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First ONE Hundred Years Members

This list of Signature Members* from the first hundred years of AWS is based on information presented in "History of the American Watercolor Society, the First 100 Years" by Ralph Fabri. The book was written in celebration of the Society's 100th Anniversary in 1966.

We are aware that the list may contain some inaccuracies. Terminal dates of membership are largely dates of death which can easily be off by a year. They are recorded in the Annual Catalog, published to coincide with the Annual Exhibition each spring. If a member died after publication, it would be recorded in the following year's catalog. To avoid further delay, we concurred that users in search of specific artists who discover an error will surely contact us, and we encourage you to do so. This reference material is a work in progress, and it is our goal to eventually have it current. It can never be complete as it is as alive as the Society itself. We hope to initiate other research sources; unfortunately, they will not be able to reach so far into our history.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to all who gave countless hours to this project.

Janet Walsh, President Emeritus

*Signature Members were referred to as "Active" until recently. Today, membership categories are Signature Member, one who has earned membership through competition in the Annual Exhibitions, and Sustaining Associate Member, a membership open to any and all who wish to be supportive of the Society and the art of watercolor painting. The Society holds each in high regard and actively pursues growth and development in both categories.

Click on a letter below to access the alphabetical Hundred Years members list:

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First Middle Last Honors From Until
Agnes D. Abbatt 1881 1917
Edwin A. Abbey N.A. 1877 1911
Agnes A. Abbot 1943 1993
Ben Abril 1960 1995
Perry Acker 1963 1989
Telka Ackley (Beal) 1942 2006
Margaret Adams 1944 1965
Wayman Adams N.A. 1925 1959
Charles A. Aiken A.N.A. 1938 1964
Ernest Albert 1918 1946
Adam Emory Albright 1916 1960
Ivan Le Lorraine Albright 1945 1960
Helen Douglas Alexander L.M. 1942 1993
Charles Curtis Allen N.A. 1945 1950
Frank L. Allen L.M. 1926 1966
Frank D. Allison 1934 1951
Cathy Altvater L.M. 1959 1984
Abraham A. Anderson 1873 1942
Edward Anderson 1955 1962
Harry Anderson D.F. L.M. 1948 1999
Nicholas Angelo 1957 1961
A. V. S. Anthony 1874 1907
Joseph William Arcier 1954 1974
Winifred Lefferts Arms 1953 1995
William F. Armstrong 1933 1936
Tore Asplund H.M. 1941 1978
Gladys Atwood 1930 1932
Irene Aunio 1954 Current
Philip Austin 1967 2004
Ralph Avery 1954 1976
A. Avinoff 1942 1951
William J. Aylward L.M. 1915 1961
Gordon Aymar L.M. 1957 1989
Legend of Honors for First One Hundred Years Members Listing
Dolphin Fellow D.F.
Dolphin Medalist D.M.
Honorary Member H.M.
Honorary President H.P.
Honorary Vice President H.V.P.
Life Member L.M.
President, AWS P.A.W.S.
President Emeritus P.E.
Associate Nat'l Academician A.N.A.
National Academician N.A.
President National Academy P.N.A.

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