Awards earned by Loughlin include the W. Alden Brown Memorial Award from the Providence Watercolor Club in 1969; the C. Gordon Harris Award in 1971; the Dr. Edwin Dunlop Award in 1972; a Medal of Honor in Oils from the Academic Artists in 1986; the Hatfield Color Shop Award from the RAA in 1987; the Lindley Dean Award from the RAA in 1987; the Winsor & Newton Award from the Rhode Island Watercolor Society in 1987; the Academic Artist Association Council Award in 1988; the Antonio Cirino Award in Any Medium from the RAA in 1988; the Jane Everett Swift Award from the RAA in 1989; March Group Award Exhibition Award from the RAA in 1989; the Florence Kane Award for Painting in March of 1989; the Rose McClinchey Award for Watercolor from the North Shore Art Association in 1989; the Stow Wengenroth Award for Drawing from the RAA in 1989; the Eleanor Callow Award in Watercolor fro the RAA in 1989; the Orvis Sporting Award of $1000 from the Southern Vermont Art Association (RAA) in 1989; the Silver Medal from the New England Watercolor Society in 1990; the President's Medal Award with a solo exhibition from the Kent Art Association, Ct for "Yellowstone, Autumn" in 2003; the Bernard Corey Memorial Award from the RAA; and the Charles O. Davies Silver Medal from the RAA.

Newport Surf
John with his award-winning oil, “Newport Surf,” 1992