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       Who We Are 

The Iowa Watercolor Society was organized in 1977 by a small group of enthusiastic watercolorists. 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 various substrates. From this exhibit a traveling show is created that 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 instructors.

"Palette Talk #1" by member Marybeth Heikes

Recent instructors include:
Paul JacksonBirgit O’Connor Iain Stewart,

Carol Carter, Sterling Edwards, Janet Rogers,
Anne Abbott, Alexis Lavine, and Frank Eber.

IWS Event Highlights 


* Annual Juried Exhibition
* Spring & Fall Watercolor Workshops
* Member Show 
* Plein Air Activities year round

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