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Douglas Wiltraut


b. 1951

Douglas Wiltraut, one of America's foremost painters in egg tempera and dry brush watercolor graduated from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA with a BFA in Painting in 1973. Currently the President of the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Inc., he has been the recipient of the Butler Institute of American Art Award, the Today’s Art Medal, the Knickerbocker Artists Gold and Silver Medals of Honor and four time recipient of the Ralph Fabri Medal. In 1999 he was awarded the Adirondacks Wilderness Award with the Rouse Gold Medallion followed by the Trails & Streams Medal in 2000, both in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. He was the subject of a feature article on egg tempera painting in both American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine and his acrylic paintings were discussed in an article in Palette Talk. He conducted the Brandywine Workshop in egg tempera painting for American Artist magazine and his work was included in the American Artist Golden Anniversary Exhibition and the Berman Museum of Art Inaugural Exhibition. In 1998 he received the Arts Ovation Award from the City of Allentown.

In 1999 he received the Crest Medal from the Philadelphia Watercolor Club for lifetime achievement and most recently was presented with the Sylvan Grouse Medal for lifetime achievement from the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. In 2001 he received the Rothermel Award from the Kutztown Alumni Association for distinguished & notable achievements. In 2010 he was awarded the top watercolor prize, the Macowin Tuttle Memorial Award, in the 127th Annual Members Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club for his painting “Old Salt.” Louise C. Nemeth Memorial  Award in the 58th Annual Exhibition of the National Society of  Painters in Casein & Acrylic at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, 2012.  He is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Audubon Artists, Allied Artists of America, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Examples of his work can currently be seen in nine books including “How To Discover Your Personal Painting Style” by David P. Richards and “The Artist’s Illustrated Encyclopedia” by Phil Metzger. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and his work is included in private, corporate and museum collections.