Featuring an amazing array of works, American Women Artists (AWA) recently celebrated 25 years of excellence with its 2015 Annual Master & Signature Member Show & National Juried Exhibition at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event was held November 9–14; who were the ladies that took home this year’s top awards?
Uniting women artists and elevating awareness of their art, the American Women Artists (AWA) is an outstanding organization that hosts a monumental national exhibition each year, with the 2015 show recently concluding at the Bonner David Galleries in Arizona.

Suzie Chisholm, “The Garden,” bronze; winner of the Marilyn Newmark Foundation Award
(c) American Women Artists 2015

Awards of Merit were given to Nancy Bass, Kathleen Bergstrom, Marsha Chandler, Ginger Gehres, Tina Moore, Diana Reuter-Twining, and Robin Wellner.
The Rogue Guirey Simpson Memorial Award, given for excellence in animal art, was taken by Elaine Lierly Jones for her piece “Manhattan’s Glory.” Suzie Chisholm earned the Marilyn Newmark Foundation Award, which honors the best sculpture done in a traditional manner, for her brilliant bronze “The Garden.” As a proud sponsor of the event and organization, Fine Art Connoisseur supports an Award of Excellence, which went to Amy Larson and her lovely painting “Zulu.”

Elaine Lierly Jones, “Manhattan’s Glory”; awarded the Rogue Guirey Simpson Memorial Award
(c) American Women Artists 2015

Taking the honor as Best of Show was “Pony Tails” by Cathryne Trachok. To view a full list of awards, visit American Women Artists.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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