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Artist Allan Butt

About Allan

Allan Butt is an award-winning artist who maintains his studio in Concord, North Carolina. His paintings have gathered a lengthy list of awards, both nationally and internationally. His paintings have been included in invitationals and exhibits in Greece and Italy and in publications such as Our State Magazine,  Splash! 23 and Splash! 24 and the French publication, "The Art of Watercolour", which is distributed to 36 countries. His paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections in the United States and in Europe. 


Allan Butt’s artwork ranges in subject matter from still life to urban scenes. His medium is diverse, including watercolor, oil, and casein. When he sees something that catches his eye, he knows instinctively what medium he should use to capture the moment, the scene or the feeling that the subject matter is conveying to him.


Allan became interested in painting after graduating from high school. His vision to use art as a means of expressing his point of view about life began when he painted his first work of art using the medium of oil. He then transitioned to watercolor, buying books and materials in his quest to teach himself how to paint. After spending years teaching himself how to paint, he attended Mobile College (now The University of Mobile) in Mobile, Alabama, where he He graduated in 1985 with a B.A. Degree, concentrating in art, (at the prompting of the chair of the art department-Mac Clark) and psychology. He received "The Special Recognition Award in Art" from Dean Hazel Peterson and Mac Clark. He was also a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for psychology majors.


After graduating from college, he began intensive self-study in fine art, focusing on the techniques of early American masters such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth. He developed his own individualized style based on his expertise using color, composition, and contrast. 


His work has been juried into national and international exhibitions and it has been shown in numerous group and one person shows. He is a Signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, the Georgia Watercolor Society and  the Illinois Watercolor Society. He is a member of the Southern Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of Alabama, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society  and an associate member of the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society. He is the current President of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.

 

As an artist, Allan is constantly observing the world around him, the nuances of color,  forms, and contrasts. It is these intricacies of life that Allan seeks  to display through the lens of his art. 

Achievements and Awards
Achievements & Awards
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Alan Butt with Stan Miller

Allan Butt accepting First Place

Award from Stan Miller at the

2019 Watercolor Society of 

North Carolina Annual Juried

Exhibition

 Splash Summer 2022 Edition 

My painting "Apres le DeJuener" was selected as one of the runners up in the Splash 23 art competition. Grateful to have been selected. Thank you Splash 23!!

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Allan Butt accepting Second Place

Award from Don Andrews at the

2022 Watercolor Society of 

North Carolina Annual Juried

Exhibition. Photo by Richard Crowell

2024
  • Lenin Delsol, the juror for the Illinois Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2024, has chosen my painting, "Floaties"  to receive the Director’s Choice Award.  The award was selected by Letha Catalina, Executive Director of the Next Picture Show Gallery. Special Thanks to Lenin Delsol and Letha Catalina for awarding my painting  "The Directors Choice Award"

  • My painting "the Corner Table" has been accepted into the 83rd Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition. Many thanks to Juror of selection, Matthew Bird.

  • "Union Jacked" was selected for the 2024 47th Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition by prestigious juror, Lynn D. Pratt, out of 282 paintings. 

