The International Watermedia Exhibition (IWE) is one of two juried exhibitions held annually, the other being the Annual Members Exhibit (AME). Whereas AME is open to only WAS-H members, IWE showcases the excellence of watermedia 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.
Vladislav Yeliseyev, Juror and Judge
Signature member of American Impressionist and National Watercolor Societies
With a Classical Art education and a Master's Degree in Architecture, for over 30 years Vlad has lived and worked in the United States, amassing a dedicated following of art enthusiasts. His artwork is praised for its mastery of light and color, showcased through bold brushstrokes, skillful color schemes, and clear calligraphy. With a limited palette and minimal brushstrokes Vlad creates paintings that evoke a sense of the depicted objects rather than their intricate details. He often employs warm colors to achieve richness while maintaining the transparency of watercolor. Vlad's intention is not to simply depict the object itself but to capture the light, leaving room for interpretation and evoking a poetic response from the viewer.
Creativity . . . collaboration . . . community . . . celebration
The 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 thanks only 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.