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.

 L.S. Eldridge, AK, USA, "Nature’s Tools"

It’s time to TOOL UP to submit your entry!

The National Watercolor Society 101st International Open Exhibition is now open for registration.

This online exhibition is open to ALL artist working in watermedia.

The deadline for entry is May 14, 2021

Enter today on CaFe


AWARDS: $40,000+ in cash and merchandise Including NWS Permanent Collection Purchase Award 

Jurors of Selection: Ken Goldman

                                  Bev Jozwiak

                                  Donna Zagotta

Juror of Awards: Ali Cavanaugh

Steve Kleier, Portland OR, USA "Bike Race"

2020 NWS Member Exhibition

Congratulations, 2021 Member Exhibition Accepted Artists!

If your painting was not selected, please know that the competition was fierce this year for the Member Exhibition and many well-known artists were not selected.  We hope you will consider entering the NWS International Open Exhibition which will be accepting entries April 1, 2021. Your entry helps to support NWS and we appreciate your continued support. 

Please click HERE for the list of accepted artists

Join us for the Virtual Reception.... more information and a link will be coming soon.

NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

Virtual Opening -

Exhibition Only (13 minutes) -

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


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.