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.

101st International Open Exhibition 2021

October 1st - December 11th, 2021

Click here to view the Exhibition

Click HERE to view the IOE YouTube Premiere Virtual Opening

Click here for the NWS Exhibition Online Gallery of all the exhibitions. 

National Watercolor Society New Signature Members 2021

Congratulations to Giovanni Balzarani (Italy), Didier Brot (France), Christopher Cart (ME), Lana Cease (MO), Liang Chaolei (China), Radha Chatterjee (TX), Marvin Chew (Singapore), Kim Granhaug (TX), Uma Kelkar (CA), Kathy Kitz (GA), Lyna Knight (FL), Marilyn Liedman (FL), Nick Long (TN), Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz (Spain), Susan Lynn (MA), Sergiy Lysyy (Lithuania), Karen Mai (Hong Kong), Anne McCartney (Canada), Kimberly Meuse (NH), Pat Moseuk (CA), Karen Norman (MD), Judy Nunno (FL), Paul Oman (WI), Gregory Radionov (CA), Thomas Rebek (FL), Doreen Renner (Canada), Karen Schaaf (NC), Alisa Shea (NY), Sue Steele Thomas (VA), Beverly Yankwitt (FL), Alex Hillkurtz (France) and Kristie Mooney (OR).  

We would like to thank all the artists who submitted artwork for the 2021 NWS 101st International Open Exhibition. 

Our esteemed Jurors of Selection, Ken Goldman, Donna Zagotta, and Bev Jozwiak, have made their selections.  Congratulations to those artists who were accepted.  If your painting was not selected, please know that the competition was fierce this year. With all the excellent artwork submitted, artists of all levels were not selected. 

We look forward to seeing your artwork in future exhibitions and appreciate your continued support. 

Click HERE to Register for the workshop

Congratulations to our new 2020 Juried Signature Members

(Jurors: Katherine Chang Liu, Dean Mitchell and John Salminen)

Phillip Babb, WI

Yong Chen, MA

Antonio Darden, NM

Sheryl Fletcher Coon, FL

Jacqueline Gnott, IN

Cathy Hillegas, IN

JJ Jiang, NC

Dongfeng Li, KY

Angus McEwan, Scotland

Steve J. Morris, MO

Scott Ponemone, MD

Christine Rhodes, WV

Zhifang Shi, China

Brian Stratton, Australia

Carrie Waller, Japan

Jian Wu, CA

Zhang Xiaochang, CA

2020 Three Times Acceptance in an IOE Signature Members

Yan Liang, China

Isabella Pizzano, NJ


Watch the videos below through Teachable

Carla O'Connor, AWS, NWS

Are You In or Out?

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featuring Geoffrey McCormack and Linda A. Doll

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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.