Since 1977, the South Carolina Watermedia Society has been promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public. The Society works towards achieving its goals by making the accomplishments of its members available to a broad base of South Carolinians.

SCWS, the largest statewide visual arts group, is an active presenting organization. We nurture and promote South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities, special programs to market their original works and coordinate educational programs. In addition, our goals include public outreach and participation in the arts.

Activities include:

  • Annual Exhibition
  • Annual Painting Workshop
  • Professional Seminars & Educational Programs
  • Traveling Exhibit
  • Regular Communication
  • Arts Advocacy
  • Marketing & Promotions of the Arts & Member Artist

Our Mission

The mission of the SC Watermedia Society is to promote the aesthetic and professional interests of its members and to provide the public with artistic opportunities through watermedia painting; Elevate the stature of watermedia and educate the public to its significance as an important creative permanent painting medium; Further the interests of watermedia painters by its programs and competitive exhibits, and to encourage the study of watermedia painting; Promote the highest aesthetic standards within the visual arts, and to cooperate with and participate in other similar organizations in order to stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts.

Opportunities for Our Members:

Entrance into the annual exhibit. All members will be able to enter up to two images.

Relaxed framing requirements by maintaining the integrity of the show but allowing artsist more framing choices.

Free education opportunities for members through our regional gatherings where artist instructors conduct demos, critiques, etc.

Art advocacy with the SC Arts Commission

Communication through our dvds, member catalogs and group emails.

If you are interested in becoming a member, click here to join now!

2020 Board of Directors List

Executive Board

Russell Jewell – President
Sandra Roper –Vice President
Lynda English – Past President

Regional Directors

David Phillips – Plein Air Chairman
Renea Eshleman- Midlands
Victoria Alger- Grand Strand
Lori Wilson- Hilton Head
Sandra Roper- Upstate
Renee Kahn, Carolyn Epperly- Charleston
Jennifer Edwards- Florence


Anna Izard –  Content Director