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. 

Video Message from NWS President, Denise Willing-Booher


NWS 50 Stars Exhibition 2020

Online Exhibition Dates: July 9—Sept. 13, 2020  

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Our NWS 50 Stars Exhibition is wonderfully diverse in medium, voice and style. We are very proud to showcase watermedia societies throughout the USA and our joint artist members and their artwork. The artists were juried into this exhibition by their home state society.

For 100 years NWS hasencouraged innovation in watermedia through education, outreach and exhibition. We are excited to promote the advancement of watermedia and inspiring watermedia artists for the next decade.

Special thanks to the US Watercolor Societies’ presidents and board members who partnered with NWS to make this remarkable exhibition happen. Many thanks to Bruce Bobick, NWS, our Juror of Awards. It was a pleasure working with you. Congratulations to the Award winners and artists for making the cut and inspiring all of us!


Thank you, NWS International Open Exhibition Entrants!

"Keep dreaming, creating and reaching."   Denise Willing Booher

The National Watercolor Society Board of Directors salutes you as an artist with masterful work.  We received 1000+ strong entries for our Centennial Celebration.  Unfortunately, not all the paintings could be chosen by our Jurors.  We will be watching for more of your 

inspiring artwork in future exhibitions. 

Watch for details on our upcoming 100th year celebrations, exhibitions and virtual event at

Keep your brushes wet!

List of Accepted Artists

Make a Splash!  Call for Entries

EXHIBITION DATES: Nov 14, 2020-Feb 20, 2021

Be a part of the NWS 100 Year Celebratory Exhibition 

We have teamed up to organize a must-enter exhibition. 

Due to the rise of Covid-19 in the State of California, the National Watercolor Society and Hilbert Museum are taking proactive measures to keep you,           our members and your artwork safe.  

NWS: The First 100 years at the Hilbert Museum of California Art, will now be an Online Exhibition only.  We have extended the entry date to August 7th, 12:00 noon PDT with noticiation of accepted artists on August 24th.  Details about the VIrtual Celebration will be emailed to memebers and posted on the NWS website. 


      Lee Blair - "Barnsdall Park"                                        Rex Brandt - "Newport Jetty"                                     Rex Brandt - "Racing Sails"

This exhibition is open to ALL current members

of National Watercolor Society

NWS First 100 Years Exhibition

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Entry is through-Call for Entry

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Images courtesy of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. 


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Carla O'Connor, AWS, NWS

Are You In or Out?

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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.

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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.