How do I become a member of the California Art Club?
There are two main types of membership: Artist and Non-artist (patron). Join online now.
ARTIST: The memberships available for those who paint or sculpt include Associate Artist, Artist, Sculptor, Out-of-State Artist, Signature, and Mentor Program members. All new members join at the Associate Artist level. Once each year, all current Associate Artist Members are invited to apply for consideration as a juried Artist Member. Artist, Sculptor, and Out-of-State Artist Members are all selected by a jury. Mentor Program membership is open only to those applicants under the age of 30. Click here to download a Mentor Program application form.
NON-ARTIST: The Non-artist category includes Patron and Collectors’ Circle Members, and is geared towards art enthusiasts who wish to support the Club, meet fellow art collectors and patrons, and meet artists through participating in a variety of events and activities. The Collectors’ Circle is an exclusive category is for collectors of all levels, and offers special privileges including tours of renowned artists’ studios, dinners, visits to collectors private homes, and invitations to special events such as the Collectors’ Circle Annual Benefit Dinner and Sneak Preview of the Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.
For more info please see our Membership page.
How do I become an Artist Member?
The number of juried Artist Members that the CAC may have is limited by its bylaws, so the number of new members accepted annually is small. Jurying for new Artist Members takes place once a year; current Associate Artist members of the CAC are sent an electronic Call for Entries notifying them of required materials and deadlines.
Important note: Until a Call for Entries is announced, please do not submit materials to the CAC, as they cannot be retained or returned.
I’ve just joined as an Associate Artist Member, when will I see my name in the online roster?
Memberships are processed as soon as they are received with full payment of dues, and your listing in the online membership roster will follow within a few days. Once your name has been listed in the roster, you will be able to create and manage an online profile with samples of your work, links to your website, blog and more. For more information on creating or updating your online profile, please click here.
What opportunities are available for Associate Artist Members?
The CAC organizes many events that are available to Associate Artist Members, including Exhibitions, Paint-Outs, Museum Tours, Lectures & Demos, Workshops, and much more. Please click here for a Calendar of our upcoming events.
What benefits do I receive as a CAC member??
All members receive 4 (quarterly) issues of the California Art Club Newsletter, a 32-page publication packed with information regarding the world of traditional fine art. Written by prominent museum directors and art historians with the professional artist and art collector in mind, the CAC Newsletter includes such items as: scholarly articles about artists and art genres; exhibition and lecture listings; art competition notices; paint-out locations and dates; artist profiles; membership news; helpful hints for artists; and updates on California Art Club meetings and other events. [See past issues of the CAC Newsletter.]
The CAC also organizes annual, quarterly, and monthly paint-outs,
monthly programs, and provides many opportunities to apply to exhibit in venues throughout
California. We also maintain an online roster of our current members: see how to create or update an online profile or view our online membership roster.
I would like to attend a reception for a CAC exhibition or visit a CAC venue but I don’t know where it is located.
Contact information for exhibition venues (such as the CAC Gallery at the
Old Mill, Altadena Town & Country Club, Marston’s Restaurant, and the Autry National Center) are provided with the exhibition listing on the CAC website. Links to maps and directions are also generally provided in calendar postings for the exhibition.
How do I list information in the CAC Newsletter?
There are four areas in which you may list information in the California
Art Club Newsletter: Museum/Gallery Exhibitions, Membership News, Paint-Outs
and Call For Entries.
To send information through the post office, send to:
California Art Club
Attention: Newsletter Submission for __________ (please
specify which area)
75 South Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91109
Or email submissions, with “Newsletter Submission for ______________” in the subject line, to email@example.com. Please contact the CAC Office at 626/583-9009 for the current submission deadline.
Can I promote my workshop(s) on the CAC website?
Of course! For a nominal fee, your workshop(s) will be seen by the high volume of traffic the CAC site attracts. To view instructions for submitting your
workshop information, or to see a current listing of CAC Member Workshops, click here. You must be a current CAC member to list your own workshop.
How many regional Chapters does the CAC have?*
We currently have Chapters in Kern County, Malibu/Ventura County, Monterey, Palm Springs Desert, Orange County, Greater Sacramento Sierra, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and Santa Barbara.
