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.


2020 IWS Members Show
submission now open!!

Due to the closing of the Mayslake Peabody Estate until the end of the year,
the 2020 IWS Members’ show will be online only. 


This year’s awards include:
6 Awards of Excellence – $100 each
3 Novice Awards – $50 each

Awards Juror: Peggy Macnamara


  • Online entry June 22 – July 17, 2020.

  • Exhibition Dates: August 1 – September 30, 2020.

  • Show prospectus at:  IWSMemberProspectus2020.

  • Submit online entries at:

  • One painting per member may be submitted.

  • Entry Fee: $20 (payable through PayPal link on entry form).

  • You must be current IWS member – You may join or renew your membership at https://illinoiswatercolorsociety.org/join-us-2/.

  • All water-media paintings (acrylic, gouache, yupo) are acceptable. Collage is not allowed.

  • Artwork depicting violence or sexual behavior is not allowed.

  • Work must be original (not derived from another’s intellectual property or copyrighted references).

  • We will list sale prices on website and forward any inquires directly to the artist.

  • Submitted digital images should:

    • include the JPEG (JPG) extension in the file names.
    • be no larger than 1MB in file size.
    • be cropped to show only the painting, no mats, background images, or frames.
    • include the title of the painting.
  • For a preview of the show format, check out the 2020 IWS National Show here. We will have a slideshow and printable PDF file.

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.


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