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75th Annual International Open Exhibition Juror

Judy Morris earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in art education from Southern Oregon University, and taught art at South Medford High School for thirty years before retiring to become a full time watercolorist. For 20 years Morris has been a popular juror and workshop teacher throughout the country and in Canada, Mexico, England, Switzerland, France, Italy and Japan.

Her paintings have received more than fifty national and regional awards and have been included in exhibitions throughout the country, most recently those sponsored by the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She was one of 15 American artists invited to be included in the 2011 Taiwan International Watercolor Exhibition, and is currently one of 32 American artists represented in the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial, in Shenzhen, China.

Judy has had numerous feature articles in national and international publications including INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE and L’ART DE L’AQUARELLE.

She has been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 1980 and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), National Watercolor Society (NWS), the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS).

Judy Morris, WSO, AWS, NWS, TWSA, NWWS Judy’s artwork can be seen on her website: www.judymorris-art.com.
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Juror's Statement

I am extremely honored to have been asked to serve as one of the Jurors for the 75th International Open Exhibition of the Northwest Watercolor Society. I was very pleased with the wide variety of subject matter, painting styles, color choices, entertaining textures, and thoughtful design strategies artists submitted for review. It was exciting to see 600 skillfully painted entries. The difficult part was choosing only 86 paintings that would comprise the show. Many more than 86 deserved the honor of showing their work in this exhibition.

As a juror, I look for paintings that excite me first and then continue the dialog with the arrangements of elements and connecting links that make me say to myself, “I wish I had painted that one!” Many of the selected paintings caught my attention with outstanding design or great color chords. Others provoked a respect for meaningful content or an unusual view of an ordinary subject. Some were chosen because they added dimension to the show. I looked closely at each entry for evidence of well developed skills and a thoughtful painting process that brings joy to the act of painting.

My congratulations to the artists selected for this show. Your paintings mirror a wide variety of subjects, painting styles and personal expression. Many more artists deserved recognition for their efforts... but I was given a limit. I encourage everyone who entered to keep painting. Smile at your successes, take risks, and most of all, enjoy the painting process.

Judy Morris, WSO/AWS/NWS/TWSA/NWWS