Join Us - Membership

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Note: Email address for Membership Chair has changed. Please use bwsmembership@gmail.com instead of the address in the brochure.

While once confined to Baltimore, this non-profit organization now offers its members the opportunity to display their work in galleries stretching from the Eastern Shore to the mountains of Western Maryland as well as the suburbs of Washington, D.C. In addition, the Society hosts painting demonstrations and lectures, workshops, peer critiques, a monthly newsletter, bus trips to major exhibitions, and the opportunity to paint on location with other artists.

Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) has two levels of Artist membership: Associate and Signature Artist plus an Exhibit Visitors member.

Signature Artist Membership

As a Regional Watercolor Society, BWS welcomes all artists residing in the "Mid-Atlantic" area (Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia) to apply for Signature membership.  Associates and Exhibit Visitor classification has no geographic constraints.

Paintings are juried for the Signature Artist level of membership twice each year in March and October. You are also eligible for Signature membership if you have been accepted in the Mid-Atlantic 3 times.

Here are some resources for you to learn more about Jurying

 Instructions for Entry, Jurying Guidelines, and Jurying Criteria

If selected Signature Artist dues are $35 annually. Signature Artists are not required to pay dues after 25 years of Signature artist membership or after reaching the age of 75 and having been a Signature Artist member for at least 5 years. Once eligible for no dues, these Signature Artists are designated as having achieved Life status.

Associate Membership

You can join as an Associate member at any time. Associate members receive a monthly newsletter and can participate in Workshops and other educational Programs offered by BWS. An all Associate exhibition is generally offered once per year. Join as an Associate member for only $25 to become familiar with BWS. You can take advantage of BWS programs and workshops while waiting for the next Signature Artist Jurying event.

Exhibit Visitor members receive email notices about BWS exhibit receptions or other special events that are open to the public. If you are looking to include artwork in an exhibit, then join as an Associate.

Select Associate Artist or Exhibit Visitor, then fill in the application information.

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Manage Your Membership

Review and Modify Your Profile

Members can manage their membership profile at our membership site.

  1. Login with your email address and password (select reset password if you have forgotten it and an email will be sent to you with instructions to change the password)
  2. Click on the small “View Profile” link right below the email and password
  3. After the Profile page appears, click on the “Edit Profile” button near the top
  4. Change any of the data that is displayed.
  5. Click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the profile.

Managing What Others Can See About You

If you want to alter what is visible in your record, return to the Home page, click on the small “View Profile” link in the lower left panel, then click on the “Privacy” link. You will see three columns, “Anyone,” “Members,” and “No Access.” If the circle under “Anyone” is filled in, the Public can see this data. If the circle under “Members” is filled in, then Members can see the data, but not the Public. If the circle under “No Access” is filled in, then that information is only available to you and BWS Board members who are administrators of our account. If you want to change who can see your information click on “Edit Profile” near the top of the page. To change a setting click on the circle under “Anyone,” “Members,” or “No Access” based on how you want the data shared. To turn off sharing of any of your information, then remove the check mark next to the “Allow” to show profile setting by clicking on the check box.

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