New Membership

There are two types of membership available: Active (juried) and Subscriber (not juried).

If you are already a member (of any type) and with to renew your membership, please go to the Renew Your Membership page.

Applying for Active Membership

To be considered for Active Membership, please use the PayPal button below to pay your $10 application fee, after which you will be asked to fill out an online form and attach 3 JPG images of your work. Please be sure you have your images ready and that they are each under 1 MB in size.

If you are accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon as an Active Member, the annual membership dues are $50.

Apply for Active Membership below ($10 application fee):

Note: you will be able to pay via PayPal using a credit card without opening a PayPal account. When you have completed payment you will be redirected to a form that you will need to fill out in order to complete your membership application. If you are not redirected to the application form automatically, please go to this page to finish – Application for Active Membership.

If you would prefer to apply by mail, please print and send your completed application – WSO Member Application (PDF format) and a $10 check made out to “WSO” to the address indicated in the application, and email 3 JPG images of your work to Sarah Bouwsma at

Your images will be judged on three elements: 1) Basic use of water media, 2) Design and composition, and 3) Artistic interpretation of subject. The images should be in *.jpeg format (.jpg) with the longest side equal to 1200 pixels. Although professionally produced images are not required, members of the jury will judge your work based on the quality of your images. See instructions for producing your images.

The deadline is September 15th for the current year. Applications received after that date will be included in the jurying process for the next year.

Upcoming Policy Change: New Application Process for Active Membership EFFECTIVE October 7, 2019

  1. Effective October 7, 2019, WSO will implement a new application process for active membership. It will NOT require submission of 3 images for a jury process.
  2. If you have already applied for membership by submitting 3 images and the application form, no changes need to be made, and all the details for applying remain the same.
  3. If you prefer NOT to submit 3 images to be juried and wish to apply for active membership, please do so on or after October 7, 2019. At that time all information on how to apply for Active Membership to WSO will be updated and in place.

Applying for Subscriber Membership

If you would like to receive WSO Publications and attend WSO events, but do not want to apply for Active membership, you may be interested in becoming a Subscriber. Subscriber dues are $35 each year and entitle you to attend all WSO events and WSO workshops. Subscribers are not eligible to enter paintings in the Spring and Fall Exhibitions. Subscriber memberships are available at any time. You will be able to pay by PayPal, credit card, or check.

Become a  Subscriber Member.