The International Watermedia Exhibition (IWE) showcases the excellence of artists from around the world.  WAS-H was incorporated in 1975, and the first IWE was held in 1977.  For more than forty-five years, this prestigious competition attracts artists from as far away as Australia, China and India.  Selected by a renowned juror and judge, the extraordinary paintings receive exposure in a month-long, open-to-the-public gallery exhibit as well as an online exhibit that lasts through the end of the year. Additionally, participants may win substantial cash awards. 

46th International Watermedia Exhibition

March 5 - 30, 2023


Click here to see the online exhibition gallery: 46th IWE 2023

Click here to see the Catalog:  2023 46th IWE Catalog

Creativity, collaboration, community, celebration

The International Watermedia Exhibition continues to be a remarkable exposition of creativity and collaboration. This year's 46th IWE showcased artistic excellence of 84 global participants at the WAS-H Gallery.  Acclaimed watercolor artist Brenda Swenson served as juror and judge, and winners were awarded over $10,000 in cash prizes.  (Click here for the Prospectus: 46th IWE 2023 Prospectus)

This annual Exhibition is possible only thanks to the collective effort of volunteers and artists from the local and global art community, coming together to create a truly spectacular display of the best-of-the-best of watermedia paintings.

The enthusiasm for this year's Exhibition led to extending gallery hours to seven days/week. Along with the steady flow of walk-ins, many who visited the WAS-H gallery for the first time, the Exhibition welcomed multiple group outings. The stunning artworks made a powerful impact on the hearts and minds of all who attended, inspiring a record number of purchased paintings.

WAS-H is immensely grateful to everyone who contributed to this celebration of our vibrant and diverse watermedia art community, both locally and globally. This includes volunteers, members, board, supporters and donors, and of course, the artists who submitted their amazing works.


Coming in 2024:

47th International Watermedia Exhibition

March 3 - 31, 2024

IWE Catalogs

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