  • “Grapes and Pears” was awarded by Eudes Correia to receive the M. Graham & Co. Award at the 45th National GWS Exhibition. His award was also sponsored by Louisiana Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and Rosemary & Co Brushes. Thank you Eudes Correia and the folks at Georgia Watercolor Society!!
  • My painting "Sunnyside Up!" was juried into the Louisiana Watercolor Society's 54th Annual International Exhibition. Thank you to juror, Kathleen Giles 122 paintings chosen out of 350.
  • My painting "Floaties" has been selected by show judge Lenin Delsol for inclusion into the Illinois Watercolor Society 40th National Exhibition 2024. Thank you Lenin Delsol!
  • Juried into the South Carolina Watermedia Society's 2024 Spring Online Digital Exhibition, painting "Grapes & Pears I"
  • My watercolor "Grapes & Pears" has been selected for the 2024 Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition by prestigious juror Eudes Correia amongst 421 images submitted
  • My painting,  "Apples & Plums"" was invited for inclusion in the Fabriano in Watercolor 2024 International Exhibition in Bologna, Italy (April 26-28),  and then it will travel to Fort Worth , TX, USA (Oct 14-18), along with many other amazing artists representing the USA as well as those from 70 countries around the world.
  • "Cherries & Strawberries" was juried into the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Online Members Show 2024.
2023 
  • Platinum Award (First Place) was awarded to my painting, "Apres le Dejeuner" in the 46th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition. Many thanks to the Juror, Kathleen Giles, the Exhibition Chairman and Board members who put this amazing exhibition on, in Panama,City, Fl.
  • The J. David Davidson Exemplary Service Award was given to my painting "Floaties" in the 2023 National Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of Alabama. Thank you to the Selection judge Thomas Schaller , the Award Judge Lorraine Watry and the Board of WSA!
  • Two of my paintings were selected for the Art of Watercolor Magazine (France) 49th Issue artists competition.
  • I was invited to participate in the Watercolor International-6- Greece Exhibition, in Thessaloniki. My painting, "Apples & Plums"  was entered.
  • Juried into 46th Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition. Thanks to the juror, Kathleen Giles, who selected my painting, "Apres le Dejeuner" for inclusion in the exhibition.
  • My painting, "Grapes & Pears" was accepted into the 2023 39th National Exhibition of the Illinois Watercolor Society . With this acceptance I was awarded Signature status! Many thanks to Ken Call, National Show Chair and Beth Shadur, Juror of Selection and Awards.
  • My painting, "Floaties" was accepted into the 2023 National Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of Alabama. Jury of Selection was Thomas Schaller. Thank you Thomas Schaller!
  • My painting, "The Ceiling of the Pantheon" was accepted into the 2023 National Exhibition of the Georgia Watercolor Society. Juried by John Salminen. Thank you John Salminen!
  • My painting, "Sunnyside Up!" has been selected as a FINALIST by special awards juror, Jean Haines, in the Splash 24: The Best of Watercolor art competition!

  • As a finalist, my artwork will be published in a special issue of Artists Magazine set to hit newsstands in July 2023.

  • My painting, "Umbrellas & Tables" was invited for inclusion in the Fabriano in Watercolor 2023 Exhibition in Bologna, Italy., along with 45 other amazing artists representing the USA as well as those from 70 countries around the world.

  • "Sunnyside Up!" Won a Commendation Award in the International Watercolor Society--Greece-2nd Online International Exhibition. Thanks again to George Politis and the Jurors for this honor.

2022

  • "Sunnyside Up!" was Juried into the International Watercolor Society--Greece-2nd Online International Exhibition. Thanks to George Politis and the Jurors for this honor.

  • Winner of the Award of Excellence (Best in Show) in the Watercolor Society of Alabama National Online Exhibition, for painting "Strawberries & Cherries". Thank you to Judge  Kathy Sheppard.

  • Winner of the 2nd Place Award, "Sunnyside Up!" 2022 Annual Juried Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Thank you to Juror Don Andrews for selecting my painting .

  • Voted President of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Special thanks to all the members and outgoing president Peggy Saporito, for selecting me as their new president!

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  • Winner of the "Free Spirit Watercolor Award". "Paris: Apres le Dejeuner" was selected by Award Judge Stewart White in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 43rd Annual International Juried Exhibition. Out of 540 entries submitted by 303 artists, 102 were selected. Thank you to Juror Anne Abgott for selecting my painting and to Stewart White for the award in the exhibit.

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  •  "Paris: Apres le Dejeuner" was selected for the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 43rd  Annual International Juried Exhibition. Out of 540 entries submitted by 303 artists.  Juror Anne Abgott selected 102 works for the online exhibit.

  • Watercolor International -Greece, Online Juried Exhibition 2022 -3rd Place Award for "Paris: Apres  le DeJeuner" .

