Central Minnesota Watercolorists (CMW) began as a small group of artists with a great love for painting with watercolors. The first formal gathering was held in January 1981, with ten local artists in attendance; interested in exchanging ideas and techniques about watercolor and other water-based mediums. Over the past 40 years, the group has grown to more than 60 emerging, as well as master level artists. Membership benefits include workshops led by award winning artists, as well as opportunities to feature completed artwork at several regional venues. Annually, CMW partners with the Paramount Center for the Arts (PCA) to exhibit the newest work from its members. This year, the fall exhibit will showcase 24 pieces from 12 member artists in the historic Lobby Gallery.

Interested in learning more about CMW? Visit them online at centralmnwatercolorists.org.

We have several different gallery spaces available to artists:


Renovated space in summer 2021, located in the Paramount Gift Gallery, next to the Box Office. Gallery St. Germain is graciously funded through a two-year McKnight Foundation Grant, allowing the Paramount to operate this beautiful auxiliary exhibition space. Gallery St Germain features Minnesota artists who demonstrate a high level of professional achievement and exhibitions that are engaging to Central Minnesota.


Located in the historic Paramount Theatre Lobby, this exhibition space was created as part of the 1998 renovation.


Located in the Lower-Level Visual Arts Studios, Studio C is a multi-functional room and exhibition space for both 2D and 3D work.

Exhibit Opportunities

If you are interested in information about exhibiting at any one of our gallery spaces, please email to our Exhibitions Coordinator, Michelle Kiley at mkiley@paramountarts.org with the following information:

  • 10-15 images in jpg format between 1-2mb each.
  • An image list (in excel format) with title, date, medium, price and a short description (of each piece) no longer than 40-50 words.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume with contact information.
  • An artist statement about the work.
  • Information about the process or techniques used if not readily apparent.
  • Our selection process consists of advisory committee members from the Paramount that meet twice a year to determine upcoming exhibitions.

About The McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. In 2012, the Minnesota-based family foundation had assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $85 million. Of that total, about 10% went to support an environment in which artists are valued leaders in our community, with access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.


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