Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
An annual exhibition of water media paintings hosted on a rotating basis by the ten member societies from the western states. Entries are handled by Delegates from each Society.
Leadership training is one of the hallmarks of our organization. We share knowledge of what works (and what does not) within the various organizations.
Communities benefit by hosting this excellent rotating exhibition. The hosts receive seed money from alliance dues to help sponsor the exhibition.
The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) was formed in 1976 by the New Mexico Watercolor Society and included nine other watercolor societies. The purpose was to make a large and prestigious watercolor exhibition available at low cost to members for small and often isolated watercolor groups.
Today, the WFWS includes over 5,000 artists in ten regional watercolor societies and guilds. The WFWS encourages and recognizes artistic excellence and works to increase visibility of watercolor as an artistic medium through our annual juried exhibitions. The exhibitions are sponsored by WFWS and hosted by a regional member society. Delegates meet annually (usually at the current show) to conduct general business and discuss the next year’s plans. Each society hosts the show on a rotating basis.
47th Western Federation of
Watercolor Societies Exhibition
This year’s 47th WFWS Exhibition – Call for Entries Hosted by New Mexico Watercolor Society
May 6 – June 5, 2022
Juror and workshop leader: Iain Stewart
Online registration for Exhibition starts October 1, 2021
Deadline for entries is January 10, 2022
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies WFWS annual exhibition is a National Show, open to water media artists who are members of one of the WFWS Component Societies.
The workshop is scheduled for May 3-7, 2022.
The prospectus and entry registration is available at
You can also view the prospectus on the NMWS website at
$30 for one entry; $40 for two entries; $50 for three entries. Only one painting may be selected, and must be for sale (25% processing fee deducted from each sale).
For the first time this WFWS exhibition will allow an alternative presentation of varnished finish and mat (no plexiglass)
Best of Show $1500
First Place $ 1200
Second Place $ 900
Third Place $ 600
6 Cash Awards totaling $ 1900
Plus Many Merchandise Awards
Arizona Watercolor Association
Delegate – David Amsellem
Alternate – Tanya Lemma
AWA meets September through May in Phoenix, AZ.
Visit their website for contact information: www.azwatercolor.com
Colorado Watercolor Society
Delegate – Beatrice Trautman
Alternate – Carol Newsom
Monthly meetings in the Denver, CO area.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.coloradowatercolorsociety.org/
New Mexico Watercolor Society
Monthly meetings in the Albuquerque, NM area and Las Cruces, NM.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.nmwatercolorsociety.org/
San Diego Watercolor Society
San Diego, CA
Monthly meetings and workshops in San Diego, CA.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.sdws.org/
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild
SAWG meets monthly, September through May in the Tuscon, AZ area.
Visit their website for contact information: https://southernazwatercolorguild.com/
Southwestern Watercolor Society
Dallas/Ft Worth, TX
Monthly meetings in the Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX area
Visit their website for contact information: https://www.swswatercolor.org/https://www.swswatercolor.org/
Utah Watercolor Society
Salt Lake City, UT
UWS meets monthly in Salt Lake City, UT and their Cache Valley Chapter.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.utahwatercolor.org/
West Texas Watercolor Society
Delegate – Neal Kleman
WTWS meets monthly in Lubbock, Texas.
Visit their website for contact information: https://wtws.org/