Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS)

2023 WFWS Annual Exhibition

To all Active WSO members:

Now is the time to be creating a painting for Western Fed’s annual show! This year it will be hosted by the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) in Grapevine, Texas.

The juror will be Mary Whyte! Mary Whyte is an internationally known watercolor artist and the author of seven books. Further background about Mary Whyte is available on her website and on the ArtCall website.

The exhibition dates are May 6, 2023-June 2, 2023.

Please note the dates for submission: Opens October 3, 2022 and closes 11:59 PM CST January 13, 2023.

All pertinent information can be found on the Art Call page for the WFWS exhibition. Make sure you carefully read the prospectus and view the video (on Art Call) on how to submit your paintings.

Note: It has been reported that uploading your images to ArtCall works best using Google Chrome from your computer. Some people have had difficulty adding images from Safari or from their iPhones.

All entries must comply with the terms and conditions of the prospectus. You can download the prospectus here or see it on the ArtCall website.

Prospectus Overview

  • Minimum painting size: 100 square inches
  • Maximum outside mat size: 30” x 40”
  • Minimum mat width 3.5” on all sides
  • $30 for one entry; $40 for two entries; $50 for three entries. 
  • Of the paintings entered by each artist, only one painting may be selected, and must be for sale (25% processing fee deducted from each sale). W9 required for each sold painting.
  • SWS will email an artist contract to each juried-in artist directly. 

The WFWS exhibition will allow an alternative presentation of varnished finish and mat (no plexiglas) in addition to traditionally framed paintings under a white mat and glass.

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies WFWS annual exhibition is a National Show, open to water media artists who are current members of one of the WFWS Component Societies (AWA, CWS, IWS, NMWS, SDWS, SAWG, SWS, UWS, WSO, WTWS).

Membership in WFWS is automatic for any member of one the ten societies shown.

In order to submit a painting, you must be an active member of WSO and have paid your dues for 2023. This is an incredible opportunity to have your painting compete for selection in a large, well known regional show.

Chris Stubbs, WFWS Delegate
Robin Becic, WFWS Alternate Delegate