2020 Potential New Members:
Our procedures have changed.
There is a button below where you can download your membership application. Please download the application, understand the requirements for your watercolor painting, and complete the application.
Instead of submitting 3 matted watercolors in-person, you are asked to do the following to complete your submission:
1. Take a picture of each of your paintings without a mat
2. Create pictures as a .JPG file and make sure each picture is between 1 MB and 3 MB
3. You will submit the 3 .JPGs, the application, and the title and size of each painting to COWSWebsite@columbus.rr.com.
Submission deadline is MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 12 midnight.
Paintings will be juried the weekend of October 17th. The membership committee chair will notify you of the results.
Any questions, please contact us here.
The Central Ohio Watercolor Society accepts nominations for new members on an annual basis. Individuals are eligible for application for membership if they are interested in furthering the use of transparent watercolor as a form of artistic expression with demonstrated skills of professional quality and live in Ohio.
Any member in good standing may recommend to the chairperson of the membership committee the name of a potential member.
The selection of new members occur during the period of September 15 to October 30 each year. New members will not be selected at any other time. Each potential new member shall submit three matted (not framed) pieces, following the requirements of submission and will include the application provided below. The paintings must conform to the totally transparent watercolor criterion of the organization. Check this website for the specific date and most recent application.
Per the COWS By-laws, the definition of transparent watercolor is as follows:
Transparent watercolor only may be used as the painting medium. “Transparent watercolor” is defined as paint so marked and advertised as “watercolor” by the manufacturer. Thus all other water-based media and any white paint shall not be used. The paint may be applied directly as it comes from the tube or pan, or diluted with water. No other material shall be permanently added to the painting surface or mixed with the watercolor medium, except graphite pencil may be used for the initial structural drawing.
The surface on which the watercolor is applied shall be paper, sized only by the manufacturer. No additional substance shall be applied to the support material nor any other support surface used.
Paintings copied from photographs, other than your own, or during a workshop or classroom situation are not eligible.
Any questions, please contact the Membership Committee Chairperson
Members are required to pay membership dues in full by January 1 or each year and demonstrate enthusiasm for the purposes of the society by participation in its meetings and events.
Members may hold any elective office and committee assignment, submit information about potential members, bring guests to any program meeting of the society, participate in exhibitions and other events and activities of the society.
Watercolor is unique in its unparalleled ability to portray light. Your style may be tight or loose, fast or slow, thick or thin, and bright or subtle. We celebrate its uniqueness!