Apply for Membership

Applying For Membership

2018 applications are being accepted now until October 5th using a new 100% digital application process!

Thank you for your interest in our Society. The Ontario Society of Artists reviews applications for membership from professional artists annually. We have recently revised our application process to make it easier for artists all across the province of Ontario to apply. Our application process can now be completed entirely online with digital images only. We reserve the right to verify all applications and all artwork.

huutaArt is now managing our application process. Please follow the links here to go to their site and create an artist profile. Once your huutaArt profile is complete along with Artist Statement and CV (include a brief summary, in point form, of the highlights of your Visual Arts career, awards and experience), please continue with your application process for membership with the OSA. Please bear with us as we get used to this new process and work to smooth out any wrinkles. Please direct your questions to We look forward to hearing from you!

Applications for membership can be completed here:

Our Membership Selection Committee will review all digital applications including the artist profile. Please note that there are two rounds of jurying. You must submit 15 digital images of your work, along with a CV and Artist Statement through huutaArt to be considered for the first round of jurying.

If you have already submitted an application by email, then YES your application WILL BE juried. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted by email over the past year.

When submitting images for the membership jury, it is important that the images represent your strongest recent work, completed in the last 5 years. It is helpful to the jury if what you are presenting is consistent, as opposed to representing the entire range of your work. It is difficult for a jury to assess an entry which includes one figurative piece, one landscape, a still life, an abstract, etc. Images of your studio and process, as part of your CV or artist statement, may be helpful to the jury in understanding your commitment to the Visual Arts.

Can you be granted an automatic approval to the short list? If you have exhibited twice in an OSA Open Juried Exhibition (held at the John B. Aird Gallery) in the past 5 years, your membership application will be automatically advanced to the short list for final jurying. Please include this information in your CV.

If you wish to bring your work in person to our final jurying, please notify us of that intent in your artist statement.

Please direct questions to


Depending on the nature of your art practice, some combination of the following should be demonstrated:

  • Distinctive aesthetic vision / a unique approach to subject or content / strong visual qualities / evidence of creative enquiry or reflection / conceptual ideas.
  • Technical competence / successful realization of ideas / quality of process.

Because the OSA is an organization of professional artists, please make sure that in your accompanying CV, statement and artwork images you have:

  • Evidence of recent exhibitions and other involvement as a professional artist.
  • Clear statement of your intentions, concepts, areas of interest and processes. How and why do you do your artwork? (Studio/ process images could enhance your application).
  • Detailed documentation of work.

How To Apply

The deadline for the 2018 OSA New Membership Applications is
October 5, 2018. We are taking applications continually until then. Applicants must submit their forms and pay online at PayPal through huutaArt here:

If you wish advice or assistance as you prepare to apply, please send an email inquiry to and we will be happy to answer any questions. If you include a telephone number, we can call you to discuss.