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.


IWS online Demo with Marnie Becker –
Click here

IWS is thrilled to have our September artist demo with Marnie Becker. See Marnie’s paintings and a video demonstration of her painting style.


2020 IWS Members Show
is featured here! Please click this link
Or see under “shows” in the menu

Thank you our juror, Peggy Macnamara and congratulations to our award winners.


Excellence Awards

Pots and Jars, Shirley Kleppe

Abstract Floral, Suzanne Hetzel

Metal Fishing Buoys, Lofted Islands, Peter Jablokow

Concerned, Chuck Michaels

Overgrowth (Weirton Steel WV), Gina Judy

Venice, Italian Bistrot, Sandra Cedrins


Novice Awards

Lioness, Mary Cunningham

My Sweet Swing, Janet Cederlund

Prepping Salmon, Tori Brovet


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.