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Signature Member Group Guidelines

Signature Group Guidelines

A. Purpose

In 1988 the Signature Membership Group (SMG) began as a satellite group of the New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS) to:

  1. Establish further long-range goals for members of NMWS;

  2. Provide opportunities for professional encounters, both educational and inspirational, for SMG

    members;

  3. Provide opportunity for group public exposure for SMG;

  4. Help build an educational visual aids library for the NMWS membership;

  5. Function as a senior advisory group to the NMWS in an effort to maintain the highest standards

    for NMWS.

B. Eligibility and identification

In order to use the initials NMWS, following his/her signature, the artist must have exhibited in five of the following juried shows: NMWS spring or fall exhibitions, NMWS Southern Chapter spring exhibition, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS), and/or Masterworks. The Masterworks Miniature exhibition does not apply. Only two shows per year are counted for eligibility. Only one painting per show is eligible. The total of five shows must have been reached within five years.

Each artist is responsible for keeping his/her own records for verifying membership eligibility. Once the NMWS signature is certified for the artist, the initials may always be used, however in order to participate and exhibit with the NMWS Signature Member Group, each member must:

  1. Be a current dues-paying member of NMWS;

  2. Have fulfilled the requirements for membership with the SMG as stated above;

  3. File an online application and pay a $10 initiation fee for signature membership (via SIGNATURE MEMBER GROUP APPLICATION page) 

In the New Mexico Watercolor Society Directory and all NMWS official publications, the initials, NMWS, shall follow the name of each member who has earned this distinction. A specially-designed certificate, with the signature member’s name, will be issued to each person at the time he/she has fulfilled membership requirements.


Guidelines were last revised and approved by SMG Committee on September 14, 2009, submitted to NMWS Board on September 21, 2009; and approved by Membership.



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New Mexico Watercolor Society

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Albuquerque, NM 87192

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