Providence Gallery Artist Paula Holtzclaw Honored by American Women Artists

Fine oil painter paula holtzclaw has been on a roll in the last year, repeatedly receiving well deserved recognition from leading national arts organizations.

Paula confirms she was thrilled and honored when the prestigious Oil Painters of America organization designated her a Signature Member in June of last year! 

Recently, Paula was chosen as the recipient of the American Women Artists (AWA) “Award of Excellence” in recognition of the superior quality of her oil painting, Luminescence, 35″ x 45″.

Paula Holtzclaw stands before her award winning painting, Luminescence, at the ongoing AWA show: LOOKING WEST: AN EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTING WORKS BY AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS.

Paula detailed the inspiration for this piece and the thought process that went in to creating it:

“My painting Luminescence was inspired from memories of a twilight canoe trip along the river while at our past American Women Artists Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Lodi, California.  Looking west through the trees, the setting sun cast its golden glow across the water, mentally imprinting this image and moment in time; it became the subject of this painting. On the east coast, it is common to see these luminescent “lightning bugs”, or fireflies, emerge at twilight, so I decided to add this touch of home to my painting.”

– Paula Holtzclaw

The panel of jurors chosen to judge the exhibition included Christine Bullard, an avid, respected art connoisseur, John Fawcett , well renowned for his western art, and Jennifer Henneman, an Associate Curator for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum. In excess of $25,000 in cash and merchandise awards were given to winners in various categories.

Exhibition Catalog: LOOKING WEST: AN EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTING WORKS BY AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS, on display now through September 2, 2019, at the Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO

Paula has been recognized by the AWA before, having won the organization’s “Purchase Award” for her oil painting, Delta Twilight, in their 2018 exhibition held at the Haggin Museum in Lodi, CA. Fittingly, this “Purchase Award” winning painting was purchased by F&M Bank in Lodi, California,  and it is now part of their permanent collection.

American Women Artists is a non profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, celebration and encouragement of women in the visual fine arts.  In 2017, AWA launched 25 in 25, a bold initiative to secure 25 museum exhibitions for our women artist members, in the next 25 years.  The impetus for launching this effort was the knowledge that work created by women artists comprises only 3-5% of the permanent holdings of art museums in America and worldwide.

To find out more about AWA’s 25 in 25 initiative, check out this informative video: WATCHAWAVIDEO

Providence Gallery artists Anne Harkness and Ann Watcher are also AWA members and have received recognition for their superior abilities as fine art painters as well. All three women are looking forward to collaborating on a group exhibition to be held some time this fall!

Providence Gallery will be making an announcement in the near future so stayed tuned!

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