Awards, Honors and Scholarships

The Ohio Watercolor Society bestows a number of awards and scholarships every year to deserving artists and has awarded more than $260,700 to Ohio water media artists and institutions since 1978 through exhibition prizes and scholarships funded with the generosity of individuals, corporations, and art material suppliers.

OWS educational efforts include providing scholarships to promising high school students and donating to their respective art departments, publishing a quarterly newsletter, and conducting demonstrations, lectures, and critiques throughout the state.


The Gold, Silver and Bronze Buckeye Leaf Awards are given as the top three monetary prizes to honor the excellence of entries in Watercolor Ohio, the Society's annual juried exhibition. The recipients of these awards also receive the corresponding medal.

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Several other cash and merchandise awards are given for top paintings in
Watercolor Ohio, including the following:
  • Ohio Watercolor Society Award of Excellence (2)
  • Ohio Watercolor Society Award of Distinction (2)
  • Ohio Watercolor Society Award of Merit (3)
  • Memorial Awards


The Ohio Watercolor Society designates Honorary Associates for a term of three years in recognition of performing meritorious work for the Society, for aiding in the advancement of Art or the protection of the rights of artists or in executing outstanding development and/or teaching of Art.

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In 2011, the children of OWS member Jim Brower gave a gift to the Ohio Watercolor Society to create a special award in his name. This award is given annually to a member of OWS for his or her artistic achievements. Information about each award recipient can be found by clicking the artist's name below.


The Ohio Watercolor Society awards the Hodnett-Hacker Memorial High School Student Scholarship to students within the region of our annual exhibition. The following links present the image and statement from each of the recent recipients.