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First ONE Hundred Years Members

This list of Signature Members* from the first hundred years of AWS is based on information presented in "History of the American Watercolor Society, the First 100 Years" by Ralph Fabri. The book was written in celebration of the Society's 100th Anniversary in 1966.

We are aware that the list may contain some inaccuracies. Terminal dates of membership are largely dates of death which can easily be off by a year. They are recorded in the Annual Catalog, published to coincide with the Annual Exhibition each spring. If a member died after publication, it would be recorded in the following year's catalog. To avoid further delay, we concurred that users in search of specific artists who discover an error will surely contact us, and we encourage you to do so. This reference material is a work in progress, and it is our goal to eventually have it current. It can never be complete as it is as alive as the Society itself. We hope to initiate other research sources; unfortunately, they will not be able to reach so far into our history.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to all who gave countless hours to this project.

Janet Walsh, President Emeritus

*Signature Members were referred to as "Active" until recently. Today, membership categories are Signature Member, one who has earned membership through competition in the Annual Exhibitions, and Sustaining Associate Member, a membership open to any and all who wish to be supportive of the Society and the art of watercolor painting. The Society holds each in high regard and actively pursues growth and development in both categories.

Click on a letter below to access the alphabetical Hundred Years members list:

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First Middle Last Honors From Until
Eliot O'Hara L.M. 1933 1969
Joseph M. O'Malley L.M. 1945 2004
J. O'Melia 1966 Current
John O'Shea 1922 1941
Leonard Ochtman N.A. 1892 1934
Mina Fonda Ochtman 1921 1926
Helen Gapen Oehler 1942 1979
Rudolph Ohrning 1966 Current
Ivan Olinsky N.A. 1944 1961
Tosca Olinsky L.M. 1945 1986
Jane L. Oliver 1951 2006
Henry (Harry) Olsen 1932 1962
Herbert Vincent Olsen 1949 1973
Harry E. Olsen L.M. 1932 1962
J. Olaf Olson 1921 1950
Edwin L. Oman 1943 1978
Forrest W. Orr 1948 1973
William Church Osborne H.M. 1944 1953
Legend of Honors for First One Hundred Years Members Listing
Dolphin Fellow D.F.
Dolphin Medalist D.M.
Honorary Member H.M.
Honorary President H.P.
Honorary Vice President H.V.P.
Life Member L.M.
President, AWS P.A.W.S.
President Emeritus P.E.
Associate Nat'l Academician A.N.A.
National Academician N.A.
President National Academy P.N.A.

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