Avon Waters


Exhibition History


        Fort Wayne Museum of Art "Indiana Waterways -- The Art of Conservation", Fort Wayne, IN

        Hoosier Salon, "Indiana Waterways -- selected works for conservation," New Harmony, IN



        Indiana State Museum, "Indiana Waterways: where art meets conservation, Indianapolis, IN

        Featured Artist, "Redwing Plein Air Festival", June, Redwing, MN


         Northern Indiana Pastel members show, Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI

         Midwest Museum of American Art, Historic Indiana en Plein Air, August-Sept., Elkhart, IN

         Richmond Museum of Art, Historic Indiana en Plein AirJune-July, Richmond, IN

         The Historic Brown County Art Gallery, Historic Indiana en Plein Air, April-May, Nashville, IN

         Kurt Vonnegut House artist in residency, March, Culver, IN



           Fort Wayne Museum of Art, "Historic Indiana en Plien Air", Indianapolis, IN         

           Indiana State Museum, "Historic Indiana en Plein Air", Indianapolis, IN

           NIPS pastel exhibition, online, Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan, MI

           Hoosier Salon, "Good Ole Summertime," New Harmony, IN


2019 "The Color of Air" Heartland Artist Gallery, solo exhibition, Plymouth, IN

           Hoosier Salon, "Good Ole Summertime," New Harmony, IN

            Indiana Landmarks Center, "First Friday" exhibition, IPAPA, Indianapolis, IN

           "Open Space," Redtail Conservatory exhibition, Minnetrista Center, Muncie, IN

             Notre Dame Gallery, NIPS exhibition, South Bend, IN

            "Landscapes in Pastel," two person exhibition, City Hall Gallery, Warsaw, IN

            Solo Exhibition, KAA Gallery, Ricketts Center, Kokomo, IN -- August



           US Senator Mike Braun collection of Indiana Artist, Senate Chambers, Washington, DC

            Hoosier Salon, IPAPA member show, Carmel, IN

            Heartland Artist Gallery annual regional states exhibition, Plymouth, IN

             Northern Indiana Pastel Society member show, Donaldson Center for the Arts, Donaldson, IN

             Minneterista Annual Exhibition, Muncie, IN
            Box Factory, Michiana Annual MACA exhibition, St. Joesph, Mich.
            Northern Indiana Pastel Society, "Pathways" exhibition, Fernwood, Niles Mich.
            Bismark Gallery Association 7th annual national SQ Foot, exhibition, Bismark, ND
            Heartland Artist Gallery annual regional states exhibition, Plymouth, IN

              Abstraction II, The Anderson Center for the Arts, Anderson, IN
             Fernwood, Woodlands, Niles, Michigan
             119th Annual Richmond Museum Exhibition, Richmond, IN
             Northern Indiana Pastel Society, annual Civic Theatre Exhibition, South Bend, IN
             Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Annual, Greencastle, IN  

              “Woodlands Preview,” Rickner’s Essen Haus, Converse, IN – Jan.-Mar.
              Grains and Grill, Fairmount, IN Jan.-Dec.
              Host for IPAPA First Brush of Fall Sept. 24, Converse, IN
             TC Steel Boyhood Home, paintout/exhibition/sale, Waveland, IN – Oct.

             “Pre-Colombian Revisited,” Solidad, Bogota, Colombia – January
             Honeywell Center, Statewide annual juried exhibition, Wabash, IN, Feb.
             “Destine Decay,” Essen Haus, Converse, IN – April
              89th Annual Juried Spring exhibition, Kokomo Art Assoc., Kokomo, IN – May
             “Faceless – the 99.14 percent,” Fortune Properties, Kokomo, IN – May
             “First Brush of Fall” Host for the Indiana Plein Art Painter Assoc., -- Sept. 26
             IPAPA Plein Air paint out, Brookville, IN
             Artz and Eatz Trail, rotating exhibition in Hartford City, Converse, Fairmount, City, IN

2014   Wawasee Lake IPAPA paint-out and exhibit, Wawasee, IN – July
            T.C. Steele Boyhood home paint-out and exhibit, Waveland, IN – June
            Arts in Bloom, South Bend, IN, paint-out and exhibition, South Bend, IN – May
            Kokomo Art Association Exhibit, Kokomo, IN – May
            New Harmony IPAPA First Brush of Spring, New Harmony, IN – April

