National Biennial Watercolor Exhibition

February 14 - March 29, 2011


  • Curated by Chalen Phillips
  • Sponsored by the Friends of Martha Seif
  • Reception: February 17, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge,
  • live music by the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Exhibit Lecture given by Jamie Kruidenier and Don Lake on March 2 at 3 p.m. in the Gallery

Image: Robert Cottingham, W.T., watercolor, 1982Participating Artists from the Springfield Art Museum Collection include:
Kent Addison, Mary L. Aro, Nell Blaine, Charles Burchfield, Chen Chi, Robert Cottingham, John Steuart Curry, Adolf Dehn, Elsie Bates Freund, Donald Holden, Gregory Litinksy, John Marin, Don Nice, Philip Pearlstein, David Plank, and Joseph Raffael.  

Chalen Phillips is Curator of Collections at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Phillips has served as a juror for the Watercolor U.S.A. 2009 and the Prints U.S.A. 2009 competitions and is a member of the Watercolor Honor Society.  

In his curatorial essay, Phillips states that his background in art history strongly influenced the selections he has made from Springfield's enormous collection. "I am not an artist; I simply admire the way art tells a story or reflects a certain period in time. This is my passion," he said. "I strive to understand how history was shaped by the raging whirlwind of events made evident in the artistry of the times. With that in mind, I chose artists who depicted a period of time from the past such as the documenting of a disastrous flood, the death of a bee, or a simple moment of peace."


Image: Robert Cottingham, W.T., watercolor, 1982