2012.10.convention6WSO sponsors two competitions each year in the Spring and Fall. Each exhibition is part of a weekend convention that takes place at different locations around the state of Oregon.

Active members are invited, by prospectus, to submit digital images to be juried by a nationally known artist. Eighty paintings are chosen for each exhibition, and twenty paintings that the juror deems to be outstanding are selected to receive cash and merchandise awards.

Images are typically due by August 1st and February 1st. If your painting is selected, there are specific requirements for display. These are explained on our painting preparation page.

Please view images of accepted paintings from past conventions on our history page. The award winning paintings are exhibited in a six-month traveling show.


Harold Walkup shows off the finished product of his Fall 2012 convention paint out workshop.


One session of “SYD” at the 2012 Fall Convention.


Future Exhibitions and Conventions





Juror & Workshop Host


Spring 2018

 Florence  Kathryn Damon-Dawson  Fran Larson
Transparent  Fall 2018 Salem TBA Robbie Laird
Aqueous  Spring 2019 Downtown Portland Moya Lehman  Jane Davies
 Transparent  Fall 2019 Bend/Sisters  Linda Burgel, Jennifer Starr, & Linda Shelton   Joyce      Hicks

WSO Convention Workshop

Workshops are held twice a year in conjunction with our conventions. They are normally held the week before or the week after the weekend activities and each is presented by the artist who juries the show at the convention. Workshops are limited to WSO Active Members and opened to Subscriber Members if spaces remain available.