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Chris Krupinski

BIOGRAPHY





Art is a key element in Chris Krupinski's life. She has been drawing and painting all of her life, but discovered watercolors in the mid-1980s and has had a passion for the medium ever since.

 
Chris's art career has achieved a tremendous following on the national and international level as a brilliant watercolorist. Well credentialed, her paintings continually draw rave reviews for her fine art work, winning more than 100 national awards and honors. Chris is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and earned Dolphin Fellow in 2015. She is also a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society Master, and Allied Artists to name a few. She has been published in major watercolor publications and has been a featured artist in numerous leading national art magazines. Chris had a painting on the cover and a feature article in the October 2014 issue of The Artist's Magazine. Her work has been in international exhibitions in China, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. Her watercolors are hung in several corporate collections and are cherished additions to the finest of private collections.

 
Chris's watercolors are created with special consideration to detail. By focusing much of her attention to the smallest detail, the viewer is drawn into the intricacies of her work. Dynamic light and shadow treatments are prominent statements in her paintings. The play of lights and darks develop effective abstract design. Emphasizing these two elements has enabled her to create powerfully expressive still lifes and bold compositions.


Memberships



• American Watercolor Society New York, New York (Signature - Dolphin Fellow) 


• Allied Artists of America New York, New York (Elected)


• National Watercolor Society California (Signature)


• Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society Golden, Colorado (Signature)


• Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Signature - Master Status)


• Watercolor West (Signature)


• North East Watercolor Society (Signature)


• Southern Watercolor Society (Lifetime Signature)


• Watercolor Society of Alabama (Platinum Signature)


• Georgia Watercolor Society (Signature)


• Kentucky Watercolor Society (Signature)


• Mississippi Watercolor Society (Signature)


• Missouri Watercolor Society (Signature - Honor Roll)


• Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (Signature - Sylvan Grouse)


• Virginia Watercolor Society (Artist)


• Watercolor USA Honor Society


 




Awards and Honors



Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial, China
   • 2015 Selected
   • 2013 Selected


Fabriano International Invitational Exhibition, Italy
   • 2016 Invited
   • 2015 Invited


Nanjing, China Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary International Watermedia Masters
   • 2007 Invited
   • 2010 Invited
   • 2012 Invited


2nd Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition
   • 2012 Selected


Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors
   • 2015 Beechmont First and Gold Madallion
   • 2014 Tina Wolfe Memorial Award
   • 2013 Beechmont First and Gold Madallion
   • 2012 Bradley C. Barnard Award
   • 2011 Gurdon and Mildred Evans Memorial Award
   • 2009 Tina L. Wolfe Memorial Award
   • 2008 Friedlander Award
   • 2007 Beechmont First and Gold Medallion
   • 2006 Arthur E. Baker Memorial Award
   • 2005 Martin Family Award
   • 2003 Bradley C. Barnard Award
   • 2001 Judith and A. Richard Cohen Award
   • 1999 Margaret and William Foley Award


Allied Artists of America, Inc.
   • 2013 John Young-Hunter Memorial Award
   • 2009 Jane Peterson Memorial Award
   • 2007 Mary Lou Fitzgerald Memorial Award
   • 2001 Gold Medal of Honor for Watercolor
   • 2000 Silver Medal of Honor for Watercolor
   • 1998 Henry Gasser-Moses Worthman Memorial Award
   • 1997 Strathmore Paper Company Award


American Artist's Professional League Grand National Exhibition
   • 2005 AAPL Medal of Honor for Watercolor
   • 2004 AAPL Medal of Honor for Watercolor
   • 2003 Merit Award
   • 1998 The American Artists Fund Award
   • 1997 AAPL Medal of Honor for Watercolor
   • 1995 President's Award
   • 1994 Maitland Award


American Watercolor Society
   • 2015 High Winds Medal
   • 2013 Alden Bryan Memorial Medal  
   • 2009 Alan R. Chiara Memorial Award


Art Renewal Center's International ARC Salon
   • 2015 Finalist
   • 2007 Finalist  
   • 2006 Finalist


Arts Council of Fairfax County Open Exhibition
   • 1998 First Place-Watercolor
   • 1997 Co-Second Place
   • 1996 Best in Show
   • 1995 Honorable Mention
   • 1994 Best in Show


Baltimore Watercolor Society's Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition
   • 1998 Dick Blick Company Award
   • 1995 Merit Award
   • 1994 Merit Award


Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
   • 2012 New Jersey Watercolor Society Award
   • 2011 New Jersey Watercolor Society Award
   • 2010 Merit Award
   • 2009 CLWAC Board of Directors Award 


Central Virginia Watercolor Society
   • 2006 Second Place
   • 2004 Merit Award
   • 2003 Second Place


Fallbrook Art Center's Signature Watermedia Exhibition
   •  2016 Merit Award  


   • 2013 Utrecht Merchandise Award


Georgia Watercolor Society's National Exhibition
   • 2016 Third Place
   • 2015 Second Place


   • 2010 Watercolor Society of Alabama Award
   • 2009 Winsor and Newton Award
   • 2008 North Light Books Award
   • 2006 Strathmore Paper Award
   • 2004 Second Place
   • 2001 Georgia Peach Award
   • 2000 Merit Award
   • 1999 Merit Award
   • 1998 Art Express Award
   • 1993 Traveling Exhibition 


