Gwen Bragg is an artist and art instructor who lives in Alexandria.  Holding a BS in Art Education and a MFA in Drawing and Painting from James Madison University, she currently teaches watercolor at the Art League School in Alexandria and at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton Virginia.  In addition to workshops held annually at Rehoboth Beach Delaware and Orkney Springs Virginia, almost every year since 1995 she has led an international painting workshop to "some place with interesting architecture, artifacts and rocks" including France, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain and Peru. She is a Signature Member of the National, Virginia and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, as well a Bronze member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama.  She is president of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and a past president of the Potomac Valley Watercolorist.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous international, national and regional shows and is included in the collections of National Institutes of Health, Philip Morris, American Bank, Petersburg Area Art League and the Carrier Library at James Madison University.


Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.

BS Art Education, Madison College 1968
MFA, James Madison University 1988
Workshops with Ranolph Bye, Gary Akers, Robert Wade, Mark Moon, Tony Van Hasselt, Lee Weiss, Charles Reid and others

Teaching Experience
Workhouse Art Center 2008 to present
The Art League School (The Torpedo Factory), Alexandria, Virginia  -- January 1989 to present - instructor, watercolor

Spring and Fall workshops in Rehoboth Beach DE  1996 -- 2012.
Guest instructor, James Madison University Orkney Springs Workshop July 2000, to 2011.  Director Artist Workshop at Orkney Springs 2012 to present.

September 1989 to August 1991 - instructor, watercolor, Maryland College of Art and Design.
Fall Semester 1987 - instructor, Beginning Design, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
1984-87 - instructor, watercolor, Eastern Mennonite College Continuing Education Department, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
1983-87 - instructor in drawing, watercolor, oil painting for the Creative Arts Program of Shenandoah College and Winchester City and Frederick County Recreation Department's continuing education program.
1974-80 - private classes in my home to adults and children in drawing, watercolor, and silk screen printing while living in Zululand, South Africa
1970-73 - art teacher, Parker-Gray Middle School, Alexandria, Virginia
1968-70 - art teacher, George Wythe High School, Richmond, Virginia


Foreign Workshops
Croatia 2008
Italy 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007
Macchu Pichu, Peru 1999
Greece 2002 and 2005
Southern Spain 2003
South Western France 2006, 2010, and 2013

Special Recognition

Full Signature member, National Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama
Signature Member Virginia Watercolor Society – State President  beginning 2012– Co-President 2009
Potomac Valley Watercolor Society, past president.
Kappa Pi honorary art fraternity
Outstanding Senior Art Award, James Madison University, 1968

Juried Shows
Watercolor USA
Central Virginia  Watercolor Guild ‘12 ’11,
VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA '14,'13, '11, '10
Northwest Watercolor Society ‘12
International Watermedia –Pikes Peak Watercolor Society '13,'12, ‘11
Southern watercolor Society ‘12
Watercolor Society of Alabama '14, '13, ’12, ’11, ’09, '07
International Miniature Show, Smithsonian ‘04
Royal Miniatures Show, London, England  '95
Miniature Painter Sculptors and Gravers Society,'13,’12,’11,’10, ’09,’08,'07, '06, '05, ’04 ’03 ‘02, 01,‘00, '99, '98, '97, '96, '95, '94
Baltimore Watercolor Society '14, '13, '08, '07 Bethesda Maryland '93, '90, Baltimore, Maryland
Rappahannock Realism '87, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Mississippi Watercolor Society Show, Jackson, Mississippi '86
Montana Watercolor Society Exhibition '85, '86
Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Show '85
Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibitions, '14,'13, ’12, ‘11, ’09, '08, '06, ’04, ‘03, ’02, ’00, '99, '98, '97, '95, '93, '92, '91, '90, '89, '88, '87, '86, '84,
National Watercolor Society Exhibitions '84, '85, Brea California
Watercolor East III, DeLand Florida '85
Virginia Watercolor Society Invitational, Hollins College '81
Capitol Hill Art League '93, '92, '91, '90
The Art League (Alexandria VA) numerous shows

