'Breaking Glass' 2021 Exhibition: Celebrating Watercolor Artists Removing Glass as a Barrier

August 10, 2021

The Painting Center, Chelsea

September 7- October 2, 2021

Opening Reception September 9 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


The show showcases watercolor artists on the forefront of developing modern techniques to present their watercolor artwork in a permanent fashion, without the typical glazing so common in watercolor.  For centuries, watercolor artists have struggled for recognition of their medium as equivalent to other mediums in importance, stature, and value. 

The exhibition, which is sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, Inc., and was curated by artist Laurin McCracken with support from The Painting Center, features ten watercolor artists who are recognized through their memberships in national watercolor societies and multiple awards for their work, as well as being represented in significant public and private collections.

“We strongly support this work and this exhibition as an important step to begin to break down the hurdles for artists working in watercolor, said Golden Artist Colors CEO, Mark Golden.  “Aptly titled ‘Breaking Glass’, the show is about removing glass as a barrier to the viewer as well as breaking the glass ceiling of arbitrary values placed on a medium and not on the work itself. The work of many incredibly talented artists is continually undervalued because they have chosen the medium of watercolor.  We have created a depressed market for their work, not based on aesthetics or merit, but on the facts that the work is created in paper and exhibited behind glass. We hope this show will shed light on a topic needing many further discussions and changes in the future.” 

Artists featured in the exhibition are Laurin McCracken, TX; Rance Jones, TX; Michael Holter, VA;  Matthew Bird, MD; Lynn Pratt, VT; Thomas BUCCI, Wash., D.C.; James Maria, PA; Iain Stewart, AL; Frank Spino, FL; and David Stickel, NC.

The show will be on view from September 7 through October 2, 2021 at The Painting Center, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 500, New York, N.Y.  An opening reception will be held on September 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.  Please note that appointments are recommended but not required and can be made on The Painting Center website. All visitors must wear masks at all times as well as maintain a six-foot distance.  A full color catalog of the paintings in ‘Breaking Glass' will be available. 

To learn more about ‘Breaking Glass’ and to see artwork featured in the show, visit The Painting Center website.  For more information about Golden Artist Colors, go to goldenpaints.com.

Artwork – ‘Broken,’ 2021, 18” x 24”, Watercolor on Panel | Artist: Lynn D. Pratt

'Breaking Glass' 2021 Exhibition: Celebrating Watercolor Artists Removing Glass as a Barrier