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. 


Denny Bond, East Petersburg, PA USA, "Alarmed"

2019 NWS Members Exhibition

Lee Wexler President 1987 - Award

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NWS 2020 Annual Members Exhibition!

Be part of our centennial celebration! All NWS Members are eligible to enter. The deadline for entering the National Watercolor Society's Centennial 2020 Members Exhibition

is Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12:00noon MST

Don't procrastinate, enter today!

Prospectus - 2020 NWS Annual Member Exhibition

Exhibitors Documents

Juror:  Carlson Hatton

Awards: Three (3) $1000 Awards and four (4) $500 Awards will be awarded

to honor our Past Presidents.

Questions: Contact Penny Hill, NWS Director - Exhibitions:

We're saving a spot in the NWS Gallery for your painting

Visions Adjoin - List of Accepted Artists

Visions Adjoin 2020 Virtual Exhibition Video

NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 1—December 20,  2020

Entries Accepted: April 1—May 15, 2020 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  / Reception July 12, 2020

NWS 50 Stars Exhibition for Call for Entry 2020

Exhibition Guidelines

Fifty Stars Form

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


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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.

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.