One of the most important things an artist can do is to be aware of what other artists are doing. A great way to do that is by visiting the websites of art societies. Here are major watercolor societies.
Established in 1866, AWS is the premier organization in the United States devoted to the advancement of watercolor painting in the United States.
Founded in 1920 as the California Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society is highly competitive with more liberal definitions of watermedia than the AWS.
Founded in 1977 as the Midwest Watercolor Society, TWSA makes an important distinction between "transparent watercolor" and other "water-based mediums". It’s stated goal is to preserve and promote the unique character of transparent watercolor as a major medium.
Established in 1967 in Southern California, Watercolor West is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting transparent watercolor knowing that many other shows are open to works rendered in mixed media, acrylic, ink, collage, and opaque materials.
In 1976, the New Mexico Watercolor Society joined with nine other Western watercolor societies to make a large and prestigious watercolor exhibition available at low cost to members of small and often isolated watercolor groups. Today, the WFWS includes over 5,000 artists in ten regional watercolor societies and guilds.
According to their website, Women in Watercolor was founded in 2019 to help encourage, support, and promote the outstanding women around the world that are working in watercolor.
Before 35mm slides, artists had to ship their paintings to the exhibition to be juried into the show. If they were declined, they were just shipped back. Once portable slides were developed, first in celluloid, and then digitally, the images could be sent cheaply. Sites like Café have made the process of entering even easier for both artists and arts organizations. By consulting Café, artists can find out about upcoming competitions, access the prospectus to find out the requirements for the competition, easily enter, and be notified whether their submission has been accepted for display.
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