Apply for Membership

Applications for membership for 2023 are now closed. Please check back in the middle of 2023 for new member applications.

This page is kept here just for information and submission requirements for future years.




Successful applicants will receive an invitation to membership before Christmas.

QUESTIONS? Email info@ontariosocietyofartists.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.

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.


Key Facts

  • Application Fee: $45.00
  • Method of Payment: PayPal on the entry form (Tip: with this method, you can pay by credit card as well).
  • Notification method: Accepted applicants will be notified by email and invited to join the OSA. 
  • Annual Membership fees for successful applicants:  $125.00, due May 1st
  • The decision of the New Members Selection Committee and the OSA membership is final.

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!

Criteria

  • Originality
  • Fulfillment of Intent
  • Inherent Meaning
  • Artistry in composition and design
  • Excellence and Skill in the chosen medium(s)
  • Consistency in subject matter, style and medium
  • Professionalism, including the presentation of the application itself. 

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.

Entry Instructions

The following will be required:

ONE PDF DOCUMENT containing the information below and in order

  1. A list of the 10 works you will be submitting with the following details in this exact format: (Please note that the first five images listed will make up your list of preferred images for the final jurying.)
    * Title
    * Medium

    * Size (the unframed dimensions of your work, height by width, and in inches) and 
    * Year Completed
  2. A complete list of all exhibitions, trade shows or other places, websites or publications your work has appeared in over the last five years. The list should be written in reverse order by year, starting with the most recent year and going back a total of five years.
  3. A complete list of social media platforms that display your work, if any. Please include your social media handles.
  4. A complete list of online sales platforms selling your work, if any. Please include links.
  5. A statement indicating all professional representation with art agents or art galleries who represent your work anywhere in the world, if any.
  6. A professional Artist Statement of Intent. Avoid talking about inspiration and focus instead on process and outcome.
  7. C.V. including educational and relevant work and volunteer background
  8. Indicate if you are willing to donate volunteer hours to the OSA. If so, suggest whether you would like to help run events or work behind the scenes on the computer. The answers to this question will have no bearing on your application.

TEN DIGITAL JPG IMAGES of your artwork. Before you upload the images, you must resize and retitle them as follows:

  • All images must be saved in .jpg format
  • All images files must 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: SequenceNumber_LastName_Title_Medium_Dimensions_YearCompleted.jpg
    For example: 
    01_MyLastName_Sunset_OilOnCanvas_45x36_2020.jpg
    02_MyLastName_AfterCoffee_OilOnBoard_40x30_2019.jpg

ONCE YOU HAVE PAID THE $45 APPLICATION FEE YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR PAYMENT. WE WILL NOT ISSUE A REFUND FOR APPLICATION PAYMENTS, SO PLEASE DO NOT PAY UNTIL YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP.