• 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. 

The 2019 NWS Member Exhibition

Call For Entry is now Open!

Entries accepted: January 15 - February 15, 2019

Exhibition Dates: April 4 - June 23, 2019

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Artwork by Michael Tang, Paper Source Reflections Beverly Hills, 2017.

Oceanside Museum of Art & the 

National Watercolor Society Exhibition:

Southern California Inspirations, Past and Present

December 22, 2018 - April 21, 2019

Reception: February 23, 2018


704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA92054


The following video includes paintings from the 42 accepted artists along with past California Masters and Invitees.

This spectacular collection of watercolors explores aspects of Southern California’s distinctive cities, rural cultures, unique lifestyles, and natural beauty from each artist’s singular interpretative point of view. Work presented is by current members of the National Watercolor Society who have lived in, worked in, and been influenced by San Diego or Southern California.

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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.