The mission of the Illinois Watercolor Society is to advance the education and caliber of watercolor painting throughout Illinois. We hold monthly meetings and demonstrations and host two annual shows. We invite you to attend the next meeting and meet some of the society members, or to join us. All are welcome.


36th IWS National Show 2020

The 2020 IWS National Show has been posted on the website. It can be found here or in the menu under “Shows”

We have both a slideshow of the paintings and a show catalog in a PDF file.

Congratulations to all the artists for making this a fantastic show.

Our juror, Steve Puttrich conducted a Zoom meeting with the show’s artists and presented each painting. This presentation can be found in four parts on the “IWS National Show 2020” webpage or on YouTube.com under the Illinois Watercolor Society YouTube channel.

The June member’s meeting has been cancelled but in the meantime, we are exploring alternative methods for sharing artists’ demos in a digital manner on the IWS website. The entire IWS Board is very concerned about safety and is working hard to make changes to still be able to provide educational material.

The IWS Members’ show is scheduled for June 30 – August 26, 2020. Again, while we wait for more information, we are looking at alternative methods for holding that show online.

Thank you again for your support of the Illinois Watercolor Society.