Iowa Watercolor Society 2020 Membership

Membership in the Iowa Watercolor Society is open to any Iowa resident age 18 years or over and runs from January 1 to December 31, each year. Beginners, amateurs, seasoned professionals, or just interested observers are welcome to join the organization. Beginning for 2020, students in high school, community college, or college can become a member for a discounted rate. 

As a member, you will learn tips about art, painting, how to prepare for juried shows, and just more-and-more about the world of watercolor. You will receive digital newsletters throughout the year; updates on upcoming shows and workshops; the Annual Exhibit Call for Entries, as well as the Exhibition Booklet. The sponsored workshops bring together watercolor artists of all levels who have the common goal of improving their art. The enthusiastic, hands-on instruction gives everyone the desire to Paint Boldly! Take a risk! Step back and see what happens!

Beginning for 2020, students in high school, community college, or college can become a member for a discounted rate. 

Benefits of Membership

  1. Members are eligible to exhibit in the annual juried exhibition with no entry fees. Members can sell paintings in the exhibition.
  2. Many paintings in the annual exhibition travel the State of Iowa for a year in the IWS “Traveling Show,” being exhibited in art museums and art associations.
  3. The organization hosts at least two workshops per year with member-priority registration.
  4. Every other year, IWS sponsors a member-only exhibition in the spring, with “People’s Choice” awards.
  5. Members receive newsletters and e-mails with information and announcements about IWS, member activities, and opportunities for members.
  6. Members can publicize their exhibitions, workshops and web sites in the IWS newsletter, emails, Facebook page, and web site.
  7. Members can post their watercolor-related news, photos, and announcements on the IWS Facebook page, or IWS administrators will provide this service.
  8. The organization publicizes exhibitions to art museum curators, art gallery owners and managers, and art association directors.
  9. The organization publicizes its events to the media, on its web site and Facebook page, and through other social media outlets.
** Important note:  Membership dues can be paid by Check or by Credit Card.  If paying by Credit Card - click on the PayPal button to be directed to the correct site.  

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Area of interest: We depend on our members to help us fulfill our education goals, prepare for the annual exhibit, arrange the traveling shows, write articles for the newsletter, etc. Let us know how you would like to be involved.
 

Benefits:

The Benefits of Attending the Iowa Watercolor Workshop’s Annual Meeting:

  1. Get to know the “Artists Behind the Paintings.” We are a “virtual” organization with members across the State of Iowa.  The Annual Meeting is your one opportunity each year to meet your community of watercolor friends in Iowa.  
  1. The life of an artist can be lonely – get out of your studio to spend time with your fellow Iowa watercolor artists.  Support your fellow artists by congratulating them on their exhibition awards.  YOU may be one if this year’s winners, too!  We want to congratulate you in person.
  1. Learn from world-class workshop teachers and exhibition jurors.
  1. Share your knowledge.  As you enjoy lunch with IWS colleagues, help your colleagues by sharing your latest art making techniques, marketing ideas, technology utilization and art shows experiences.
  1. Network.  The next conversation you have with your art colleagues could provide you with a key opportunity, or a key contact or a key idea.  Or, you may provide your colleagues with key information to help them.

  2. Learn about Volunteer Opportunities– give your time and efforts for the benefit of you and others in the Iowa Watercolor Society.  Help the preeminent watercolor organization in Iowa.  Gain respect and friendship of your fellow artists by volunteering.
  1. Learn what the IWS has done for members and the art world in Iowa this past year.
  1. Win a Door Prize! Many members will win door prizes from sponsors.  Be there to win!

Information:

The Iowa Watercolor Society, Iowa’s Preeminent Nonprofit Association for
Iowa’s Watercolor Artists of All Skill Levels
 
Who we are...
The Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) was organized in 1977 by a small group of enthusiastic watercolorists, which means we are over forty years old! IWS now celebrates well over 150 members and offers the opportunity for watercolorists of all skill levels to network with artists statewide. Each fall, the IWS sponsors an annual luncheon, exhibition, awards ceremony, and workshop. Ours is a juried exhibition with monetary awards. The IWS accepts entries in water media on watercolor paper and members may submit two paintings for consideration — without entry fees. From the annual exhibition, a traveling show is created and provides outreach around the state. The well-attended and fun-filled three-day workshops, held three days prior to, and three days following, the annual meeting are taught by nationally and internationally recognized teachers. Recent instructors include:Janet Rogers, Anne Abbgot Sterling Edwards, Iain Stewart, Stephen Quiller, Alvaro Castagnet, Don Andrews, Paul Jackson and Carol Carter.
 
Why should I join?
Beginners, amateurs, seasoned professionals, or just interested observers all find a home with the Iowa Watercolor Society. As a member, you will learn tips about art, watercolor painting, and how to prepare for juried shows. You will receive at least two newsletters a year, periodic e-mails with announcements, a membership directory, the Annual Exhibit Call for Entries, as well as the Exhibition Booklet. The IWS workshops bring together watercolor artists of all levels who have the common goal of improving their art. The enthusiastic, hands-on instruction gives everyone the desire to: Paint boldly! Take a risk! Step back and see what happens!
 
How can I get involved?
One of the advantages of membership in an art society is the opportunity to learn by volunteering, and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others. Volunteers are the heart of the Iowa Watercolor Society. Learn how to put on an exhibition by serving on the Exhibition Committee. “Put Wheels” under the traveling show by organizing two-month exhibitions around the state to showcase the talents of Iowa’s watercolor artists. Share your knowledge by writing articles for the newsletter and teach workshops. Use, and develop, your leadership skills by serving on the Board. Questions? Contact us at IowaWatercolorSociety@gmail.com, send a message on our Facebook page, or send a question on our web site “Contact Us” page. To join the Iowa Watercolor Society, complete the form in this brochure and mail it in with your dues.  
 
We hope you'll join us!