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. 

Dear NWS Members and Artists,
NWS is committed to
safeguarding you, our members, artists, staff and volunteer’s health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. We all share a responsibility to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The NWS board and I have made some difficult decisions for the immediate future. We are taking the following steps as    a precaution to keep you our members, personnel, and visitors healthy.

NWS Changes as of March 16, 2020

  • NWS Gallery will be temporally closed until future notice.
  • The NWS Member’s Exhibition 2020 will be held online only. Awards winners will be notified when the Judging is done. Opening Reception is cancelled. Details to follow.
  • For those of you Juried into the Member’s Exhibition DO NOT SHIP your artwork. All shipped artwork will be returned shortly. Details to follow.
  • The NWS 50 Stars Exhibition will be held online only. Awards winners will be notified when the Judging is done. The Opening Reception is cancelled. Details to follow.
  • The NWS 100th International Open Exhibition Call for Entry has been delayed to April 13 until May 22, 2020.
    We look forward to seeing your masterpiece. Please enter!
  • We plan to hold all the NWS 100th International Open Exhibition Celebration events at the NWS Gallery in  October 2020.

Although we are saddened that we will not be able to hold our “NWS Member’s Exhibition” and the “NWS 50 Stars Exhibition” in the NWS Gallery, we are excited to host them online for viewing.  Please follow us on our NWS Facebook page and our website where we will continue to share the beauty of our exhibitions and update you as we all navigate the virus.  Because of you our members, NWS will continue to educate, enlighten, uplift and inspire the world.  Thank you, for your inspiration, loyalty and support of NWS, together we will make our future shine! Wishing you good health.

Be safe, take care of those you love.


NWS President


Gale Webb, Lubbock, TX USA, "Dominant Personality"

2019 NWS Members Exhibition

Katherine Chang Lui, President 1983 - Award

NWS 2020 Annual Members Exhibition

Congratulations to our Accepted Artists !

Click HERE for the list



Visions Adjoin 2020 Virtual Exhibition Video

NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 1—December 20,  2020

Entries Accepted: April 13—May 22, 2020 (MT) at

Jurors: Katherine Chang Liu, Dean Mitchell and John Salminen

Judge of Awards:  Mary Whyte


NWS 50 Stars Exhibition 2020

Exhibition Dates: July 9—Sept. 13, 2020  

Coming soon ... online 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


Watch the videos below through Teachable

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.