Bill Vrsack

Bill Vrscak is a free-lance artist/illustrator and signature member of the American Watercolor Society. He is a realist painter whose work reflects a strong sense of freshness and simplicity, consistent with his attitude that "the simplest statements make the most impact".

A frequent national award winner, his work is widely published. Bill studied painting and design at the Ivy School of Art in Pittsburgh. After 18 years in the advertising business he went his own way to paint and teach. Besides doing illustration and commission work, he currently teaches workshops and seminars throughout the United States as well as Canada.


Professional Affiliations

American Watercolor Society
Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh


Juried Exhibitions and Awards include

The Artist's Magazine Annual Competition

      First Place Award 2017

American Watercolor Society, NYC

    Watercolor Artist's Magazine Award  

    Clara and Ida Stroud Memorial Award

Audubon Artists National Exhibition, NYC

     Silver Medal   
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit
    Grumbacher Award
Adirondaks Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY
    Silver Medal Award 2016    

    Sadie and Max Tesser Award

    Garnet Award
    Juror's Award

    Arthur E. Baker Award

Pennsylvanis watercolor Society National

    Gold Medal Award 2016

Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Kenosha, WI

Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, Fallbrook, CA

    Juror's Award
Midwest Watercolor Society, Green Bay, WI
    Special Merit Award
Kentucky Aqueous, Louisville, KY
    Reliance Universal Merit Award

Mike Heuman Purchase Award

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Annual

    Best of Show

    PWS Awards

Winner: Treasures of Pittsburgh Outdoor Board Competition

Watercolor Without Bounderies Exhibition

    Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas, TX

    Northern Italian Watercolor Society, Milan, Italy

IMPRESSIONS: Three Rivers, Four Seasons Competition, Pittsburgh, PA

Keystone National Works on Paper, Scranton, PA



Corporation Collections include

Westinghouse Corporation

Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania

Koppers Corporation

Symons Capital Management

WTAE Broadcasting Corporation

Ernst & Young, Inc.

PNC Corporation

IMT Insurance Corporation

Chevron Corporation



The Artist's Magazine


Painting with Passion (North Light Books)

International Artists Magazine

Print's Design Annual


Commercial Illustration Clients include

Carnegie Museum of Art

Ketchum Communications

WQED-FM Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting

AEG Westinghouse/Adtranz

Rockwell International

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Pittsburgh Jazz Festival

Mellon Bank Corporation

Federal Express Corporation

Pittsburgh Magazine

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Chute Gerdeman Retail Design

Oncology Nursing Society


Conducted workshops, seminars and classes for

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Community College of Allegheny County

Hudson River Valley Workshops, Greenville, NY

Jade Fon Workshops, Monterey, CA

Coastal Maine Art Workshops, Port Clyde/Rockland, ME

Central Ontario Art Association, Ontario, CANADA

Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA

Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas, TX

Sangamon Watercolor Society, Springfield, IL

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Buffalo, NY

Society of Watercolor Artists, Ft. Worth, TX

St. Croix Watercolor Society, St. Croix, VI

Sweetwater Arts Center, Sewickley, PA

Hillsdale County Arts Guild, Hillsdale, MI

Numerous Arts Groups in the Mid-Atlantic region


Numerous Solo and Invited Exhibitions include

Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA

Davis and Elkins University, Elkins, WV

Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

Watercolors Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Birchstone Gallery, Egg Harbor, WI

Renaissance Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

St. Vincent University, Latrobe, PA