• Any artist whose paintings have been accepted in two (2) juried OWS Exhibitions is eligible to apply or reapply for Signature Membership.
  • You may reapply as many times as necessary.
  • You do not need to be an Associate of OWS to apply for full membership.
  • The application process takes place once each year.

In 2022, applications are due by midnight, June 11.


If you have met the criteria listed above, assemble four (4) digital images of your best paintings from the past three years that have not appeared in any OWS annual exhibition

(image size 300 dpi, longer dimension = 2000 pixels, file size: 1-5 mB)

Submit the images via email to

After receipt of the digital images, the Membership Secretary will proceed as follows:

  1. Group the images by artist, keeping the names secret.
  2. Submit the images to the Officers and Trustees of OWS for review.
  3. Record the votes of the OWS Officers and Trustees cast by ballot.
  4. Contact the applicants via letter with the result: any applicant who receives a majority vote of the Officers and Trustees will become a Signature Member.

If you are accepted, you will then need to email the following to

    •  A close-up digital photo of yourself
    •  An artist’s statement and resume (1 page—Microsoft Word file or equivalent)

   The photo, artist’s statement and resume will be used create a summary for the OWS Newsletter

New Signature Members are expected to be present at the OWS Watercolor Ohio Annual Awards Banquet to receive a membership certificate and OWS pin and to have their photos taken.

Call Aileen Cave if you have any questions: (937) 631-5713