Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event aims to attract the best in contemporary American watermedia and strives to exhibit work by artists who are pushing the boundaries of the medium.
This is the third year in a row that an artist from Texas has taken the top award, and the second top award in the last three years for Stephen Zhang. Born in China, Zhang graduated from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. Later, he received his MFA degree from University of North Texas. Zhang has been painting watercolor for over 30 years, under the tutelage of his father Defu Zhang and the late professor Rob Erdle, whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Springfield Art Museum.