Apply for 2025 Membership
The OSA will begin accepting applications for 2025 Membership in June 2024, however applications will not be evaluated until the fall. The application platform will close on October 31, 2024.
Successful applicants will receive an invitation to membership before the end of the year.
QUESTIONS? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions after you have read all the information below. Our volunteers are happy to answer your questions, however if you need a lot of help preparing your entire application, please hire a professional.
This call is open to all professional artists currently living in Ontario. Professional is a term that is open to interpretation but, as a guide, we can tell you that we have found that most successful applicants have a least five years of working and showing in a variety of settings.
Applications will be evaluated through a process which includes adjudication by a committee of experienced professionals from our membership and then a vote by the whole OSA membership.
In order to exclude the possibility of bias or racism, artists’ identities are no longer made available during the final vote. The adjudication committee serves to verify that applicants meet the basic requirements of membership. These requirements are: residency in Ontario, evidence of work as an arts professional and a significant level of achievement in the seven criteria areas (stated below). The identity of the artist has NO bearing on the application other than it must be truthful.
We accept artists working in a wide variety of visual arts disciplines including oil, acrylic, charcoal, pencil, pastel, mixed media, fibre arts, photography, digital, sculpture, video and moving images, installation/performance collage, assemblage, and other.
When you have read the instructions below, click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this page to begin your application.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. PLEASE DO NOT PAY UNTIL YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU WANT TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP AND DO NOT PAY TWICE! WE CANNOT ISSUE REFUNDS!
All applicants are expected to be able to navigate basic digital processes including creating and uploading correctly sized photographs of their work and properly labelling and submitting work according to the instructions.
The application form has 3 parts.
Part One: Contact Information
Part Two: Extended Biography
Prepare ONE WORD or PDF DOCUMENT with the following information in order:
Important Note: After you choose your artwork image, you will see a small preview of it. Above the preview is a small Delete button and an Upload button. Please click Upload for each image you choose.
Part Three: Upload and Describe Your Artwork Images
In this section, we would like you to upload images of 10 sample artworks. Please place them in order of importance to your portfolio.
Before you upload the images, you must resize and retitle them as follows:
- All images must be saved in .jpg format
- All image files must be less than 5MB in size.
- In terms of resolution, images should be no larger than 3000 pixels on the longest side.
- All image files should be labelled as follows:
ONCE YOU HAVE PAID THE $45 APPLICATION FEE YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR PAYMENT WHICH WILL INCLUDE A LINK TO THE APPLICATION. WE WILL NOT ISSUE A REFUND FOR APPLICATION PAYMENTS, SO PLEASE DO NOT PAY UNTIL YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP.