Artist Rebecca Latham was awarded the “The Manny Sullivan Memorial Award for Excellence”, second in show, for her finely detailed miniature watercolor painting “Bashful – Mute Swan”. Her piece was chosen from 712 artworks entered in the international (MPSGS) Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.'s '73rd Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts Miniatures held at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland. The international exhibition is held annually and draws miniature art enthusiasts and artists from near and far. “This is such an honor.” Says artist, Rebecca Latham. “It is taking a bit to get used to, being recognized for your work with an award of this scale.” It is unique for an artist to merit such a prestigious award at her age, being only in her 20's.
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society is one of the oldest in the world, the oldest active society in the United States. The MPSGS society was founded in 1931 by Alyn Williams, Founder of the Royal Miniature Society (RMS) in London, England. The organization is highly respected in the field of miniature arts. The MPSGS miniature art society was chosen to host the “Third World Exhibition” which was held at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. in July of 2004, an exhibition that Rebecca Latham's miniature artwork was also featured in.
Rebecca will be honored at an awards ceremony for her achievement during the opening weekend of the exhibition. The society will also be hosting a Collectors Opening and Exhibition Opening for the public to attend at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda.
Rebecca Latham (lathamstudios.com) is a realistic wildlife and nature painter working in finely detailed watercolors. Her works range from large scale formats to miniature paintings. The artist's artwork and paintings are exhibited extensively in galleries and shows across the United States and abroad and have been featured in institutions such as the Smithsonian. She holds memberships in numerous prestigious fine art societies around the world. Throughout her career as an international wildlife artist, she has raised thousands of dollars for wildlife and conservation. Through her artwork and paintings, she hopes to bring the beauty of wildlife and wild places to the public and increase awareness of the need to protect it.