Kentucky Watercolor Society's National Aqueous Exhibition
   • 2014 Merit Award
   • 2013 Merit and Purchase Award
   • 2012 Merit Award
   • 2011 Merit Award
   • 2010 Preston Art Center Award 
   • 2004 First Place Award and Purchase Award
   • 2001 Merit Award
   • 1999 Kentucky Watercolor Society Award
   • 1997 Merit Award
   • 1996 Purchase Award
   • 1996 Traveling Exhibition
   • 1995 Purchase Award
   • 1993 Traveling Exhibition


Louisiana Watercolor Society
   • 2016 Katalin Gergo Memoria Award


   • 2014 American Frame Award
   • 2012 Honorable Mention


The Miniature Painters Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.
   • 2015 First Place, Watermedia
   • 2014 Best New Artist


Mississippi Watercolor Society's Grand National Exhibition
   • 2015 Bank Plus Award
   • 2014 Art Appreciation Award
   • 2013 Honorable Mention 
   • 2012 Patron Award
   • 2011 Art Appreciation Award
   • 2010 Bank Plus Award
   • 2009 Art Appreciation Award
   • 2007 Art Appreciation Award 
   • 2006 Bank Plus Award
   • 2005 Art Appreciation Award
   • 2004 AmSouth Bank Award
   • 2002 Patron's Award
   • 1999 Merit Award
   • 1993 Grumbacher Award


Montana Watercolor Society Watermedia Exhibition
   • 1995 Merit Award


National Watercolor Oklahoma Exhibition
   • 1995 Juror's Mention
   • 1993 Juror's Award


National Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibition
   • 2015 Winsor & Newton Award
   • 2014 Jeanette Thayer Schmidt Memorial Award

   • 2013 Mijello Mission Gold/Martin F. Weber Award
   • 2008 NWS Past President's Award


Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibition
   • 1994 Merit Award


North East Watercolor Society's National Exhibition
   • 2005 Central New York Watercolor Society Award
   • 2000 Merit Award
   • 1999 Merit Award
   • 1998 John Pike Memorial Award
   • 1996 PIP Printing Award
   • 1993 Merit Award


Pennylvania Watercolor Society's National Exhibition
   • 2014 Honorable Mention
   • 2011 Honorable Mention
   • 2010 Jack Richeson & Co Award 
   • 2009 PWS Past President's Award
   • 2004 First Place Award


Pittsburgh Watercolor Society's National Exhibition
   • 1993 Third Place


Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition
   • 2011 Virginia & Fritz Weigand Award for Realism
   • 2006 Colorado Watercolor Society Award
   • 2003 Merit Award
   • 2000 Sarah Belle Rutherford Memorial Award
   • 1997 Friends of the Foothills Art Center Award


Southern Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibition
   • 2015 Gold Award
   • 2012 Merit Award
   • 2010 Leadership Award
   • 2009 Merit Award
   • 2003 Merit Award
   • 1998 Merit Award
   • 1997 George P. Shook Memorial Award
   • 1995 Dr. Jim Congleton Award
   • 1994 Hal P. Moore Award


Texas Watercolor Society
   • 2001 Memorial Award
   • 1995 Juror's Choice Award


Transparent Watercolor Society of America Annual Exhibition
   • 2014 Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award 
   • 2006 People's Choice Award
   • 2001 Merit Award
   • 1997 Edwina Austin Memorial Award


Virginia Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibition
   • 2015 Katie Hill Vaden Memorial Award
   • 2014 Award of Excellence 
   • 2013 Ralph Smith Memorial Award
   • 2012 Best in Show
   • 2011 Shelley Shephard Memorial Award
   • 2010 Honorable Mention
   • 2007 Award of Excellence
   • 2004 First Place
   • 2003 Second Place
   • 2002 Merit Award
   • 2001 Merit Award
   • 2000 Merit Award
   • 1998 Merit Award
   • 1997 Merit Award
   • 1996 Merit Award
   • 1995 Merit Award
   • 1994 Merit Award
   • 1993 Merit Award


Watercolor Missouri International
   • 2013 George Latta Award
   • 2009 Award of Distinction
   • 2008 MoWS Member Award
   • 2007 Award of Distinction


Watercolor Society of Alabama's National Exhibition
   • 2015 Award of Excellence
   • 2014 Award of Excellence 
   • 2012 Southern Watercolor Society Award
   • 2010 Alabama Power Company Award
   • 2009 Current Officer's Award
   • 2008 Award of Excellence
   • 2007 Art Association Award
   • 2006 Patron's Award
   • 2003 Merit Award
   • 2000 Merit Award
   • 1997 Past President's Award


Watercolor U.S.A.
   • 2008 Canson Fine Papers Award
   • 1997 Purchase Award


Watercolor West
   • 2015 Signature Member Award
   • 2008 2nd Place Award
   • 2006 Canson, Inc. Award
   • 2003 Merit Award
   • 1999 Merit Award
   • 1993 Founder's Award


West Virginia Watercolor Society's Regional Exhibition
   • 1996 Best in Show


Western Colorado Watercolor Society's National Exhibition
   • 2007 Glenwood Springs Art Guild Award I
   • 2006 3rd Place
   • 2004 Merit Award
   • 1995 Board of Director's Award
   • 1994 Special Award of 500 prints