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 presents Spencer Meagher: online painting demo:

Click here to go to see Spencer’s page to view the video and see his work.


IWS 37th National Exhibition, 2021

Click here to see the paintings and award winners.

Click here to see a video of the Awards Presentation by juror, Elaine Daily-Birnbaum.

The IWS National show is now open until May 28, 2021 at the Next Picture Show Fine Arts Center in Dixon, IL. The gallery is located at 113 W. First Street, Dixon, IL 61021 and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm. The show features sixty one water-media paintings from artists all over the United States. 


Members Show 2021

NEW VENUE: In person at the gallery of the Evanston Art Center!

Exhibition Dates: July 17 – August 22, 2021

Apply now until July 13

Drop-Off Dates at the Evanston Art Center: Saturday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 13

Click Here for the Prospectus

Click Here for Entry Forms to Print

Click Here to Apply

IWS presents Carl Purcell 

Click here to go to Carl’s  page to see his work and watch his video on YouTube.