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 water based media art.
For over three decades, the International Exhibition has been the highlight of the year for SDWS. This annual event attracts entries from hundreds of water based media artists worldwide. Accepted artists are eligible for large cash and merchandise awards. Thousands of visitors view the exhibition during the month of October.
FIRST LOOK/ARTIST GALA & AWARDS CEREMONY (INVITE ONLY): September 30, 2023
ARTIST BREAKFAST (INVITE ONLY): October 1, 2023
EXHIBITION OPENS: October 1, 2023
EXHIBITION CLOSES: October 31, 2023
LOCAL HAND-DELIVERED ARTWORK PICKUP: October 31, 2023
It is crucial to read the entire Prospectus prior to entering. All eligibility requirements including the allowed media, substrates, dates, and other important information are described in the Prospectus. San Diego Watercolor Society Members should take note that these requirements are different from a monthly member show. Please email the International Exhibition Team at email@example.com with any questions.
Click HERE for the 2023 43rd International Exhibition Prospectus
Click HERE for the 2023 List of Accepted Artists
Click HERE for forms & instructions (Accepted Artists Only) PAY FEES & DOWNLOAD FORMS
43rd International Exhibition Juror: Stephen Zhang
His experience as a juror includes the National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition, the Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, the Visual Arts Society of Texas, and others. Zhang is known for his unique approaches to watercolor, incorporating the artistic traditions of the East and West.
Past Exhibitions - Online Galleries
2022 42nd International Exhibition
Financial support is provided
by the City of San Diego.
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