Quincy University’s Robert Lee Mejer, distinguished professor of art, has received the Thomason, Hedekin, Hedman: The Perfect Workout.com Award from the San Diego Watercolor Society’s (SDWS) 38th International Exhibition, for his painting, “Variant: Crossroads”.

The San Diego Watercolor Society was established in 1965 and is one of the largest and most active in the United States. Its International Exhibition is widely recognized for its high standard of excellence in watermedia art. This annual event attracts entries from hundreds of watermedia artists worldwide. Accepted participating artists are eligible for large cash and merchandise awards. The Awards & Preview Gala for members, artists and the public is held at the SDWS gallery just prior to the free public opening, and thousands of visitors view the exhibit during the month of October.

John Salminen is the Juror for this year’s International Exhibition. Salminen lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota.  He is a signature member of numerous art societies, and has won more than 230 awards in national and international exhibitions. He has been an invited artist in thirty-six international watercolor exhibitions all over the world and has had 32 one- person shows in the United States.  His work is included in private and corporate permanent collection in the United States, Asia and Europe.  John has served as juror and/or judge of over 70 national and international exhibitions.

Mejer has been a distinguished professor of art, Gray Gallery Curator and Art Program coordinator at Quincy University since 1968. He is an Illinois artist, painter, printmaker, juror and visiting artist.

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