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Dean Mitchell 

(American, b. 1957)


Available Works by Dean Mitchell 


Artist Biography

Dean Mitchell is one of the most important living artists in the United States today.  His technical skill is unsurpassed, and the emotional impact of his work is unforgettable. 

During his four-decade-long career, he has been recognized with hundreds of awards.  His work is featured in museums, corporate and private collections throughout the Country, and New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman praised him as a “modern-day Vermeer.”

Mitchell’s unique voice reflects the American landscape – both geographic and personal – more keenly than any other painter.  With searing insights into the human experience, he gives us a clearer picture of ourselves – beautiful, flawed and compelling – painted with an unflinching eye.  

Born in Pittsburg and raised by his grandmother in Quincy, Florida, Dean’s talent asserted itself despite the adverse conditions of his early life.  As a student, he began winning recognition for his raw abilities.  His grandmother along with two other important mentors encouraged his aspirations.  Teacher Tom Harris and a local art aficionado, Irene Luttrell, both helped affirm his choice to pursue art as a serious vocation when all others warned him against the many pitfalls. 

Dean won a scholarship to and graduated from the Columbus School of Art & Design in Columbus, OH.  His successful international career has been distinguished by groundbreaking achievements and upended stereotypes.  At the age of twenty-three, he became the youngest artist ever accepted into the National Watercolor Society; just five years later he was admitted into the American Watercolor Society.  He holds numerous gold medals from these and other prestigious painting associations worldwide; his awards now number in the hundreds. 

Museum and Corporate Collections: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas; The Autry National Center, Los Angeles; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Gadsden Art Center Quincy, Florida; Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; The Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Popular Bluff, Missouri; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; and the Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

Recent Awards:
(Dean has won over 400 awards during his career as a professional artist)

2016
Southern Watercolor Society 39th Annual Exhibition - Gold Award
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition - Best in Show
Signature American Watermedia Exhibition - First Place
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors - The Morrison Family Award
Florida Watercolor Society 45th Annual Exhibition - Margaret Cornish Debarba Award
San Diego Watercolor Society 36th International Exhibition - Second Place
National Watercolor Society 96th International Exhibition - Master's Award
Shenzhen International Watercolor Small Image Exchange Exhibition - China Baiqi Award
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 41st Annual Exhibition - Skyledge Award

2015
Transparent Watercolor Society of America - Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Award
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors - Judge's Choice Award
Florida Watercolor Society 44th Annual Exhibition - The Societies Award
Southern Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibition - Bronze Award
Miniature Art Society of Florida 41st International Show - First Place Transparent Watercolor
The Art Renewal Center/ARC Internal Competition - Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award
Alaska Watercolor Society Exhibition - Best In Show
Prix De West - Robert Lougheed Memorial Award
Prix De West - Donald Teague Award for Best Work on Paper
American Watercolor Society Exhibition - Gold Medal

2014
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition - First Place
Buffalo Bill Art Show - Purchase Prize Award
Huntsville Museum’s 24th Annual Gala – Featured Artist
Qingdai Modern Art Museum - International Watercolor Exhibition

2013
Florida Watercolor Society 42nd Annual Exhibition – The Winslow Homer Award
Kentucky Watercolor Society 36th Annual National Exhibition – First Prize
American Artist Professional League 85th Grand National Exhibition – Winsor & Newton Award
American Watercolor Society 146th Annual Exhibition – Walser Greathouse Medal
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 25th Tri-State Juried Exhibition – Silver Award
Southern Watercolor Society 36th Annual Juried Exhibition – Best in Show
Pikes Peak Watercolor Society International Watermedia 2013 Legacy Best in Show – Gold Award
Mississippi Watercolor Society 28th Grand National Exhibition – Second Place
Keystone National 2013 Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper – Rose & Don Klaiber Memorial Award
Watercolor Missouri International 2013 – Award of Excellence
Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd National Exhibition – Board of Directors Award
National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic 59th Annual Juried Exhibition – Jody & Elias Newman Memorial Award
37th National Exhibition Transparent Watercolor Society of America – John C. Dioszegi Memorial Award
Miniature Art Society of Florida 38th International Exhibition – Third Transparent Watercolor
The 80th International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. – First Place Water media
Kansas Watercolor Society Best in Show – Nestor Weigand Jr. Patron Purchase Award
West Select Phoenix Art Museum Invitational – Silver Award Works on Paper
Masters of the American West – Autry National Center Award for Watercolor

