Mission

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.


We are holding our meetings in person at:

Oak Brook Public Library

600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523


Download the prospectus for the the 39th National Show 2023 here.


C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

The Illinois Watercolor Society would like to recognize the following award winners at the 2022 Members’ Show.

Awards of Excellence
Tony Armendariz
Sylvia Aruffo
Ken Call
John Herron
Tom Herzberg
Shefali Khanna

Novice Awards
Mary Pat Garr
Nancy Hoag
Carrie Teague

We hope all these award winners along with all other participating artists and friends will join us at the Artists’ Reception and Awards night, September 30, 6 p.m.

McCord Gallery, 9602 W. Creek Road, Palos Park, 60464

Fred Polito
2022 Members’ Show Chairman


We are seeking people to assist the IWS Board. If you would like to help with the annual Members Show, IWS Facebook page, or IWS website please contact Membershow@illinoiswatercolorsociety.org.


38th National Exhibition

April 30 – May 29, 2022

Lawrence RaffantiBest In Show
Brett SteinhausAward of Excellence I
Maria DeltonAward of Excellence II
Peter JablokowAward of Excellence III
Robert KrajeckiOutstanding Landscape
Rebecca KrutsingerOutstanding Figurative
Mei ShuOutstanding Abstract
Janine HeltonEvelyn E. Schultz Creative Spirit Award
Allan ButtCharles Strissel Memorial Award
Gary EckhartGraydon Cafarella Memorial Award
Ingrid AlbrechtDirector’s Choice Award
TBDPeople’s Choice
Patricia MroczkaHonorable Mention
Dan DanielsonHonorable Mention
Susan KeithHonorable Mention
Eileen SudzinaHonorable Mention
Megan RipkeHonorable Mention
Lisa Arnold FranklinHonorable Mention
Joan BredendickHonorable Mention