The Watercolor Society of Alabama

Watercolor Society of Alabama began in 1939 with an exciting vision to promote, create and inspire painters in the art of watercolor media. We embrace that vision by holding juried watercolor competitions each year: WSA Annual National Exhibition, Statewide Alabama Members Showcase, and Online Showcase.

We offer workshops taught by nationally and internationally known artists. Vibrant Newsletters, published quarterly, keep members informed and connected.

National Online Showcase ’24

Award Winners

83rd WSA National Exhibition

June 1, 2024 ~
June 28, 2024
The Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts
301 Hill St

Wetumpka AL 36092

Selection Juror: Matthew Bird
Awards Judge: Iain Stewart AWS/NWS
Contact: 334-478-3366


83rd WSA National Exhibition


Mar 26Entry DEADLINE (online entry required)

Apr 5Selection Juror Begins

Apr 19 – Artists Accepted List/Acceptance Letter with Shipping Instructions posted on Web

May 14-17Shipped Work Due at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Gallery 

May 18 – Hand Carried Work Due/hanging (10:00AM – 1:00PM)

May 30 – Jun 1 – Workshop with (9:30AM – 4:00PM) By Iain Stewart

Jun 2 – WSA Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony (1:00PM – 3:00PM))

Jun 28 – Exhibition Closes

Jun 29 – Hand Carried Paintings to be picked up (10:00AM – 1:00PM)

Jun 29-Jul 3Paintings packaged, and shipping begins.

Juror of Selection

Matthew Bird

Matthew Bird is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. He is a Signature Member of numerous organizations, including the National Watercolor Society where he served as vice president, and his award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, England, Greece, Hong Kong, and Italy. His work is in permanent museum collections as well as numerous private collections.

Matthew has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine as one of “Today’s Masters” (Feb. & Oct. 2018, Feb. & April 2019), American Art Collector (Issue 158, 171), International Artist Magazine (No. 129 Oct./Nov.) Watercolor Magazine “Year’s Best Paintings” (2019, 2020, 2022) and as “One To Watch” (Dec. 2017), The Artist’s Magazine (July/August 2017), The Art Of Watercolour magazine (Issue 32), and the Splash-Best of Watercolor book series.

A sought-after teacher, Matthew has also been a contributing writer to numerous publications, including Realism Today, Fine Art Today, Artists on Art, and American Watercolor Weekly.

For 15 years he worked as a designer and art director in advertising agencies, specializing in non-profit fundraising. As an illustrator, he has five children’s books published and his paintings have been used as greeting cards for The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, and the National Audubon Society, among others.

Matthew lives with his wife and children outside Baltimore, where he maintains his studio.

Awards Judge

Iain Stewart AWS/NWS

Iain Stewart is a Scots born watercolor artist and a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies among other state and international entities. He has also recently been inducted into the Whiskey Painters of America. 

His work has received numerous awards in international competition and hangs in many corporate and private collections.

Iain is a sought-after watercolor instructor and juror and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. He has just finished production of his 5th instructional DVD.  In 2021 his first book on painting; En Plein Air- Light and Color, was published. 

Iain maintains a studio near Auburn University in Alabama, and in addition to gallery work, is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and has taught watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University where he received his degree in Architecture.   

Iain is an International Brand Ambassador for:

Escoda Brushes

Daniel Smith Watercolors

Stillman & Birn Sketchbook


Iain Stewart AWS/NWS

Iain Stewart has traveled and taught around the world, always with a sketchbook with him. This workshop will build upon those skills while exploring and painting the land, sea, and sky. (WSA members $425; Non-WSA members; $450) For workshop information contact Carolyn Wilder (770-710-1166) The workshop will be held at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts. The workshop will be limited to 15 students.