Waterworks is an annual exhibition comprised exclusively of artwork created by current Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) members. It is juried by a nationally or internationally known artist in water media who selects the accepted entries and judges the winners of awards totaling over $4,000 in cash and merchandise. NWWS members are exceptional artists and this exhibition specifically showcases their extraordinary talent and creativity.
The Northwest Watercolor Society was founded 1939 in Seattle, Washington when a group of eight artists came together to form an organization dedicated to the celebration of watercolor. With a goal to inspire a lasting interest in the art of watercolor painting and an appreciation for watercolor as an artful, imaginative medium, the history of NWWS began. Although we have grown enormously through the years in both numbers and accomplishments, we remain firmly rooted in our history, devoted to the philosophy of the mission statement of our founders: "To promote and elevate the art of watercolor as a medium, to encourage the growth and creativity of our artist members as we remain a prime artistic resource of the Northwest."