Apply for Membership

Applying For Membership

2018 Applications are being accepted now for consideration later this year.

Thank you for your interest in our Society. Applicants must submit their forms online.

The Ontario Society of Artists reviews applications for membership from professional artists annually.

The images submitted by artists interested in membership will be juried by the Membership Selection Committee. Please note that we are accepting digital images only, to be submitted online. Download the information  for submitting digital images from the OSA website.

A short list of candidates for membership may be asked to bring original work in for final jurying by the General OSA Membership.

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.

When submitting images for the membership jury, it is important that the images represent your strongest recent work, completed in the last 5 years, and 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 will be an addition enhancement for the jury to understand your commitment to the Visual Arts.


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 re ection / 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.

****(For the final jurying only) Please also include a brief summary, in point form, of the highlights of your Visual Arts career, awards and experience.

When you are invited to bring work in for the short list final jurying, it does not have to be the work you submitted online. This means that you can send, for initial jurying, images of work which have sold, or work which may not be easy to transport.

The application form will be available by January of every year. If, for any reason, you are unable to open or download the application or instructions, please email us, and we will be happy to send the files to you as a PDF file.

How To Apply

The deadline for the 2018 OSA New Membership Applications is
October 5, 2018. We are taking applications continually.

The Application Fee of $45.00 can be paid through PayPal by clicking this button:


NB. Applicants should include e-copy/printed copy of payment receipt with their online application.

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.,

Application Information Material