The National Watercolor Society is one of the oldest non-profit artist-led societies in the United States.  Our mission - encouraging innovation in watermedia through education, outreach, and exhibitions - promote the advancement of watermedia and inspire the next generation of watermedia artists.  Be sure to check out the EXHIBITIONS and VIDEO Tabs. 


Denny Bond, East Petersburg, PA USA, "Alarmed"

2019 NWS Members Exhibition

Lee Wexler President 1987 - Award

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NWS 2020 Annual Members Exhibition!

Be part of our centennial celebration! All NWS Members are eligible to enter. The deadline for entering the National Watercolor Society's Centennial 2020 Members Exhibition

is Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12:00noon MST

Don't procrastinate, enter today!

Prospectus - 2020 NWS Annual Member Exhibition

Exhibitors Documents

Juror:  Carlson Hatton

Awards: Three (3) $1000 Awards and four (4) $500 Awards will be awarded

to honor our Past Presidents.

Questions: Contact Penny Hill, NWS Director - Exhibitions:

We're saving a spot in the NWS Gallery for your painting

"The new year lays before us, like a sketch for a painting, waiting to be created. Paint the painting with joy and courage." Denise Willing-Booher

NWS has entered our Centennial year. As artists we look back with awe to the painters that came before us and ahead with aspiration, determination and resolve to follow our own artistic paths to reach higher and create with courage. I am grateful, as your new President, for you our members/sponsors and those who came before us whom we revere. Join with NWS in Celebrating 100 years strong in 2020.

In Celebration 2020:

NWS Annual Members Exhibition - Submissions now 

Visions Adjoin - US/Canada Exchange Exhibition

NWS International Centennial Open Exhibition 2020 - Submissions online 4/1/2020

NWS 50 Stars Exhibition 2020 - Stars of the US Watercolor Societies

NWS Hilbert Museum Exhibition- The Art of NWS: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow -

         Submissions coming soon

Congratulations to our New Board and our sincere gratitude to Past President Robbie Laird and Kathleen Cornelius, our former secretary.

NWS New Board of Directors 2020

President: Denise Willing-Booher

Vice President-Newsletter: Matthew Bird

Secretary: Judith Zailo

Treasurer: Kathleen Mooney

Membership Director: Nancy Swan

Exhibition Director: Penny Hill

Education Director Special Projects: Stephanie Goldman

Communications Director  - Publicity: Beatrice Trautman

Communications Director - Webmaster: Judy Saltzman

Development Director - Awards: Paula Fiebich

Centennial Promotions Volunteer: Joe Cibere

If you are interested in joining our great team, please contact me or a fellow board member.

These artists put down their brushes to promote, educate and create exhibition opportunities for their passion of the water medium through NWS.  Join us in our mission to continue elevating innovative water-media artists and the art for another 100 years worldwide through NWS. 

Thank you for your loyal NWS membership, sponsorship and donations. Together we will make our future shine!

NWS President


Visions Adjoin 

                    Exchange Exhibition 2020                    

Celebrate Anniversaries Together

Exhibition Dates: Feb. 6—July 18, 2020

First exhibition will be held at NWS Gallery

Second exhibition will be held at the Helson Gallery in Canada

List of Accepted Artists


NWS 50 Stars Exhibition 2020

Exhibition Dates: July 9—Sept. 13, 2020  / Reception July 12, 2020

NWS 50 Stars Exhibition for Call for Entry 2020

Exhibition Guidelines

Fifty Stars Form


NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 1—December 20,  2020

Entries Accepted: April 1—May 15, 2020 at

Jurors: Katherine Chang Liu, Dean Mitchell and John Salminen

Judge of Awards:  Mary Whyte

PROSPECTUS - NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

MARY WHYTE:  The Portrait and The Figure Workshop

October 14 - October 16, 2020

Accepting Early Registration  / Only 20 Spots

Click here for Flyer

Click here for Registration Form


Carla O'Connor, AWS, NWS

Are You In or Out?

CLICK HERE  for this 45 minute FREE talk.


Click here for Geoff McCormack - NWS Gallery Walk (Free)

Click here for a 2 for 1 Creative Bundle

featuring Geoffrey McCormack and Linda A. Doll

Join Us Today

With an exciting vision and a new appreciation for an old art form, the California Water Color Society was founded in 1920. As the country grew, painters found inspiration in the expansive western lands and were, in their way, pioneers of a new spirit.

The name of the society has changed twice since that time: first in 1967, to California National Watercolor Society; then in 1975, when the members voted to become simply the National Watercolor Society.

NWS Members are eligible for member discounts from our Sponsors!  

Don't forget to check the Member Discounts page for new specials!

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Member Discounts

Online Donation goal

We welcome your donation in any amount. You may also use this link to donate to our Annual Exhibition Awards Fund.