  • Watercolor International -Greece, Online Juried Exhibition 2022 selected "Paris: Apres  le DeJeuner" to be included in the Exhibition.
  • "Paris: the Ceiling of the Pantheon" won the Charles Strissel Memorial Award, in the Illinois Watercolor Society 38th National Exhibition 2022. Juror Michael Ireland said of the painting, "A graceful and elegant piece of work. This is a wonderful showing of highly honed tracking skills and a meticulous painting capability." Thanks to Michael Ireland for the award and kind words, and to all the Board members of the Illinois Watercolor Society!
  • "Paris: the Ceiling of the Pantheon",  has been selected by show judge Michael Ireland for inclusion into the Illinois Watercolor Society 38th National Exhibition 2022. 
  • "Paris: the Waiter". First Place Winner of the Western Region Members Award.  Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Members Online Juried Exhibition
  • Juried into the Georgia Watercolor 2022 National Juried Exhibition for  "Paris: Apres le Dejuerner"
 
2021
  • "Paris: the Red Hat". Winner of the Western Region Members Award. Achieved Silver Status in the WSNC. Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Annual Juried Exhibition.  
  •  "Apres le Dejuerner (After Lunch)", has been selected as a FINALIST by the special awards juror, Mary Whyte, in the Splash 23: The Best of Watercolor art competition! My painting will be published in the special issue print set to hit newstand mid-2022. 
  • Juried into the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 42nd Annual International Juried Exhibition for "Floaties"
  • Juried into the North East Watercolor Society 45th International Exhibition, for  "Paris: Apres le Djuerner".
  • Featured "Artist of the Month" North By Northwest Consulting Publication. https://nxnwconsulting.com/2021/06/30/artist-of-the-month-allan-butt/
  • Juried into the 2021 Watercolor Society of North Carolina Annual Juried Exhibition-"Paris: The Red Hat"
  • Holbein USA Award for "The Trolley Driver"Southern Watercolor Society 44th Annual Exhibition. Judge was David Smith.
  • Juried into the Southern Watercolor Society 44th Annual Exhibition. Gadsden Arts Center & Museum,  Quincy, Florida.  "The Trolley Driver"
  • Juried into the Western Federation Watercolor Society 46th Annual Exhibition in West Valley, Utah. "Paris: Pont Alexandre III"
  • Juried into the 154th American Watercolor Society Annual International      Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, New York City." Apres le Dejeuner" (After Lunch)
 
2020
  • First Place Award  Watercolor Society of North Carolina 2020 Annual Juried    Exhibition "Paris: Apres le Dejeuner" (After Lunch). Judge and Juror internationally known artist Soon Warren.
  • Award Judge for the Rock School Art Foundation Open Art Competition in    Valdese, North Carolina.
  •   Award of Excellence I Illinois Watercolor Society. 36th National Exhibition,      "The Trolley Driver"
  • Juried into the Illinois Watercolor Society 36th National Exhibition, "The Trolley Driver"

  • Juried into the Georgia Watercolor Society 2020 National Exhibition, "Union Jacked"

  • Awarded Signature Status in Georgia Watercolor Society

  •  Painting "Skyline of Charlotte" featured in February issue of Our State Magazine.
 
2019
  • First Place Award Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Annual Juried Exhibition, "Union Jacked." Judge Stan Miller.

  • Awarded Signature Status in North Carolina Watercolor Society. 

  • Juried into the Southern Watercolor Society 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition, "The Tourist: London Museum"

  • Juried into the Georgia Watercolor Society 2019 National Exhibition, "Apples & Plums"

 
2018
  • One Man Show Popp Martin Gallery, University of North Carolina Charlotte.

  • Best in Show - Mooresville Art Guild 40th Anniversary Spring Juried Show

  •  First Place Watercolor - Mooresville Art Guild 40th Anniversary Spring Juried Show

  • First Place - Artists Choice Award, Western Region WSNC Art Show

  •  APT Critique Group Award - San Diego Watercolor Society 38th International Exhibition, "The Tourist-London Museum" Thank you to Juror John Salminen.

