An Invitation from the San Diego Watercolor Society – Call for Entries


The San Diego Watercolor Society was established in 1965 and is one of the largest and most active in the United States. Its International Exhibition is widely recognized for its high standard of excellence in watermedia art.

For over three decades, the International Exhibition has been one of the highlights of the year for SDWS. This annual event attracts entries from hundreds of water media artists worldwide. Accepted participating artists are eligible for large cash and merchandise awards.

A gala awards reception for members, artists and the public is held at the SDWS gallery just prior to the free public opening, and thousands of visitors view the exhibit during the month of October.

Many people contribute to make this exhibition happen, and we would particularly like to thank the Federation of Canadian Aritsts and the European Confederation of Watercolor Societies who helped us promote our call for entry on their websites and social media.  We profoundly appreciate their support.

2017 will be the 37th SDWS International Exhibition. Katherine Chang Liu is the Juror for this year’s International Exhibition.

To view, download or print the prospectus please click: SDWS 2017 International Exhibition Prospectus

To start the registration process, please click here: registration process.

Sealing Watercolor Paintings

The art world is changing and more and more watercolor artists are trying methods to seal their artwork so glass is not required in framing.  Although this technique has not been sanctioned for entry into most juried shows across the country at this time, it may come to be accepted down the road.  It has been argued that the glare of glass puts watercolor art at a disadvantage when  it is displayed with oils and acrylics.

The Saint Louis Watercolor Society would like to allow their members to seal their artwork to be displayed at CJ Muggs, which does not allow framing with glass, only Plexiglas.   We are offering Spencer Meagher’s technique, which is fairly simple,  for you to try. 

Click here for his full procedures.

China Trip

MISSOURI WATERCOLOR SOCIETY (MOWS) is sponsoring a fabulous 16 day watercolor and sightseeing trip to China.  The trip will be led by Dongfeng Li, MOWS member, AWS, winner of TWO ‘Best of Shows’ in 2016 and art instructor at Morehead State University in KY, and Daven Anderson, Managing Director, American Society of Marine Artists and Executive Director of MOWS.  Departure will be June 21st from O’Hare in Chicago with a July 5th arrival back.
Spouses are welcome. 


Click here for the full brochure.