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Carmel Art Association
Call for New Artist Members 2024

Annual Call for New Artist Members 


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


 The Carmel Art Association is seeking local artists of exceptional talent and professional skills for full artist membership. The jury will be looking for artists that demonstrates a consistent, high-quality execution and a recognizable, individual style in their body of work.


Along with the aforementioned qualities, the jury will be looking for an enthusiastic and supportive spirit for 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.


The jury consists of the 15-member CAA board of directors. Roughly a third of the board members change each year. 



•    Applicants must have resided full time within thirty-five driving miles of Carmel Art Association 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. Artists can submit multiple mediums but only in an individual category: 2D or 3D. For example, an artist can submit paintings in both watercolor and oil, however an artist cannot submit both watercolor paintings and bronze sculpture.


Art Categories:

•  Two-dimensional:  Any original artwork in mediums including but not limited to: oil, acrylic, watercolor painting, or fine art printmaking. Work must have been completed within the last 24 months. No work generated by a photo process (digital or film photography or graphics,) ink-jet giclée, four-color reproductions, or machine-produced work will be considered. (Limited use of some pre-printed material in collage work may be considered.)


• Three-dimensional: At the CAA, work in the “3-D” category will be defined as fine art sculpture whose sole purpose is contemplation and aesthetics. The CAA will not show “arts and crafts” or decorative arts and will therefore not show any of the following: 

vessels of any kind (bowls, pitchers, jugs, etc.), jewelry, furniture, or other craft. Work must have been completed within the last 36 months. 


• If a sculpture weighs more than 50 lbs. it will be the sole responsibility of the artist to move it during installations or upon sale. This means the sculptor must be present for the installation or the piece doesn’t get moved and if it doesn't move for three consecutive months, it must be removed from the Gallery. 


• The artist must accept that sculptures of fragile mediums (i.e., ceramics, glass or stone), if damaged or broken, are not covered by Gallery insurance (theft or fire excepted). If damage or breakage occurs during monthly installations, no artist member will be held responsible and, if due to its fragile nature, the sculpture is not moved for three consecutive months it must be removed from the Gallery.

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.




(please see the CAA website for artist member guidelines: Artist Membership)

 •    3/28/2024: 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: you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 888-666-1351.

 •    Please add the following email addresses to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received:  

•    All artwork submitted must be for sale and available to use in inaugural show if selected.


Timeline of Events 2024:

Open for submissions: February 1, 2024

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Notification of Finalists: Friday, April 5, 2024

Finalists drop-off work: Monday April 15th, 11:00am-4:00pm

Interviews of Finalists: Thursday April 18, 2:00pm-4:00 pm, 2024

New Artist Member(s) Notified: Thursday evening, April 18th, 2024

Pick-Up Work: Friday, April 19, 11:00am-4:00pm, 2024

New Member show: June 5th through July 1st (Show hung on Tuesday, June 4th.)


•    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 (of the ten submitted), finished pieces in your category and six drawings and/or a sketchbook, to the Art Association for the final jurying.
•    Two-dimensional work must be framed (unless a canvas has finished edges) and wired for hanging and include retail price when you come for your interview. Frames will be considered for suitability, style and quality. 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. Your show will consist of some or all (depending on available space), of the original ten juried artworks.

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

Renee Ruzicka 

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