2011     Paul Henry Art Gallery, Hammond, IN
2010    Paul Henry Art Gallery, Hammond, IN
2009   Paul Henry Art Gallery, Hammond, IN
2008   Wug Laku Gallery exhibition, Indianapolis, IN – May
            Paradise Art Festival, Wabash, IN – Sept.
2007   Museum of Greater Lafayette,  Plein Air Paintout, Lafayette, IN
             Paradise Art Festival, Honeywell Center Clark Gallery, Wabash, IN
2000 *Indiana Wesleyan University Gallery, curated by Ron Mazellan, Marion, IN –      Jan.
1999   *Recent Works, Richard's Art Emporium, Marion, IN – September.
             Honeywell Center, Nine County Art Show, Wabash, IN – March.
             Movements, American States Insurance, Indianapolis, IN – Jan.
1998   Art and books, Barnes and Nobel, Indianapolis, IN – Nov.
           Rebirth, County House Gallery, Wug Laku, curator, Indianapolis, IN – Jan.
1997   Of People and Places, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, IN – Jan.
           Indianapolis Opera Auction, Murat Temple, Indianapolis, IN – May.
           Stutz Open Studio, Indianapolis, IN – May.
           Six Emerging Artists, Country House Gallery, Indianapolis, IN – Dec.
1996   Stutz Artists Open Studios, Stutz Business Center, Indianapolis, IN – May.
          *From Land and by air, Barnes and Noble, Indianapolis, IN
           Behind the Red Door, Galaria de Ros, Indianapolis, IN, curated by Marvin Ros
1995   The Floor Show, Stutz Business Center, Indianapolis, IN
           Damien Center Show and Sale, Hot House Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
          *From the Earth and Garden, The Abbey, Indianapolis, IN
            Stutz Artists Open Studios, Stutz Business Center, Indianapolis, IN – May.
            Indiana Emerging Artists, The contemporary Artists Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, curated by  Kimbra Calcaterra.
1994   Regional Artists, The Contemporary Artists Gallery, Indianapolis, IN., curated by Kimbra Calcaterra.
           Block's Public Displays, Blocks Building, Indianapolis, IN
           Damien Center Auction, Indianapolis, IN
           Glendale Home Decorating Show, Glendale mall, Indianapolis, IN.
           Stutz Open Studios, The 21, Stutz business Center, Indianapolis, IN – May.

1993   East Bay Open Studios, Oakland, CA
         *The Main Street Café, Walnut Creek, CA.
Key Collections
        Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Div. of Archeology, Indianapolis, IN       

        West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick, IN

         US Senate office meeting Chambers, Washington DC., 2019-2021

         Charlie Creek Inn, Wabash, IN, Richard Ford Collection
         Weyerhaeuser Paper Company, Alameda, CA
         Turner Property Management, Stutz Business Center, Indianapolis, IN
         Chroma Video Display, White Mills, PA

Instructional Experience

Pastel Demo -- basic equipment and supplies, FWAG monthly meeting program, Fort Wayne, IN,  2019

Composition -- Designing the picture space, NIPS South Bend Museum of Art, 2018

Drawing for problem solving and quality control, Fiat Chrysler of America, Kokomo, IN 2017        
Drawing on the streets, adult, The Artworks Gallery, Kokomo, IN 2016
Drawing instruction, adult basic drawing, Artworks Gallery, Kokomo, IN 2015
Drawing instruction, adult advanced classes, Artworks Gallery, Kokomo, IN 2015
Draw like Degas, adult, The Anderson Center for the Arts, 2015
Paint like series, Spring, Summer Fall, The Anderson Center for the Arts, 2015
Wine and Canvas, Jasper Johns Flag, Blackford County Arts Center, Hartford City 2015
Wine and Canvas, Matisse, Arts Place, Portland, IN 2015
Drawing instruction, “So you can’t draw a straight line,” adults, Kokomo, IN 2014
Paint Like series of various artist styles, The Anderson Center for the Arts, 2013
Bibliographies (selected)

"Art of Conservation," Kokomo Tribune, Carson Gerber, front page, Aug. 11, 2021

"Redwing 15th Annual Plein Air Festival" results,Outdoorpainting.com, Plein Air Magazine, August, 2021

"Painting Indiana Rivers: Using Art to Highlight Conservation" guest blogger for Outdoorpainting.com

"Historic Indiana en Plein Air," 2020 broadcast WFYI Curious Mix, Jill Ditmore, artwork minute 2:43

"FWAG: Avon Waters introduces pastels, Public Access TV, February, 2020, 1:24min.

