WFWS History & Signature Status



WFWS 46 coming to Utah in 2021!


WFWS (Western Federation of Watercolor Societies)

Click here for 2019 WFWS Exhibition information

Click here for Archives of Past WFWS Exhibitions

The Utah Watercolor Society (UWS) is a Member of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS). This allows our UWS members to enter the annual WFWS exhibition.

WFWS Signature Status

WFWS Signature Membership Status is obtained by participating in three WFWS exhibitions.  (NOTE: Being accepted in WFWS also counts toward the UWS Signature Status requirement of being accepted to eight different UWS qualifying exhibitions.)

UWS Members who have achieved WFWS SIGNATURE MEMBERSHIP status:
Dianne Johnson Adams (2016)

Osral Allred *
Shirley Bailey (2018)
Joyce Baron (2015)
Terrece Beesley (2013)
Brienne M. Brown (2016)
Lynda Burruss (2015)
Kristi Grussendorf (2013)
Jeanne S. Hansen (2016)
Laurel Hart
Rebecca W. Hartvigsen (2019)
Kazuko Sasaki Hill (2016)

Lola Kartchner (2017)
Paige Kimball (2018)
Cara Koolmees (2019)
Jossy Lownes
Sue Martin (2018)
Nancy Maxfield Lund
Sherry Meidell
Dottie Miles
Maura K. Naughton
Carl Purcell
Mary J. Pusey (2016)
Irene Rampton (2013)
Ian Ramsay (2018)
Spike Ress (2011)
Steve Sheffield
Kathy Sutherland (2015)


WFWS History

The New Mexico Watercolor Society formed the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) some 30 years ago, through the foresight and work of Dr. David Gale (1915-1980).  Today, the Federation includes over 4,500 artists in ten regional societies:

Arizona Watercolor Association
Colorado Watercolor Society
Idaho Watercolor Society
New Mexico Watercolor Society
San Diego Watercolor Society
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild
Southwestern Watercolor Society
Utah Watercolor Society
Watercolor Society of Oregon
West Texas Watercolor Society

The Federation encourages and recognizes artistic excellence through annual exhibitions.  The yearly exhibition and delegates meeting is hosted by a regional member society on a rotating basis.  Each society pays annual dues to the hosting society to help defray expenses of the show.  Societies also use entry fees, fund raisers, solicitation of donations, grants, or a portion individual society monies to cover costs.  The expenses for these exhibits include such items as fees for a nationally recognized artist to jury the show, awards for winners, publication of a catalog of accepted paintings, publicity, refreshments for the reception, etc.

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies



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