San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition


SDWS 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 water based media art.

For over four decades, the International Exhibition has been an annual highlight for SDWS. The event attracts entries from hundreds of water based media artists worldwide. The Exhibition features over $20,000 dollars in cash and awards with a $5000 first place cash prize. The International Show is the best selling shows of the year.


Important Dates




EXHIBITION OPEN: September 29, 2024 - October 31, 2024



Click HERE for the 2024 44th International Exhibition Prospectus


Click HERE for the 2024 list of Accepted Artists



44th International Exhibition Juror:
Ratindra Das  A.W.S (DF), N.W.S, TWSA(DM),
WW Master, WHS

Ratindra Das is a Dolphin Fellow and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. He holds a Distinguished Master status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, a Master Signature member in Watercolor West, a member of Watercolor USA Honor Society, signature member of National Watercolor Society and six other watercolor societies. He is recipient of numerous awards including eight in the American Watercolor Society. He was invited to exhibit in the 1st
“Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition” and in the exhibition of “ International Watermedia Masters in Nanjing, China”, “Taiwan World Watercolor Competition”, Republic of China. He has been appointed as Honorary Member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute. A popular workshop instructor and frequent juror of shows and competitions, he has served as a selection juror and awards juror for the American Watercolor Society and many other national exhibitions. He has conducted workshops and seminars throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Singapore and China .He frequently gives demonstrations to general public as well as artists’ groups. Ratindra recently published his second book, “Watercolor-with an Eye for Design” .The first book
“Watercolor Beyond Obvious Reality- a workshop in a book” is still available through his website
He has been featured in several books and magazines and was included in a featured article “Break the Rules” in “Watercolor Magazine”, by American Artist, “Workshop 101” in Watercolor Artist, and in “Best of America Watermedia Artists, Vol 2”. He produced a workshop video titled “Painting a Personal Reality in Watercolor”. He is represented by the Blue Dolphin House and Gallery, Ephraim, Wisconsin; Mullaly’s 128 Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI; Li Fine Art Gallery in Singapore.
“There is no better reason to paint than just for the love of it. I enjoy, I struggle and I exult. Sometime I will not follow the norms and rules of watercolor. Those who write prose will go by the rules, poets will not. Painting is a visual poem”---Ratindra Das


 Past Exhibitions - Online Galleries

2023 43rd International Exhibition

2022 42nd International Exhibition

2021 41st International Exhibition

2020 40th International Exhibition

2019 39th International Exhibition

2018 38th International Exhibition

2017 37th International Exhibition

2016 36th International Exhibition

2015 35th International Exhibition

2014 34th International Exhibition