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.

Mark Mehaffey, MI, USA

2020 NWS IOE Exhibition

There's still time to put together your composition...

The deadline for entry is May 14, 2021,

12:00 noon Mountain time

The National Watercolor Society 101st International Open Exhibition

is open to ALL artist working in watermedia.

Enter today on CaFe


AWARDS: $40,000+ in cash and merchandise Including $5,000 NWS Permanent Collection Purchase Award 

Jurors of Selection: Ken Goldman

                                  Bev Jozwiak

                                  Donna Zagotta

Juror of Awards: Ali Cavanaugh

The 2021Member Exhibition

Join us for the Virtual Reception May 15,2021,11:00 AM PDT

Zoom link

View accepted artwork in the online gallery by clicking HERE

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?

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!  

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Online Donation goal

We welcome your donation in any amount. You may also use this link to donate to our Annual Exhibition Awards Fund.