who we are
The Iowa Watercolor Society was organized in 1977 by a small group of enthusiastic watercolorists. Which means...we are 39 years old this year! IWS now celebrates well over 150 members and offers the opportunity for interested painters to network with artists statewide.
Each fall, the IWS sponsors an annual luncheon, award ceremony, and workshop. This is a juried exhibition with monetary awards. The IWS accepts entries in water media on watercolor paper. From this exhibit a traveling show is created and provides outreach around the state.
The well-attended and fun-filled three-day workshops, held three days prior to and three days following the annual meeting, are taught by nationally and internationally recognized teachers.
"Palette Talk #1" by member Marybeth Heikes
Recent instructors include: John Salminen, Tony van Hasselt, Mary Ann Beckwith, Stephen Quiller, Alvaro Castagnet, Margaret Martin, Don Andrews, Paul Jackson, Birgit O’Connor, Iain Stewart, Anne Abgott, Mel Stabin, and Janet Rogers.
Upcoming Key Dates for the Annual Exhibition, Workshop, and Meeting
Our first miniature show for 2020 will be at the Urbandale Library starting on Feb. 1, 2020. More information and registration form coming soon!