Announcing the 43rd Annual

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition

May 1 to June 24, 2018

Hosted by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Inc.

Celebrating their 50th Year Anniversary, the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild is hosting next year's Western Federation of Watercolor Societies  43rd Annual Exhibition in Tucson, Arizona.  The Exhibition will run from May 1 through June 24, 2018 at the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery at 5420 East Broadway in Tucson, with a gala reception and awards ceremony to be held on May 5.  The juror is acclaimed watercolor artist Ted Nuttall, AWS, NWS, WFWS, TWSA.


Congratulations to the 15 SDWS artists accepted into the 2018 Western Fed show in Tucson: Craig Anderson*, Julie Anderson, Marnie Becker*, Pat Dispenziere, Kathleen Eichler*, Antoaneta Georgieva, Richard Glassman, Susan Hewitt, Betty Hock*, Luis Juarez, Joan McKasson, Linda Mullen*, Ski Torzeski, Susan Weinberg-Harter, and Bonnie Woods*. 

Paintings may be viewed here.

*indicates award


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 4,500 artists in twelve 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. 

Our 2017/2018 Delegate to Western Fed is Ralph Kingery. Ann Schwartzwald 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. Marcella Martin is the Project Manager.

If you have questions, please contact Ralph or Ann at