The Idaho Watercolor Society is more than just an organization. It is a group of people who share friendship, encourage personal growth, give support to one another, and organize awesome events. Anyone can join; you do not have to be an artist. The Society sponsors a range of activities statewide: exhibitions, workshops, paint-togethers, social get-togethers, holiday parties, and educational programs where beginning artists can learn and grow.
IWS was founded as a non-profit in 1979 to support and promote water media and to educate the public as to its significance. From a charter membership of less than 20 members, we have grown to over 250 members statewide.
Regional centers are located in Boise, Moscow, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Twin Falls.
Shows & Exhibitions
IWS provides a variety of venues and exhibitions throughout the year:
- Rotunda State Capital Show
- Annual Membership Exhibition
- Annual Juried Membership Exhibition
- Annual Exhibition Traveling Show
- Annual WFWS Show
- Regional Art Shows
IWS is one of eleven regional society members of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. WFWS sponsors an annual juried exhibition hosted each year by a different member. Membership in WFWS is automatic for Active and Associate Members. Go to http://www.wfws.org for more information.
To support beginning watercolorists, IWS annually provides cash scholarships and one-year paid memberships to three outstanding college or university students. Funding is from donations and the Ruth Clark Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the IWS founding mother.