38th International Exhibition

2018 Call for Entries SDWS International Exhibition

Entry Deadline: Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Prospectus


Juror:  John Salminen

John Salminen lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota.  He is a signature member of numerous art societies, including the American Watercolor Society – Dolphin Fellowship; the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America – Distinguished Master – as well as an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China and the first American ever to be awarded membership in the Australian Watercolour Institute.  John has won more than 230 awards in national and international exhibitions, most recently the Daniel Smith Award in the Shenzhen Biennale.  He has been an invited artist in thirty-six international watercolor exhibitions all over the world and has had thirty-two one-person shows in the United States.   His work is included in private and corporate permanent collections in the United States, Asia and Europe.  John has served as juror and/or judge of over 70 national and international exhibitions. 



2017 Catalog



The San Diego Watercolor Society was established in 1965 and is one of the largest and most active in the United States. Its International Exhibition is widely recognized for its high standard of excellence in watermedia art.

For over three decades, the International Exhibition has been one of the highlights of the year for SDWS. This annual event attracts entries from hundreds of watermedia artists worldwide. Accepted participating artists are eligible for large cash and merchandise awards.

A gala awards reception for members, artists and the public is held at the SDWS gallery just prior to the free public opening, and thousands of visitors view the exhibit during the month of October.

Many people contribute to make this exhibition happen, and we would particularly like to thank the Federation of Canadian Aritsts and the European Confederation of Watercolor Societies who helped us promote our call for entry on their websites and social media.  We profoundly appreciate their support.

2018 will be the 38th SDWS International Exhibition. John Salminen is the Juror for this year's International Exhibition.

 2017 37th International Exhibtion Sponsors

SDWS would like to express it's gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of the 37th International Exhibition.  Their generous support is crucial to the success of our show.

If you have further questions, please contact our International Exhibition Director at ishowinformation@sdws.org to get more information and to volunteer.