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John T. Salminen NWS, AWS.DF
John Salminen earned his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota. He lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota where he taught high school for 32 years.
John is a signature member of numerous art societies, including the American Watercolor Society, The National Watcolor Society, the Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Allied Artist and Watercolor West. He has been honored with Master Status in TWSA and inclusion in the American Watercolor Society's Dolphin Fellowship. He is an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China and is the first American honored with inclusion in the Australian Watercolour Institute.
John has won more than 200 awards in national and international exhibitions, including the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal in both 2006 and 2010, the Silver Star First Place Award in the National Watercolor Society Exhibition in both 2005 and 2011, the Skyledge First Place Award in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibition in 2010 and 2012, the Silver Medal of Honor in the Allied Artists 2009 Exhibition and the Gold Medal of Honor in the Allied 2011 Exhibition. He won the Biennial Award in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial in 2010 and was invited to Shanghai to accept the award. Later in 2010, John represented the United States in the Lushan Mountain Watercolor Festival in China. He was the invited American Artist in the recent Australia Watercolour Institute Exhibition. His work has been exhibited in exhibitions throughout the United States, Asia and Australia. He was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Depot Foundation in Duluth.
John is a frequent juror of national and international shows. He has served as Juror of Selection for both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and twice as Awards Judge for the American Watercolor Society. He was the Judge of Awards for the Annual Competition of the Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Magic.
While perhaps best known for his realistic urban landscapes, John has also gained recognition for his mixed medium abstract paintings, one of which won first place in The Artist’s Magazine’s Art competition in the experimental category.
John's work has been featured in many national and international magazines and books, including most recently L'Art de L'Aquarelle, the Chinese Watercolor Journal, L'Art de L'Aquarelle - le LIvre, The Chinese book Inspirations: Secrets from Contemporary International Watercolor Masters, and Art Journey America, Landscape. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and in Who’s Who in America. He has released two instructional dvd's through Creative Catalyst Productions.
John is represented by the Stremmel Gallery in Reno, Nevada and the Newman and Saunders Gallery in Pennsylvania.