May I Introduce John Salminen?

Champs Elysees by John Salminen, watercolor painting.
Champs Elysees by John Salminen, watercolor painting.

John Salminen: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

John Salminen was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. He lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota, with his wife, Kathy. Salminen is a signature member of numerous art societies, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, The Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Allied Artists, and Watercolor West.  He has been appointed an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China. In addition, he has been honored with Master Status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and inclusion in the American Watercolor Society's Dolphin Fellowship.

Salminen has won more than 175 awards in national and international exhibitions for his watercolor paintings, including many major awards from the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the New England Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, and Watercolor West. He won the first place award in the National Watercolor Society Exhibition 2005 and the American Watercolor Society Exhibition 2006. His work has been exhibited in the National Academy exhibition in New York City.

Salminen is a frequent juror of national shows. He has served as the Juror of Selection for both the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition and the National Watercolor Society International Exhibition as well as Awards Judge for the American Watercolor Society Exhibition. He served as Judge of Awards for the annual competitions of The Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Magic in the landscape and experimental categories. While perhaps best known for his realistic urban landscapes, Salminen has also gained recognition for his mixed-media abstract paintings, one of which won first place in The Artist's Magazine's art competition in the experimental category judged by Edward Betts. He has taught workshops across the country for many years and has produced two instructional DVDs through Creative Catalyst.             

His work has been featured in many national and international magazines, including American Artist, Watercolor,The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Artist, the British publication The Artist, and International Artist as well as in many books. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art and in Who's Who in America. Salminen is represented by the American Legacy Gallery, in Kansas City, and the San Marino Gallery, in Pasadena, California. For more information on Salminen, visit his website.

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