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Watercolor Earns Museum Show's Honor

The painter is a local native. Artist member Thomas Harwood has earned the Le Miller People’s Choice Award from the Springfield Museum of Art’s 68th Annual Juried Members Exhibition.

Harwood’s watercolor painting “Eliot Road Bridge” took the prize from nearly 200 submissions from 160 artists. This was an increase in submissions over the past two years, said museum operations manager Eve Fleck.

The various competing works are voted on by museum visitors.

“The Annual Juried Members exhibition is a long-standing program of the Museum and a significant way our artist members participate with us in sharing their art with museum audiences,” said museum Executive Director Ann Fortescue.

Harwood is a Springfield native now residing in Niles, Ohio, who enjoys keeping his association with the Museum of Art, in which he was active for several years. The Eliot Road Bridge, located in Northeast, Ohio, is a favorite art subject of Harwood’s.

“It’s an honor to receive this award. I would like to complement the entire show,” said Harwood, an impressionist painter who enjoys doing American Midwest subjects in watercolors and oils.

The People’s Choice Award is named for Le Miller, a longtime art instructor in the Springfield Museum of Art’s education program.

“Eliot Road Bridge” will be on display in the museum’s McGregor Gallery through Saturday.

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