Sangamon Watercolor Society (SWS) organized around 1984 to educate the general public in watercolor medium. SWS is a non-juried organization open to area adults interested in pursuing watercolor study and creative learning experiences. Part of that education is done through workshops and the group’s exposure in different galleries.
SWS offers watercolor workshops annually and publically exhibits artwork in galleries in and around Sangamon County. The organization offers educational programs at their monthly meetings.
Watercolor workshops range from one day to 5 days; SWS hosts 4 workshops in some years and more recently two per year. The society offers advanced watercolor training and some workshops are geared toward beginners. SWS diversifies as many teachers are recognized worldwide for their expertise in watercolor and also has its’ members volunteer to teach what they excel at.
SWS has a permanent gallery in the board room on the third floor of the Hoogland Center for the Arts, downtown Springfield. SWS arranges for one all-member competitive exhibit in the Fall in conjunction with the October workshop. The group participates in an average of 1 or 2 other exhibits elsewhere annually.