American Impressionist Society, also known as AIS, was founded in 1998 as a non profit organization. Four Florida artists formed AIS in honor of their mentor, William J. (Bill) Schultz.  Thanks to the vision of Charlotte M. Dickinson, Marjorie I. Bradley, Pauline S. Ney and William Schultz, AIS has grown to be one of the most respected national art organizations in the country, with over 1,700 members nationwide. 

AIS Artist Retreat

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Sunday, August 30, Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, 2020

AIS members are invited to join together on picturesque Mackinac Island for our inaugural retreat. 

A gathering designed to provide a creative, engaging, and visually stimulating environment for artists to get inspired and energized. Historic architecture, horses, carriages, charming marina and breathtaking views--all iconic Mackinac Island experiences for you to explore.

Registration limited.  As of August 6, only two spots open! 

We will close registration on August 14.

All outdoor events? YES    Masks? YES    Safe distancing? YES

Elizabeth Pollie is our AIS Signature Member Mentor for the retreat.

Mission Point Resort will be our event location.  

Read more about special lodging rates for AIS members.   

Our special rates expired on July 24.

Learn more AND Register

AIS Members may purchase a GUEST Pass if bringing a friend/spouse/partner.  


Call Liz Ahrens, AIS Executive Director  231-881-7685



Awards Juror Ned Mueller AISM

Read a great interview with Ned. 

The call for entries closed on July 22.  

We apologize to artists who experienced difficulties with the Juried Art Services site for entry.  

Questions?  Comments?  

Contact Liz Ahrens AIS Executive Director 231-881-7685

Download Prospectus 



Artists receive 100% of commission!  

All accepted works will be posted in a special AIS online gallery and AIS Facebook pages.  We will link your website to your artwork.   

Accepted juried artists will be announced August 15



Best Impressionist Work/Best of Show: $2,000

First Place for Masters: $750

First Place for Signature Members: $750

First Place for Associate Members: $750

Ten Honorable Mentions: $75 for each


Fine Art Connoisseur is donating a digital ad for

one month on their website--Value $750.

AIS announces  the accepted juried artists of our 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition! 

Download the list of artists here. 

Are you in the show?  Accepted artist shipping/calendar here.

Download the list of AIS Masters, Founders and Board Members participating in the National Exhibition. 

Congratulations to the 185 artists who were juried into our exhibition. We received 1309 entries for considerations by the jurors.  Remember, we have five jurors who score each entry in a blind system. 

Our Awards Judge, William Schneider, will see the work at Illume Gallery in October to make his prize selections.  

We know it is a tremendous disappointment to those of you whose work did not make it into the show this time. Due to space limitations, there are always many deserving works that are not included.

We are grateful for your AIS membership and your participation in entering our shows each year.

Join us at the 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition Opening Week

William Schneider AISM  Judge of Awards 

Enroll in "Loosen Up!"  

Two day workshop with William Schneider

October 20-21 in St. George, Utah

AIS is delighted to have the following AIS Masters, Officers, Board Members and Founders participate in the 21st Annual National Exhibition. A separate document will be released with details of their work.

AIS Founders: Charlotte Dickinson AIS and Pauline Ney AIS

AIS Board Officers: Debra Joy Groesser AIS (President/CEO), Cheryl St. John AIS (Vice President) and Doreen St. John AIS (Secretary)

AIS Board Members: Mark Daly AIS and Terry Proctor AIS

AIS Masters: Kenn Backhaus, Roger Dale Brown, Nancy Bush, Betty Carr, Albert Handell, Calvin Liang, Ned Mueller, Camille Przewodek, William Schneider, and Dawn Whitelaw.

Special AIS rates from our Publication Sponsors with July and August deadlines! 

llume Gallery of Fine Art

St. George, Utah

October 22 - November 21, 2020

Opening reception Thursday, October 22

Join us as we celebrate our 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition which will feature 185 juried paintings from some of the top American Impressionist artists working today.

In addition there will be 18 paintings by our AIS Masters, founders, officers and board members.

The work will be exhibited at the galleries. 

AIS will determine by mid-September which events we will hold in person.

The exhibition will be held at Illume Gallery in St George, Utah, and Illume's two sister galleries, The Mission Gallery and Authentique Gallery. 



$139 per night

Towne Place and Courtyard

St. George, Utah 

Helpful hints and insights:   Tips on Entering Our AIS Juried Exhibitions 

by Debra Joy Groesser, CEO/President American Impressionist Society

Why Enter Juried Shows Anyway?   You’ve chosen the painting to enter…now what?   The Jury Process!

AIS Members: Did you read our July 9 newsletter?   Or August 3?

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