet?

Association meetings are held from September through May. There is a special interest feature at each meeting. (Please visit the Calendar tab  for details. note December no meeting.)

Meetings are usually on the second Thursday of each month. The Fun Table starts at 7:00 PM. The business and demonstration portions of the meetings start at 7:30 PM. Demo usually start by 8p.

AWA Meeting Site

AAG Building  Arizona Artist Guild 18411 N 7th Ave, Phoenix AZ
http://arizonaartistsguild.net/   Click here for map
Directions:  AAG  is located in north central Phoenix south of the 101 
From the West (Interstate 17) take the 101 east to 7th Avenue go South turn into parking lot on the East Side of 7th Ave
From the East Take the 101 N to  7th Avenue go SouthAAG is on the East Side of 7th Avenue
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Who’s on the Board and who are the Committee Leads anyway?

Who’s on the Executive Board?
President Ruth Philliben  480-961-2186
1st Vice President (Membership/Database)  Sally Gonzalez  703-395-4021
Co-Vice President
Sam Morse  602-863-0538
2nd Vice president (Membership Exhibitions) Jane Underhill  602-795-3545
3rd Vice President (Programs) Harvey Wood  602-246-2986
Recording Secretary Minutes and Records Christine Oliver 602-992-8022
Corresponding Secretary (Newsletter Distribution) Lizabeth Gordon 623-487-0345
Treasurer Bruce Sink 602-738-8121
Financial Secretary WFWS Open
Western Federation Delegate  Linda Burruss  435-512-9454
Western Federation Delegate (Alternate)  Sheila Bellard  520-350-2577
Director at Large (National Show) Opportunity!
Co-Director(National Show) Opportunity!
Director at Large (Juror Workshops) Sheila Bellard 520 350-2577
Co-Director (Juror Workshops bruce Sink 602-738-8121
Director at Large (Membership Workshops) Pam Root 602-291-5986
Co-Director at Large (Membership Workshops) Candice Diaz 602-510-6810
President Emeritus Linda Schooley

Who are the Committee Leads?

AZ Art Alliance Representative Judy Delmonico-Roll 480-990-1359
Bylaws Parlimentarian Dolly Maitzen 480-585-9646
Calling Committee Sheila Bellard

Mary Velasano



Charitable Fundraiser

Community OutReach


Sherry Kimmel

Sherry Kimmel

Diane Parnitzke




Directory Information  OPEN
Fun Table Katherine Kurgen 480-636-9130
Historian Bonnie Cheney 623-572-5904
Honor Society Shirley Klein Kleppe 480-585-5699
Merchant Awards Karen Riehm 602-318-5387
Newsletter Chief Editor Liz Ramsey 480-747-7763
Newsletter Publisher Mary Valesano  480-980-7457
Overhead Mirror Setup OPEN
Photography Karen Riehm 602-318-5387
Prospectus/Award Certificates Nancy Herbst 480-839-8827
Publicity Jane Underhill 602-795-3545
Scholarships Chair Linda Schooley 970-216-7774
Scholarships Co-Chair Carol Matthews 480-595-0017
Scholarship Raffles, Special Raffles OPEN
Social Committee Joyce Parmely 623-931-9719
Social Committee Co-Chair Gurukirn Khalsa  602-510-1541
Student Membership Committee Chair Opportunity!
Student Membership Committee Co-Chair Candice Diaz 602-510-6810
WebMaster Bruce Sink 602-738-8121
 E-Blast  Myra Feldman  480-467-4460


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