  • Elected Co-Director Western Region Watercolor Society of North Carolina

  • Juried into the Watercolor Society of North Carolina's 73rd Annual Juried Exhibit

 
2017
  • Juried into the Georgia Watercolor Society 38th National Exhibition, ”The Lantern Shop”

  • Juried into the Watercolor Society of North Carolina 72nd Art Exhibition, “Bruno Mars @ the Midnite Diner”

  • Juried into the Pennsylvania Online Members Show, “Italian Gardens, Kensington”

 

2014
  • Juried into the 15th  Annual Energen Art Competition, “Billy Goat Hole”

2012
  • Best Aqua Medium, WGAS, Mobile Arts Council, "Along the Silk Road: A Farm"

 

2011
  • Best Aqua Medium, WGAS, Ruth S. Bruckmaum Memorial Award, "The Green Roof"

 

2010
  • Ann Chatel Memorial Best in Show - WGAS, Spring Juried Show, "City Reflections" 

  • Best in Show - Mobile Art Association, Oil, "Red Pears"

  • Mobile Museum of Art : Local Artists of Mobile  Exhibition - "Venice Sunset"

2009
  • Alabama Art Supply Award - Mobile Museum of Art, Shared Expressions Exhibit, "Canal Sunset"

  • Southern Art and Frame Shop Award - Mobile Art Association, Spring Show, "The Pastel Bridge "

  • 2nd Place - University of Mobile Art Show, Regional Juried, "Umbrellas"

  • The Frame Shop and Gallery Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society, Shared Expressions Show, Mobile Museum of Art, "Sunset on the Canal"

  • Best in Show - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society, Spring Juried Show, "The Three Waiters"

 

2008
  • Best in Show - 60th Anniversary Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society Show, Juried Show Fall/Winter "Cinque Terra"

  • Featured in Japanese magazine Megumi no Ame (Showers of Blessing) in a 2-page article

 

2006
  • Featured in Mobile Bay Monthly in 3-page article, February Issue

  • Featured in The Alabama Baptist State Newspaper in full page article entitled "Mobile Painter Combines Love of Art with Ministry", January 19
     

2005
  • AmSouth Bank Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile Juried Show, "Vase of Tulips"

 

2004
  • Juried into Southeastern Juried Exhibition Mobile, Museum of Art, "Iron Shadows"

 

2003
  • Best in Show - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society Show, "The Persian Rug"

  • Juried into "Art with a Southern Drawl" University Of Mobile-"Iron Shadows"

2002
  • Juried into Energen Corporation Art Competition Regional Show

  • Merit Award - Art with a Southern Drawl Regional Show, "Yellow Chairs"

 

2001
  • Publish Lighthouses of Alabama, Limited Edition Prints of Sand Island and Middle Bay Lighthouses

  • One Man Show - The Bay Rivers Art Guild, Mobile, Alabama

  • Elected 3rd Term President of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile

  • Juried into Art with a Southern Drawl Regional Show, "Girl with a Mango"

 

2000
  • Juried into the Watercolor Society of Alabama Members Show, "Girl with a Mango"

  • 2nd Place - The Thompson Engineering and Testing Award, Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile, Juried Show

  • The Artists Choice Award - Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Art Competition, "Purple Cows"

  • Commissioned by Jireh Publishing International to paint 60 United States Lighthouses

  • Elected 2nd Term President of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile

  • Craftmasters Printers Award - 59th National Exhibition Watercolor Society of Alabama, "Fire Island"
     

1999
  • Dick Blick Art Supply Company Award - Watercolor and Graphic Art Society, Juried Show

  • Audubon Society Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society, Juried Show

  • One Man Show, Victorian Teal Gallery, Mobile, Alabama

  • Juried Member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama

  • Elected President of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile

  • Juried into 58th National Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, "French Horn"

 

1998
  • Leonard White Memorial Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile, Juried Show

  • 3rd Place Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile, Juried Show

  • One Man Show - Performing Arts Center, Foley, Alabama

 

1997
  • 3rd Place Award - Pride Arts Competition, Chamber of Commerce

  • AmSouth Bank Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile, Juried Show

  • 2nd Place Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile, Juried ShowFried inti

  • One Man Show - University of Mobile, Donald Gallery, Mobile, Alabama

 

1996

  • AmSouth Bank Award - Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile, Juried Show

  • Arts Patrons League Award - Outdoors Arts and Crafts Show, Juried Show

1995
  • First Place Watercolor Award - Baldwin Country Humane Society Art Show, Grand Hotel

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