Part of the Iowa Watercolor Society's mission is to support and encourage the advancement of water-based media, and to foster the appreciation and interest of both the artist and the viewing public. In support of this mission, the Iowa Watercolor Society sponsors events through out the year.
Click on each of the drop-downs under the “Events” tab for specific dates
Annual Juried Exhibition:
For this annual competition, the paintings are judged by a nationally
known artist. The judge picks a group of paintings from the entries for
the Annual Exhibition. From group of paintings in the Annual Exhibition
the judge chooses the award winners and the Annual Traveling Show.
Annual Traveling Show:
These paintings are a selection of the best paintings from the Annual Exhibition plus award-winning paintings from the Annual Exhibition.
The paintings travel to venues all around Iowa for the next year.
IWS Members Show
The Members Show is a virtual gallery of IWS participating members' artwork and is open to the public. The artists may employ a variety of
materials, papers, and techniques. Members not only showcase and
share their creative endeavors, they also have an opportunity to sell
their art to the public in this virtual venue. The Members Show Gallery
appears exclusively on the iowawatercolorsociety.org for the show's duration.
This is an opportunity for members to showcase their creativity and
try new techniques and watercolor products.
The workshops are a chance for artists to spend several days studying
with a nationally known artist right here in Iowa. It is a great opportunity
for artists to learn and grow. The workshops are great for beginners and more experienced painters. The workshops are open to members and