Becoming an Artist Member of the State of the Art Gallery

SOAG Membership Application Process:

The gallery maintains a roster of 30 members.  Applications are reviewed once a year in early spring, when vacancies are available.

Benefits and responsibilities of being a SOAG artist member:

  • Show artwork in the main gallery space once every two years in a shared show or a once every four years in a solo show.
  • Show individual artwork in the Salon or group shows at least eight times a year.
  • Collaborate with a creative group of local artists to promote visual arts sales in Ithaca
  • Collegial support of fellow artist members
  • Staff the gallery each month for 5-6 hours, and sign up for gallery cleaning once a year.
  • Attend gallery openings and special events.
  • Pay annual membership dues (currently $355 annually), 10% commission to gallery for artwork sold, and exhibition fees.
  • Attend monthly membership meetings.
  • Participate in running the gallery by working on at least one committee including membership, reception, installation, publicity, internship, technical support, special events, gallery operations and/or marketing.

What is SOAG looking for in selecting artist members?

  • Original vision
  • A portfolio of recent work (8-12 pieces created in last three years)
  • Clear presentation of what a show would look like.
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Record of creative accomplishment
  • Presentation of work
  • Commitment to the cooperative vision of the gallery
 

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  • Digital Application:

  • 8 -12 jpegs (no PDFs) with list including title, medium, size and date for each image.
  • Resume, record of exhibitions
  • Artist statement  (250 words or less in Microsoft word doc or RTF, absolutely no PDFs)
  • Email all application materials to: Membership@soagithaca.org

Interview & Portfolio Presentation: April

Upon review, applicants will be invited for portfolio presentation and interview with the current gallery membership. Final determination of new members will be made by a vote of the membership.

 

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