SCWS 2020

By June 9, 2020Member Update

The South Carolina Watermedia Society is carrying on despite COVID-19. In addition to our regular showings–the 2020 Spring Digital Show and the 2020 Annual Exhibition–the Board of Directors will be using the 2020 year to rebuild and rejuvenate the assets and opportunities it offers its members. Please continue reading for more specific information about the Society’s innovation:

What We’ve Accomplished So Far

SCWS began the year by welcoming Russell Jewell, NWS, as the society’s 2020 president. The Spring Digital Show began accepting submissions at the end of March and closed April 26. Jeremey Sams judged the show and selected “A Forgotten Hero” by Catherine Hillis as the show’s first place winner. Sams selected “Catch More Fish” by Audrey Montgomery and “Late Afternoon Gathering” by Kathy Caudill as second and third place winners respectively. All entries along with a reflection from Sams can be viewed on our 2020 Digital Show Gallery page. In May, the Society received a relief grant from SC Arts for $971.00 to be used for administrative costs and announced its first virtual event Fun for the Fourth. As we enter June, the Board has set its sights on developing and publishing a prospectus for the 2020 Annual Show and solidifying entry and announcement dates.

Board of Directors & Staff

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

Virtual and Upcoming Events

Fun for the Fourth Virtual Paint Out – June 26 – July 5

The South Carolina Watermedia Society will be celebrating our nation’s independence with a plein air paint out. The goal of this event is to encourage you to get outside and get painting! Join our Facebook Event “SCWS Paint Out: Fun For the Fourth” to connect with other participating artists.

2020 Annual Exhibition – TBD

The Board of Directors will be meeting June 15 to discuss the prospectus and dates of this exhibition. In light of COVID-19 and in the interest of the health and safety of all our members, we will not be hosting a physical exhibition or gathering. The show will be fully available online once awards and selections by juror Ted Nuttal have been published and announced.

How You Can Get Involved

The SCWS is currently without an executive director and is seeking candidates for the position as a paid employee with a salary range of $10,000 to $12,000 per year. Alternatively, the SCWS can distribute some of the duties to interested members of the society, reducing the responsibilities and compensation of the executive director.

Please respond to indicating your interested role(s) in the subject line. SCWS is currently looking for leaders in any of the following areas:

  • Membership Management
  • Accounting
  • Grant Writing
  • Events Coordination