Welcome to the Exhibits page! From the dropdown menu to the right access current and upcoming exhibitions, the International Open Exhibition, Member Exhibition and Special Exhibitions. 

2021 NWS International Open Exhibition

The list of accepted artists is on the Home page https://nationalwatercolorsociety.org/


The Member Show is held in the Spring and is open to all current Associate and Signature members. This Exhibition has one highly qualified juror.  Cash Prizes of $10,000 are awarded. Three (3) $2000; Two (2) $1000; Four (4) $500 named to honor NWS Past Presidents. One ScholARTship is also selected.


The International Open Exhibition is held in the Fall and is open to all current members as well as non-members.   This Exhibition is juried by three highly qualified jurors plus one specially chosen Awards Juror.  The juried show includes both cash and merchandise awards, $40,000+.  Artists whose paintings are selected for the show are invited to submit additional samples of their work for evaluation and acceptance into NWS as a Signature member. 

Three ScholARTships are also selected.


From time to time NWS holds special exhibitions at the gallery such as the recent Permanent Collection Exhibition.

Curated Invitational Exhibitions at Selected Museums and Galleries.

Curated Invitational and/or Juried International Exchanges.


Established in 2020, the NWS ScholARTship Award may be given as part of the Member Exhibition and International Open Exhibition. NWS ScholARTship awards may take the form of a critique, a portfolio review, or a mentorship that has been donated by a Master Artist from the watercolor community. The exhibition juror selects a participating artist (that did not receive any other award) for a ScholARTship with the donating watercolor professional. This is made possible via electronic communication: Face-time, Video, Chat, Skype, Zoom or Email.

The ScholARTship award is open to all artists accepted into the NWS MemberExhibition or International Open Exhibition who indicate a willingness to be considered for a ScholARTship award on their acceptance forms.

The National Watercolor Society is a 501c(3) nonprofit and supports artists with exhibitions and education. The ScholARTship helps to fulfill the NWS promotion of education for artists in the watermedia community. The NWS ScholARTship program is overseen by the Education Director.

(No Value As per IRS)