All of our Chapters are volunteer-based. Please
see our Chapters page and contact the respective
Chapter Chairman for more information about their upcoming schedules.
*If none of these Chapters are in close proximity to you, and
you are interested in organizing a Chapter in your
area, see “Organizing a CAC Chapter” at the bottom of this page.
How can I learn about upcoming programs and events?
Please check the CAC Calendar to view upcoming programs and events. The calendar is updated frequently, as new events are added or as changes are made to previously scheduled events.
Are there any meetings or other activities held outside of the L.A. area?
Yes, each of the CAC’s regional Chapters hold paint-outs, meetings and other events; check the CAC Calendar or contact a Chapter Chair for more information.
How much does it cost to place an ad in the CAC Newsletter?
A quarter-page ad in California
Art Club Newsletter costs $550 for a one-time ad, or $400 each ad for four repeating issues. Advertising is particularly geared to
art services, such as framers, art suppliers, etc. The newsletter has a circulation
of over 6,000 copies, and is distributed to individuals as well as museums, galleries, libraries, schools and other art organizations nationwide.
Can I be a member if I live outside of California?
Yes, the CAC has Associate Artist and Patron Members throughout the United States and internationally, and there is no requirement that members be residents of California. Click here to join. There is also a juried artist category of membership called Out-of-State Membership. If you are juried into Artist/Sculptor Membership, and live outside of California, you will automatically be designated as an Out-of-State Artist/Sculptor Member. Similarly, if you were accepted as an Artist/Sculptor Member when you lived in the
state of California initially and then moved out of state,
you automatically become an Out-of-State Artist/Sculptor member.
What is a Signature Artist Member?
A Signature Artist Member is an Artist/Sculptor Member who has been elected
into the Signature Artist Membership category by a vote of current Signature Artist
Members and approved by the CAC Board of Directors. Selection criteria includes awards, publications, exhibitions and generally showing support for the mission and goals of the CAC.
How can I find information about past CAC members?
In 2011, the CAC opened its California Impressionism and Western Art Research Library in Pasadena, and also has a large archive of materials on the early years of the CAC. If you are interested in visiting the Library, please contact us to make an appointment. View our online CAC
History section which contains inforomation on early CAC members, the Annual Gold Medal Exhibitions, CAC Presidents, the CAC Bulletin, and much more. The
Archives are continually growing as new materials are uncovered.
You may also try a Search in the search box at the middle left of each page
– this is helpful in pinpointing specific artist names that were involved
with the CAC. Also, if you have any information regarding deceased CAC members, we are always
glad to receive originals or copies of materials about them (obituaries, exhibition
brochures and listings, etc.) to build our archives, especially
as pertaining to the California Art Club. Please send materials to the California Art Club Archives, 75 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.
How can I visit the California Impressionism and Western Art Research Library?
The library is open by appointment only during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please contact us to make an appointment. The library is non-circulating; books may not be checked out. Click here to view a catalogue of the library’s collection.
Can you help me identify an artwork I own?
If you would like us to assist you in researching an artist or artwork, we charge a nominal fee of $25 per research request. Please call the CAC Office at 626/583-9009 to pay with a credit card, and we will be happy to look into your question. (The CAC does not guarantee that we will be able to provide an answer your question.)
PLEASE BE AWARE that the CAC is NOT qualified to give appraisals of artwork. The following list of national professional associations and organizations may provide further assistance. The CAC is not affiliated with any of the following organizations.
American Society of Appraisers 800/272-8258
Appraisers Association of America 212/889-5404
International Society of Appraisers 312/224-2567
Art Dealers Association of America 212/940-8590
If I need to email the CAC with a specific question, where should I direct my email?
Please visit this page for individual staff email addresses.
Is my donation to the CAC tax-deductible?
Yes, the California Art Club is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and as such, all
donations, minus membership dues, are tax deductible. If you send the
CAC a donation, you will receive a thank you letter specifying the amount
that is tax deductible. Membership dues are not considered a donation, but may be tax deductible as a business expense; please consult your tax advisor.
If your question still isn’t answered, please contact us by email or by calling the CAC Office at 626/583-9009.