Announcing the 44th Annual

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition

May 1 to May 31, 2019

$10,000 in Prize Money is Anticipated

Hosted by the San Diego Watercolor Society


The San Diego Watercolor Society is celebrating its 54th anniversary in 2019 by hosting the 44th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition in San Diego from May 1 through May 31, 2019. The exhibition's awards dinner will be held the evening of Saturday May 4 at the Courtyard by Marriott in San Diego's Old Town. Juror for the exhibition is well-known juror and teacher Kathleen Conover, AWS, NWS, ISEA, TWSA.

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies


The 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.

Visit the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies' web page at

Today, the WFWS includes over 5,000 artists in eleven 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. 

The SDWS Western Fed Delegate is Ralph Kingery. Ann Slater is the Alternate Delegate.  

In preparation for SDWS hosting of Western Fed in 2019, the SDWS Board of Directors has establised a 2019 Western Federation Show Steering Committee. Gay Weston is the Project Manager.

If you have questions, please contact Ralph or Ann at


2019 Western Fed Prospectus

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Please note that a check for the $50 handling and framing fee, payable to The San Diego Watercolor Society required to be submitted for all accepted artworks at the time of shipping of the matted paintings.