The Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) and the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) are excited to announce that the OMA will host the FWS 53rd Annual Exhibition in 2025. The Annual Exhibition is recognized as one of the top watermedia exhibits in the US, consisting of the 100 best watermedia paintings from among those submitted by Florida artists. The Exhibition is selected by an internationally recognized watermedia artist. The show will take place from September 13 and November 23, 2025.
About Florida Watercolor Society
The Florida Watercolor Society is one of the largest state societies of watermedia artists in the United States. Its mission is to promote the art of watercolor and to educate the public as to the importance of watercolor as a creative and permanent painting medium, while contributing to the cultural atmosphere of the state of Florida. Fifty years ago, Guy Beattie, Director of the Maitland Art Center, invited Florida watercolorists to contribute their work to an exhibition. Because of interest in the show, the Florida Watercolor Society was founded with twenty-six artists becoming Charter Members. Today, membership has grown to around 1000. “I am so excited that FWS will be returning to Orlando, to the prestigious galleries of the OMA. OMA is known throughout Florida for its commitment to contemporary Florida artists, making it a great location for FWS in 2025”, says Katherine Davis of Orlando, FWS 2003 and 2004 president.
Annual exhibits for 2022 through 2024 will be:
- 2022 – Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, September 26 – November 14, juror Mark Mehaffey
- 2023 – Webber Gallery, College of Central Florida, Ocala, September 25 – October 26, juror Andy Evansen
- 2024 – Creative Pinellas, Largo, August 21 to October 13, juror Stephen Quiller
In addition to its annual exhibit, FWS organizes an Annual Online Exhibit for non-signature members, holds both in person and online demonstrations and workshops, and provides an annual scholarship to a college student studying watermedia. For more information, visit www.floridawatercolorsociety.org
About Orlando Museum of Art
The Orlando Museum of Art is one of Central Florida’s leading cultural institutions serving a diverse metropolitan area of over 2.6 million residents as well as a significant population of national and international visitors to the area. The museum presents American Art, Contemporary Art, Art of the Ancient Americans and African Art from its permanent collections, changing temporary exhibitions and an array of educational programs for children, families and adults. With these programs the Orlando Museum of Art strives to stimulate creativity, passion, and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas.