In February of 2008, MNWS launched the Signature Status program to honor the members who have shown a high level of creativity for many years. When the program launched, the Signature Status criteria was applied to all active members and 33 members were immediately awarded signature status.
To earn Signature Status, members must earn 6 points in a 5-year period.
How to earn points
- One point for each piece accepted into the spring juried exhibition.
- One point for each piece selected by a juror for an award in the fall open exhibition or the spring juried exhibition.
- All awards, except for the People’s Choice award, are worth one point.
- A member can accumulate multiple points in one show (i.e. If Sue has two pieces accepted into the spring exhibition and one piece wins an award, Sue would earn three points.)
- One point for every ten volunteer hours in a year.
- Examples include serving as board members, conducting workshops, doing membership mailings, editing the newsletter, etc.
- Only two points can come from volunteering, the other four points must be earned by artwork in shows.
To retain this status, artists must be paid-up members in good standing. “MNWS” after an artist’s name denotes a MNWS member who has achieved Signature Status.
Julie Kay Allen
Bonnie D. Featherstone
Paul S. Higdon
Thomas L. Johnson
Mary Sue Krueger
Judith E. Meyeraan
Diane Posselt Monroe
* individual is deceased