Merit Awards

Each painting accepted into a juried WSO Fall or Spring Show is worth Merit Points. WSO members, earn Merit Award points in different values and when you have accumulated ten points, you receive special recognition. Download a copy of the Merit Award Point List or pick up a copy at the next show. Fill it out with a record of your points and send it in. We’ll keep track of your points from 10 points.

For information about Active (“Juried”) Membership, please visit Become a Member.

Through the fall 2008 show in Florence, artists received a total of five points for a Sweepstakes award, three points for 1st, 2nd or 3rd, and one point for paintings that got into the show but did not win an award.

Counting up the votes for the People's Choice award

Counting up the votes for the People’s Choice award

Beginning Spring ’09, we changed the name of Sweepstakes to “Best of Show” and it still earned 5 points (we have dropped the name of 1st place.) Now, we will have special names for 2nd through 6th place followed by awards of Distinction. You will earn a total of four points for a 2nd, 3rd or 4th place award, a total of three points for all other award winning paintings and one point for paintings that got into a show but did not win an award.

You receive recognition at conventions as you reach each level and beautiful WSO logo pins at 25 points (platinum level, a silver pin) and at 50 points (diamond level, a gold pin).

We would like to encourage everyone to start now and keep a list of the WSO exhibitions they have been in and the awards they have received. Even if you are a new member and are just beginning to enter shows, start now! It is surprising how quickly time passes and you will want to have that information. Just this year I have been asked at least three different times to “research” this information about different members, even if they never submitted or joined the Merit Award system.

Think positive and assume you will (eventually) be a huge success! Museums, galleries and books will be seeking your biographical information.


Congratulations to our Merit Award recipients at the 2015 Spring Convention in Newport:

Diamond Award with gold pin (50-74 points)

  • Sarah Bouwsma

Platinum Award with silver pin (25-49 points)

  • Pat Renner
  • John Bradley
  • Maud Durland

Gold Award (20-24 points)

  • Doyle Leek

Silver Award (15-19 points)

  • Mila Raphael
  • Joneile Emery

Bronze Award (10-14 points)

  • Joneile Emery
  • Roxanne Williams