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Georgia Watercolor Society records

Identifier: MS-0036

Scope and Content

Correspondence, CDs, financial statements, floppy disks, mailers, membership logs, minutes, newsletters, photographs, planning files, press clippings, publications, slides, flashdrives, and other materials generated by the Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS).

Slides in Box 5, folder 1 are labeled as excluded from the 8th National Exhibition but actually pertain to the 7th National Exhibition.


  • 1979-2017


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

Georgia Watercolor Society retains all rights.

Administrative History

The Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS) was founded in March 1975 to promote and develop the art of watercolor painting in the State of Georgia. Originally headquartered in Columbus, Georgia, the society's primary focus is the planning and execution of two juried watermedia exhibitions per year. The national exhibitions, held each spring, are open to all watercolor artists. The member's exhibitions, held in the fall, are open only to GWS members in good standing.

The first Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition opened in the Galleria at the Atlanta Memorial Arts Center on February 3, 1979. The next national exhibition was in 1981 and GWS has since held a national exhibition every year. Early in the organization's history (before 1982), as the National Exhibitions grew in popularity, a second annual show was developed, limited only to members of GWS. The member's exhibitions are held each year in the fall. The national and member's exhibitions are juried by a different well-known watercolor artist every year. The visiting artist also provides a companion painting workshop near the location of the exhibition

GWS board elections are held annually, with executive changes occurring in the spring after the close of the annual national exhibition. Generally a new president is elected each term, with other officers sometimes maintaining positions for multiple years of service.

The GWS founding officers included: President Wyndell L Taylor, First Vice President Sam Spence, Second Vice President Joe Adams, Recording Secretary Nell Johnson, Corresponding Secretary Shirley Redding, Treasurer Allison Christie, and Membership Chairman Eugenia Simmons.


7.07 Linear feet (18 boxes)




Records of the Georgia Watercolor Society, a regional arts organization devoted to promoting the art of watercolor painting. The Georgia Watercolor Society was founded in 1975 and holds two watercolor exhibitions per year, a member's show in the fall and a national show in the spring.


Organized in seven series:

1. General files; 2. Annual files; 3. Exhibitions; sub-series: I. Member Exhibitions II. National Exhibitions; 4. Presidential and Executive Officer Binders; 5. Slides; 6. Additions; 7. Chronological Files.

Series 1 and 4 are arranged alphabetically. Series 2-3 arranged chronologically. Series 5 arranged chronologically by exhibition type. Series 6 are additions given in 2015. Series 7 contains files that were originally on three CDs and one flashdrive. The materials were printed out and organized chronologically with the CD or flashdrive placed in the folders with the printed materials.


Materials were first donated by Nancy Henkel Schulte, president, in 1996 and additions were given by Kathy Rennell Forbes in 2007. An additional donation was made in April 2014. Two boxes of materials were given July 2015. Three CDS, one flashdrive, and paper materials were donated on November 11, 2019.


Materials in boxes 17 and 18 were originally on one flashdrive and three CDs. The materials were printed and arranged chronologically with each CD or flashdrive placed in the files with the printouts.

Processed By

Processed by Sally Hildreth, 2014 Uche Amanambu, 2017, and Jennah MacPherson, 2020.
Finding Aid to the Georgia Watercolor Society Records 1979-2011 MS-0036
Finding aid prepared by Written by Sally Hildreth, 2014; Uche Amanambu, 2017; Jennah MacPherson, 2020.
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Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant. Funds to offset the costs of processing these records were provided by the Georgia Watercolor Society in 2015.

Revision Statements

  • 2017: Additions

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States