In 1983, Ong Kim Seng obtained the Paul B. Remmy American Watercolor Society Memorial Award. He was the first Singaporean to win this award. In 1982 to 1983, Lim Hwee Tiong won the Special Award organised by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art Alumni Association. Keng Tiang Tee’s artwork was collected by the Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial. In 1985, Lim Hwee Tiong won Tan Tsze Chor Art Scholarship and won 1st Prize in UOB Painting Competition (Representational Category). In 1986, Lim Hwee Tiong was selected to exhibit in Artistes Contemporains De Singapore Au Grand Palais, Paris. In 1986, Low Puay Hua was also awarded Silver Medal by the Salon Des Artistes, Paris, France. Following, consecutively in 1988 and 1989, Ong Kim Seng was awarded the Lucy B. Moore Award and Clara Stroud Award by AWS respectively. These awards brought SWS onto the international stage and renowned watercolour master Dong Kingman was made Honorary Advisor of SWS in 1985.