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.



The April 4th members’ meeting has been cancelled.



36th National Exhibition 2020

May 2 – 29, 2020

To be held at

The Next Picture Show

A Fine Arts Center,113 W. First St., Dixon, Illinois

Reception: Saturday, May 2, 1-4pm


Juror of Selection and Awards, Steve Puttrich


Awards include:

Best of Show – $1,500
Award of Excellence I – $700
Award of Excellence II – $600
Award of Excellence III – $500
Outstanding  Figurative, Landscape & Abstract – $325 each 
7 Honorable Mentions – $100 each



Accepted Entries posted: April 4, 2020
Reception: May 2, 2020 1-4pm

The IWS National Show is held at a community-fine arts center welcoming audiences of all ages.
For this reason, artwork depicting violence or sexual behavior cannot be accepted.

Entries now closed.
Thank you for your participation.


2020 IWS Meeting & Artist Demos

The April 4th meeting has been cancelled.
We do not have a “make-up” date as of yet. 

Oak Brook Library
600 Oak Brook Rd,
Oak Brook, IL 60523
10am – noon

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