2012
Miniature Art Society of Florida 37th Annual International Exhibition – Judge's Second Choice
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 2012 Brush Strokes Exhibition – Award of Excellence
Watercolor Society of Alabama 71st National Exhibition – Patron's Fine Art Award
Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous USA 2012 KWS Award - Second Place
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 36th Annual Exhibition – Donors Award
Southern Watercolor Society 35th Annual Exhibition – Donors Award
Adirondacks 2012 National Exhibition of American Watercolors – The W.B. Romeling Memorial Award
American Watercolor Society 145th International Exhibition – Margery Soroka Memorial Award
National Watercolor Society 92nd Annual Exhibition – Past President Award
41st Annual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition – Guy Beattie Award
Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition – Award of Excellence
Philadelphia Watercolor Society 112th Anniversary International Exhibition – Bellows Memorial Award
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 24th Tri-state – Silver Award
West Select Gold Award for Best Work on Paper (Museum Purchase) – Best in Show
Masters of the American West 2012 – Autry National Center Award for Watercolor
Kansas Watercolor Society – Cash Award and Patrons Purchase Award
Miniature Art Society of Washington D.C. – First in Watercolor

2011
Florida Watercolor Society 40th Anniversary Exhibition 2011 – Winslow Homer Award
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 23rd Tri-State Exhibition – Award of Excellence
Adirondacks 30th National Exhibition of America Watercolors – Forest Runes Award
Southern Watercolor Society 34th Annual Exhibition – Watercolor Society of Georgia Award
Keystone National 2011 Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper – Best of Show
111th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works On Paper – Delphine Poussot Award for Best Rendering of Light
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2011 – Best in Show
Western Select – Silver Award (work on paper)
Masters of the American West – Autry National Center Award for Watercolor
National Watercolor Society 91st Annual Exhibition – Alice Leonard Memorial Award

2010
Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition – Third Place
Paint America 2009 – Grand Purchase Award Miniature Category
Southern Watercolor Society 33rd Annual Exhibition – Bronze Award
American Watercolor Society 143rd Annual Exhibition NY – Silver Medal
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 21st Tri-State Exhibition – Gold Award
The 29th Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors – The Beechmont First & Gold Medallion
Florida Watercolor Society Non-members Show – First Place
The American Artist Professional League 82nd Grand National Exhibition – Winsor Newton Award
National Watercolor Society 90th Annual Exhibition – The Past Presidents Award
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 34th Annual National Exhibition – John Dioszegi Memorial Award
Salmagundi 33rd Annual Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition for Non-members – Dale Meyer's Medal Award for Watercolor
Florida Watercolor Society 39th Annual Exhibition – Guy Beattie Award
Keystone National 2010 Exhibition of Works on Paper – First Place
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2010 – Nestor Weigand JR. Purchase Award

2009
Southern Watercolor Society 32nd Annual – Best in Show
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 21st Tri-State Exhibition – Best in Show
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 33rd National Exhibition – John Singer Sargent Award
Salmagundi Club 32nd Annual Non-Members Exhibition – Forbes Magazine Award
Florida Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibition – Guy Beattie Award
California Watercolor Association 40th National Exhibition – CWA Signature Members Award III
Watercolor West 41st Annual Exhibition – M Graham Company Award
Miniature Painters, Sculptors/Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. 76th Annual International Exhibition – Second Place Portraiture
Allied Artists of America 96th Annual Exhibition – Dale Meyers Cooper Medal for Watercolor
Keystone National 2009 Juried Works on Paper Exhibition – Phantom Canyon Ranch and Col Arts Americas Award
American Artist Professional League 81st Grand National Exhibition NY – Alma M Preede Memorial Award
Miniature Art Society of Florida 35th Annual International Exhibition – Second Place
Philadelphia Watercolor Society 109th Annual International Exhibition of Works on Paper – Newman Galleries Award for Excellence
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition – Charles & Ruth Sanderson Memorial Award
Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous USA 2009 Preston Art Center – Cuthberts Mill/Silver Brush Limited Award

2008
Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition – Award of Excellence
Seaside Art Gallery 17th International Miniature Art Show, Nags Head, N.C. – First Place
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 27th Annual – Sallie and Gannon Kashiwa Award
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. 75th International Fine Arts Miniature – Third Place Water media
Salmagundi Club 32nd Annual Non-Member's Exhibition NY – Thomas Moran Memorial Award
American Artist Professional League 80th Grand National Exhibition – Frank C Wright Medal of Honor Watermedia


Interviews

Clip from a documentary that is being developed about artist Dean Mitchell, known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes.

Western Reserve Public Media showcases the work of award-winning artist Dean Mitchell with a half-hour program spotlighting his exhibition "Dean Mitchell: Space, People and Places" at the Canton Museum of Art.