The fiscal year for the OWS is October 1 - September 30. Renewal invoices are sent in late August and payment is due October 1. Membership privileges are valid from October 1 until September 30 of the following year.

For the current year, dues paid between now and March 1, 2021 entitle a member to submit one entry free of charge to
Watercolor Ohio 2021 and to enjoy membership privileges through September 30, 2021.

Membership entitles a person to receive one entry free of charge to the annual juried exhibition, a copy of the exhibition catalog, and all mailings—including the quarterly newsletter—which contains many interesting and informative articles. It also entitles members to a discount on any classes or workshops offered by OWS and to receive special preview invitations to all OWS events.

All OWS EXHIBITIONS, exhibition catalogs, quarterly newsletters and other programs are funded by membership dues, donations from businesses, the private sector, various foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council, which expends state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.