Interview, Fusion Arts Alliance podcast, 2020

Little Calumet River Basin, Radio talk show, WLTH, AM1370, minute 29, 10/19/2020, Painting Indiana Rivers

Art Prof, YouTube live critiques, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, June, 2019

NUVO "60wrd/mn Art Critic Reviews 30 Artists", May 7, 2019

Guest on "Patty's Page," Fort Wayne Public Access, art demonstration and interview, 2017
“Lakefront Art Fair Opens” A1 full page image of Pines by Avon Waters, 2008
"Converse man helps launch art careers of students," Peru Tribune, pg. 1, Sept., 15, 1999.
"Avon Waters uses color to find peace," by Ann Hubbard, Kokomo Tribune, July 20, 1999.
"Residents receive art show awards," Chronicle-Tribune, Marion, pg. B7, March 11, 1999.
"Converse Artist displays work at Indianapolis," Peru Tribune, November 27, 1998.
"Pricing", Art Calendar, Maryland, October 1996.
"Gallery Town Meeting," Art Calendar, Maryland, February, 1996
"Miami County artist to display work," Peru Tribune, November 2, 1995.
"Waters schedules showing in Indy," Oak Hill Times, November 9, 1995.
Annual Logansport Art Association Exhibition, Logansport, IN, 2016
Artist Residency Award, Stutz artist community, Indianapolis, 1996.

2021 Judges Choice award, Northern Indiana Pastel Society, Niles, MI

          Best Use of Pastel Medium, Red Wing Gallery, Redwing, MN

2019  First Place, drawing/pastel, TC Steel Fall Great American Paint out, Oct. Nashville, IN

2018  Northern Indiana Pastel Society, Judges choice, Donaldson, IN -Sept.

           Quick Draw painting competition award, First Brush of Spring, New Harmony, IN

           Northern Indiana Pastel Society, Judges choice, South Bend, IN -- March
2017  Third Place, spring TC Steel, Pastel, Nashville, IN
2014   Second Place, Kokomo Art Association, Kokomo, IN
2008   First Place oil painting, Paradise Art Festival, Wabash, IN
2007   First Place oil painting, Paradise Art Festival, Wabash, IN
1999   Second Place oil painting, Honeywell Center, Nine County Art Show, Wabash, IN.
Association memberships

2019-January 2021, President, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association

2018- vice president, Indiana Plien Air Painters Association
Lifetime member -- Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, IPAPA Board of Directors, 2017-present
Artworks Gallery, cooperative, board of directors Kokomo Art Association, Kokomo, IN, 2015
The Anderson Center for the Arts

Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Hoosier Salon

Richmond Museum of Art
Stutz Artist Association, Founding member -- 1992-1999


2021 Carol King-Mertz, pastel, New Harmony, IN

2020- present Carol Strock-Wasson, ongoing pastel workshop

2018   Terrance Coffman, abstraction workshop

2018  Katherine Neuman, pastel, Chicago, IL
2017   Donna Short, private Instruction
2017   Mary Ann Davis, private instruction
2016   Troy Kilgore, Plein Air Workshop,
2015   Rebeca Pittman, Workshop, recombinant drawing techniques
2014   Klein Artist Works, 12-week workshop, career development
2003   Ball State University, Muncie, IN., Master's of Arts
1996   Robert Huffman painting at the Dunes workshop
1988   Indiana University, BA.
Gallery Representation

2020-present, Paradigm Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN

2020 -- Year long popup gallery at Jefferson Point Mall, FWAG, Fort Wayne, IN

2018-2020 Indiana and Friends Gallery, Wabash, IN

2015 – 2016: The Artworks Gallery, 210 N. Main St., Kokomo, Indiana
2008-2011 Paul Henry Art Gallery, Hammond, IN