AWS holds two exhibitions each year: the Associate Members Online Exhibition from June-August, and the Annual International Exhibition in April. The Associate Members Online Exhibition is open to AWS Associate members only (artists can join in order to apply) and is held online only. View the 2023 Associate Exhibition here. 

The Annual Exhibition is open to all artists (member and non-member) working in water soluble media: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache and egg tempera on paper. Watercolor board is not accepted.

No collage, pastels, class work, copies, digital images or prints; original work only. The artwork may not be a copy or likeness of another’s work (i.e. painting, drawing, photograph, digital image or print). Only original artwork is accepted.

Maximum frame size is 44” in any direction.

Image size limit is no smaller than 10” x 14”.

All paintings must be sturdily framed and have Plexiglas® plastic glazing. Varnish is not accepted.

The Annual Exhibition is held (in the month of April only) at the Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village, NYC, and attracts hundreds of visitors each year. Many are members of other watercolor societies and art groups. The AWS mails exhibition information each spring to a number of these groups. If you wish to be on the mailing list, please contact the AWS office at 212-206-8986 or e-mail us at info@americanwatercolorsociety.org.

Groups (15 or more people) wishing to attend the exhibition are asked to contact the AWS office and provide the name of the group, the name of a contact person, phone number or e-mail address, the date and time of your visit and the number in the party.

Individuals or small groups do not need to contact the office in advance, but should check with the Salmagundi Club building to confirm open hours: (212) 255-7740.