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.

Steve Kleier, Portland OR, USA "Bike Race"

2020 NWS Members Exhibition

The Clock is Ticking...

Countdown to Enter has Begun!

The 2021 NWS Members Exhibition

This year's Online Exhibition is open to ALL NWS Members. 

The deadline for entering is February 12, 2021.


Mat Barber Kennedy, Juror of Selection and Awards

Mat Barber Kennedy is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and of the

American Impressionists Society.  In 2008, he was awarded the Turner Medal in London. 


Named after our NWS Past Presidents

Three (3) $2000 Awards

Two (2) $1000 Awards

Four (4) $500 Awards

Questions:  Contact Judy Saltzman, NWS Exhibition Director at

NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

Virtual Opening -

Exhibition Only (13 minutes) -

NWS: The First 100 Years at Hilbert Museum of California Art

                             Zoom Login—

                            Meeting ID: 473 975 7671  (no passcode required)


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.