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. 

Congratulations to our Award Winners  

2019 International Open Exhibition!

Kathleen S. Giles

Yan Liang

Diane Chencharick

Richard Hanson

Mark Bird

Lana Cease

Iretta Hunter

J. Anna Roberts

Nancy Caldwell

Daven Anderson

Frederick C. Graff

Denise Athanas

Janet Laird Lagassee

Lei Chi

Angela Lacy

Chris Krupinski

Mary Rollins

Bowen Lui

Julio Jorge

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Award Winner Photos

IOE 99 Exhibition Event

New NWS Signature Members


Our 2019 NWS Sponsors

In Memoriam

Loa Ruth Sprung, NWS, Past President

(left to right - Loa Sprung, Robbie Laird, Lowri Sprung)

Loa Ruth Sprung, born in 1922, studied at the Chicago Institute of Art in 1943 and 1944.  Married John Spring in 1948, two children, John Leon Sprung and Lowri Lee Sprung.  Studied at Chouinard, Los Angeles, in the 1950's. Became a Signature Member os NWS in 1975. Served on their Board of Directors in several capacities including President in 2003. Received the "Arts and Humanities Award" from NWS in 2006. She taught all media in Long Beach at Poly High School and also Adult Education for the city of Los Angeles. She retired in 1987.


Visions Adjoin 

                    Exchange Exhibition 2020                    

Celebrate Anniversaries Together

Exhibition Dates: Feb. 6—July 18, 2020

First exhibition will be held at NWS Gallery

Second exhibition will be held at the Helson Gallery in Canada

List of Accepted Artists


2020 NWS Annual Members Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: May 7—June 21, 2020 / Reception May 9, 2020

Entries Accepted: Jan 1—Feb 14, 2020 at

Juror:  Carlson Hatton

Prospectus - 2020 NWS Annual Member Exhibition

Exhibitors Documents


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


NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 1—December 20,  2020

Entries Accepted: April 1—May 10, 2020 at

Jurors: Katherine Chang Liu, Dean Mitchell and John Salminen

Judge of Awards:  Mary Whyte

PROSPECTUS - NWS 100th International Open Exhition

MARY WHYTE:  The Portrait and The Figure Workshop

October 14 - October 16, 2020

Accepting Early Registration  / Only 20 Spots

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Carla O'Connor, AWS, NWS

Are You In or Out?

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Click here for Geoff McCormack - NWS Gallery Walk (Free)

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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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Member Discounts

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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.