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Carmel Art Association
2023 Call for New Artist Members

PO Box 2271, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California  93921


The Carmel Art Association is seeking local artists for full artist membership, who best demonstrate a combination of professional-level artistry as well as enthusiasm for the supportive spirit of our unique non-profit endeavor. Our jury process will include a preliminary on-line jurying, followed by an invitation of up to 6 finalists to present work at an interview for the final selection of new artist members.

•    Applicants must have resided within thirty-five driving miles of Carmel for at least one year prior to application.
•    You must document having shown your work in at least one juried competition and one gallery.
•    Artists may submit work in one category only: two-dimensional or three-dimensional.
•    Two-dimensional original work in oil, acrylic, or watercolor painting, or Fine Art printmaking. Work must have been completed within the last 24 months. No work using a photo process, ink-jet giclee, four-color reproductions, or machine-produced images will be considered.
•    Three-dimensional original work in stone, metal, wood, ceramic, or mixed media. Work must have been completed within the last 36 months. (Fragile work; ceramic, glass, etc. will be considered with some provisional guidelines.)

Entry Fee:
•    $35 non-refundable application fee (must be paid by the entry deadline).
•    The CAA uses Entry Fees for Student Scholarships and Youth Art programs.


•    3/30/2023: Deadline to enter.
•    Two-dimensional work: ten images.
•    Three-dimensional work: ten images.
•    Enter your images online at Log in and click Enter This Show to begin.
•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List sizes up to the nearest inch. Do not include matting or framing in the dimensions. Submitted images must not include mat or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up.

•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at: If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 888-666-1351.

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Timeline of Events 2023:

Open for submissions: February 1, 2023

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Notification of Finalists: Friday, April 7, 2023

Interviews of Finalists: Week of April 10, 2023

Finalists drop-off work: Tuesday/Wednesday, April 18/19, 2023

Pick-Up Work and New Members Notified: Thursday, April 20, 2023

New Member show: June 8 through July 3 (Show hung on Wednesday, June 7.)


•    If you are accepted as a finalist, you will be contacted by the Carmel Art Association to schedule an appointment for an interview, and to present six finished pieces in your category and six drawings and/or studies, to the Art Association for the final jurying.
•    Two-dimensional finished work must be suitably framed and wired for hanging when you come for your interview. All work must be presented in a professional, ready-to-exhibit manner for this in-person review process.

If you are accepted as a CAA Artist Member:
New members are required to participate in a “New Members Show” at the Art Association in June.
Applicants who are accepted to the Carmel Art Association are initially accepted as provisional members. After a period of six months, the Board will decide whether new members are to be accepted as permanent members.

Acceptance for permanent membership is judged principally on the basis of whether work brought in during the period of provisional membership is of the quality indicated by the work submitted with the original application, as well as your active participation in the Association.

The Carmel Art Association is one of the oldest cooperative art organizations in the United States. Because this is an artist owned and operated association, members are required to participate in and contribute to the operation of the gallery aside from displaying their work. All members must volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per year.

If accepted for membership in the Carmel Art Association, you are agreeing to pay annual dues of $300.00, participate in monthly events, and volunteer at least 12 hours of your time per year.

Questions, please contact:
Nicki Ehrlich

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