Why Join the TnWS?

The Tennessee Watercolor Society currently has 250 members and is the largest and most respected organization in Tennessee dedicated to the exploration, study and advocacy of watermedia.

To efficiently address member needs, the TnWS has the following geographic divisions:  Region I-Memphis, Region II-Nashville, Region III-Chattanooga, Region IV-Knoxville, and Region V-Tri-Cities. The president appoints a contact to represent each region who serves as that region’s liaison to the TnWS Board of Directors. Regional Contacts coordinate requests and program ideas through our vice president.

We are recognized for our juried Biennial Exhibition, which has been held in Tennessee since 1972. Any Tennessee resident (18 years or older) can enter this exhibition. In addition to the Biennial Exhibition (held in even-numbered years), we sponsor (in odd years) an Online Exhibition just for TnWS members.

In addition, we conduct a workshop during each Biennial Exhibition opening, taught by that year’s exhibition juror. In years when Biennial Exhibitions aren’t held, we sponsor an additional workshop conducted by a noted regional watermedia artist. TnWS-sponsored workshops are open to anyone; however, TnWS members receive first placement in classes.

Additional Benefits

In addition to exhibitions and workshops, we hold meetings, hold non-juried shows in the regional divisions, and organize a range of other activities for the membership – including social gatherings, field trips, demonstrations and lectures/presentations.

Members have online access to the newsletter ArtBeat, which is published twice a year, and also receive mailed copies of the Biennial Exhibition catalog.

At a Glance

Joining the TnWS means you can:

  • Attend TnWS business meetings and vote for officers
  • Get first placement and member pricing in TnWS-sponsored workshops
  • Be included in the TnWS online Gallery Exhibits in non-juried shows organized by Regions
  • Participate in the juried members-only Online Exhibition
  • Submit works to TnWS Biennial Exhibitions at a greatly discounted entrance fee
  • Have online access to TnWS publications (ArtBeat newsletter, and full-color Biennial Exhibition catalog)

Who can be a TnWS member?
Any dues-paying individual 18 years or older who resides in Tennessee or in a greater metropolitan area bordering Tennessee’s state line is eligible for TnWS membership.

Have Questions?
Please contact Pat Patrick at membership@tnws.org

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