All members (both new and renewing) must fill out an application form each year. Please click here to fill out an Online Application form with payment by credit card. To pay by check, please click here to print out the form and mail it with your check payable to SAWG Membership

SAWG Gallery: Membership 
5420 E Broadway Blvd Ste # 240
Tucson, AZ 85711-3725

All individuals interested in promoting the purposes of SAWG or who indicate a desire to participate in SAWG activities shall be eligible for membership by application and payment of dues. The membership year runs from June 1 to May 31. Current members are those with currently paid dues. Members who have not renewed by June 1 each year are presumed resigned.

The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild has seven (7) classes of membership.


Membership may be applied for at any time. Members are eligible to vote in general elections, enter SAWG sponsored shows, except for those requiring Signature status, and serve or hold office in any capacity except as noted in Section 3-1-A. Members are encouraged to volunteer to assist with and advance SAWG efforts.

Student Members

Student membership is available to any currently enrolled, full-time student age eighteen (18) or older. Student members may vote and participate in all SAWG sponsored activities and shows, except those requiring Signature status, and may serve in any capacity except as noted in Section 3-1-A. Student membership dues are half of the current annual dues amount.

Juried Members

Juried members are those members with current dues paid and who have had 2 paintings accepted into a SAWG designated, juried point show.

Click HERE to download a Juried Status Application.
Click HERE to apply online for Juried Status.

Signature Members

Signature membership is achieved by already juried members whose work has been accepted in at least five (5) additional shows designated by the Board as point shows. Note: A painting may only earn an artist one point regardless of multiple show acceptances. Signature members are entitled to add the initials SAWG following their signature on their paintings. Only Signature members may participate in shows requiring Signature status.

Click HERE for the Signature Status Form.
Click HERE to apply online for Signature Status

Saguaro Fellow

Saguaro Fellow status is earned by a Signature Member who has been accepted into five additional juried shows. Four may be additional SAWG designated juried shows. At least one of these five points must be from these shows:

  • American Watercolor Society –  AWS
  • National Watercolor Society –  NWS  
  • Arizona Aqueous, Tubac AZ –  AZAQ 
  • International Society of Acrylic Painters physical shows –  ISAP 
  • Acrylic Painters USA Annual National Show –  APUSA
  • Northwest Watercolor Society Annual National Show –  NWWS
  • Kentucky Watercolor Society Annual Aqueous USA Show –  KWS-Aqueous USA

American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), Arizona Aqueous (after 11/6/17), or the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). Only the Annual Physical ISAP Shows after March 2016 count for a Saguaro Fellow point. Documentation for the AWS, NWS, AZ Aqueous, or ISAP shows must be provided at the time of application. 

Click HERE for the Saguaro Status Form.
Click HERE to apply online for Saguaro Status.

Honorary Members

Honorary members shall be invited to membership by the President subject to Board approval. These persons have either made an exceptional contribution to SAWG and/or the community in the advancement of watercolor, or be a watercolorist of outstanding talent and recognition. Past Presidents of the Guild are automatically invited to become honorary members at the conclusion of their term of office. Honorary members pay no dues, but retain all the rights and privileges of their level of membership.

Patron Members

Patrons shall be invited to this class by the SAWG President, subject to Board of Directors approval.  Patrons may or may not be artists, but should have demonstrated an active interest in the arts and in furthering the cultural and educational objectives of SAWG.  They shall have made a significant financial or other contribution in support of SAWG.  They shall pay no dues, nor may they hold office or vote.