Elga Dzirkalis is an award wining watercolor artist. Her painting “Sharon in the Studio” won National Watercolor Society’s Dana Bartlett Award and an Honor Award for her painting of “Saint Mark’s Square” in the 58th Aqueous Open International, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.

She is a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Her work has been shown in national and international juried exhibitions sponsored by the National Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Taos National Watercolor Society, Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society and the Santa Cruz Art League.

  • 2006 Signature Membership, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
  • 2004 Dana Bartlett Award, National Watercolor Society
  • 2004 Honor Award, Aqueous Open 58th International, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society
  • 2000 Travel Grant to Paint in Venice, Italy University of Pittsburgh Faculty Development Grant to study at the Scuola di Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
  • 1996 Travel Grant to Paint in Venice, Italy University of Pittsburgh Faculty Development Grant

National and International Juried Exhibitions

  •  2009 National Watercolor Society 89th National Exhibition,
    Brea Art Center, Brea, CA
  • 2009 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 30th International Exhibition,
    Googleworks Arts Center, Reading, PA
  • 2007  Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolor XI,
    Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
  • 2006 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 27th International Exhibition,
    Mahady Gallery, Visual Arts Center, Scanton, PA
  • 2006 Rhode Island Watercolor Society 13th National Exhibition and Watermedia Competition,
    Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, RI
  • 2005 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 26th International Exhibition,
    Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loreto, PA
  • 2005 Watermedia 2005, Montana Watercolor Society, 23rd National Exhibition,
    Bigfork Art and Cultural Center, Bigfork, MT
  • 2004 Dana Bartlett Award, National Watercolor Society and Philadelphia Watercolor Society,
    Members Exhibition of Works on Paper, Brand Art Center, Glendale, CA
  •  2004 Honor Award, Aqueous Open, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society 58th International Exhibition,
    3rd Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2003 American Figurative, Santa Cruz Art League National Exhibition,
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • 1995 ALMA (American Latvian Artists Association) International Exhibition
    International Images Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1995 Chautauqau Art Association National Exhibition
    Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

 Solo Exhibitions

  • 1998 “Visions of Venice“
    Hanley Library Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA
  • 1993 “Figures and Fragments”
    Hanley Library Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA
  • 1982 “Etchings and Lithography of Elga Dzirkalis”
    Commons Building, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford. PA
  • 1977 “The Drawings and Paintings of Elga Dzirkalis”
    Bradford Art Center, Bradford, PA