Special Shows
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria November 2009 – January 2010
"Virginia Historical Landmarks", Loden Gallery, Midlothian, Virginia, November-December '92
"Visions5", The Art barn, Washington, D.C., July 6 - September 3 '89
"Nostalgia", On-the-Hill, Yorktown, Virginia, October '88
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Show, James Madison University, Sawhill Gallery, March - April '88
"Landscape Invitational", Loden Gallery, Midlothian, Virginia, March '88
"Aqueous 1987", Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, February '87
Staunton Fine Arts Center, Staunton, Virginia, November '85
The Ivy Gallery, Ivy, Virginia, December '85
"Emerging Artists: MFA Candidates of James Madison University", University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, November '83

One Artist Shows
Covington and Burling LLC September -- October 2013
U. S Geological Survey 2011
Gallery West – Alexandria, VA March 2009
Strathmore Hall Art Center, Bethesda MD, 08
The Art League, Alexandria, VA '06
Philip Morris Research and Development Center, Richmond, Virginia, May '92, September '85
Philip Morris Operations Center, Richmond, Virginia, October '92, February '86
Prince Royal Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, May '93, May '91
Denton's Capitol Hill (through the Capitol Hill Art League), February '90
Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia, March '89
Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, Virginia, October '87
National Institutes of Health December, 2013, 1993


Southern Watercolor Society: Bronze Award, '12
Watercolor Society of Alabama: Salis International Award,Jack Richeson &Co., Creative Catalyst '14, Decatur Art Guild Award '13
Virginia Watercolor Society: Virginia Natural Gas Award '90, Northern Virginia Watercolorist Award '88, Helene and Bertrum Schewell Award '86, Grumbacher Silver Medallion '84
Potomac Valley Watercolorists: Best in Show Arlington Arts Center Winter Lights ‘01, Award of excellence Small Works Show, The Art Barn '99, Award of Excellence, Judicial Center Fairfax, Virginia '91, George Mason University Metro Gallery '90
Fairfax Art League: 1st Prize, George Mason University Metro Gallery '89
Capitol Hill Art League: Best in Show, "Rhythms", February '96 Best in Show, Membership Show, September '91
Staunton Fine Arts Association: Award of Merit '88, Judge's Choice '87, '86, '85
National League of Pen Women, Valley Branch: 1st in watercolor '87, '86, '85
Harrisonburg Junior Women's Club: Best in Show '87, '86, '85, and 1st in Watercolor '82
Waynesboro Fall Foliage Festival: Best in Show '86, 2nd in Watercolor '87, Judge's Choice '85, '83
Petersburg Area Art League, Poplar Lawn Art Festival: 1st in Watercolor '84, Award of Merit '87
The Art League of Alexandria: PVW Award –2011, 2009 Scapes, Third Place  - Watercolor - Black and White
Show ‘01,The Gilham Award '90, Watercolor Show Award of Excellence '84, Gilham Award Show Award of Excellence '85
Front Royal Landmark Art Show: Best in Show '81
Winchester Apple Harvest Festival: 1st Place '89, '81
Ivy Gallery: 1st Prize '87

Included in the Collections of
Petersburg Area Art League permanent collection, Richard Bland Community College
Carrier Library collection, James Madison University
Fine Arts Department collection, James Madison University
First American Bank Corporate Collection
Phillip Morris Corporate Collection
The Schewell Collection, Lynchburg, Virginia
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Gallery Representation
The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
The Workhouse, Lorton Art Center -- Lorton Virginia

 Served on the Board of directors of
The Arlington Artist’s Alliance
The Art League

 Served as juror for
Delaware Watercolor Society
Fairfax Art Guild
Arlington Artist Alliance
Springfield Art Guild
League of Reston Artist
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
VMRC Harrisonburg


Artist Magazine
élan Magazine
The Artistic Touch 4 -- Creative Art Press
The Artistic Touch 5 -- North Light Books