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. 

NWS ANNUAL  DUES:   Please help us by reviewing your 2018 Membership file by clicking on your name at upper right and Select View Profile

It is important that we include ALL our Signature Members and Associate Members in the 2018 NWS Exhibition Catalog.  By mid July, we will be asked by the vendor for a list of all members and the system will generate only those who are listed as current.   Please contact the NWS Membership Director if you have any questions or need assistance in renewing.  Thanks!


2018 NWS 98th International Open Exhibition

Click here for the list of Accepted Artists 


Exhibition Dates:  October 4th - December 16th, 2018



$40,000+ in Awards


2018 JURORS:

Carla O'Connor

Linda Daly Baker

Michael Schlicting

(replacing Linda Doll for Juror of Selection)



 D. Scott Atkinson


2018 NWS Annual Member Exhibition

This Exhibition is now Closed

"Winter Light, Moscow" by Thomas Schaller


Click here for the 2018 NWS Members Exhibition Video



A Series of Good Ideas that Work!
from Geoff McCormack
A different approach to watermedia using new materials,
 tools and techniques.
Click here  to register for this 2 hour demo.
Cost $20.00


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


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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.

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