Application for Membership 2015

The Guild of Boston Artists was established in 1914 by some of the great painters of that day, including Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson and Lilian Westcott Hale. Our mission is to engender a love of traditional representational art through exhibits, lectures,demonstrations, workshops and classes.

Applying for Membership
The Guild periodically reviews applications of those interested in membership. Because exhibition space is at a premium we are limited in the number of members we can invite. Artists must be currently living and working in New England and their work must meet the artistic standards of our selection committee.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for membership:

1. Completed application form.

2. Six (6) images of original work completed within the past two years. High resolution jpeg images may be sent via e-mail to or put on a CD and sent to our Newbury Street location.  Works submitted must have been completed by the applicant and cannot have been completed while under the study of another artist.

Once the nominating committee has reviewed the applications and images, they will then ask selected applicants to bring a minimum of six original pieces into the Guild for review the week prior and including the Annual Meeting in April.  The general membership will vote for acceptance at the meeting, and candidates receiving a positive vote will be sent a formal invitation to become an artist member of the Guild.

Applications with your images  are to arrive at the Guild by no later than February 1, 2015.

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail the gallery and we will be happy to assist you.Information & Rules for Application

Prospective members must be aware of the following rules which must be followed to maintain a membership in the Guild:

• Your dues of $775 must be paid annually. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of membership.

• You must provide new work on a regular basis. There is no maximum amount of work we will receive (although we may not be able to show it all at one time) but the minimum is 4 pieces (both small and large) per year, preferably delivered on a quarterly basis.

• Members are required to attend at least one event (i.e. opening reception) per year. This does not include the annual meeting.

• If you submit a painting for the Annual Members’ Awards Exhibition, you must declare if you will be available to attend the reception to receive an award in the event you receive one. If not, your work will not be considered for an award although it may be hung in the exhibition.

• Members must discourage patrons from attempting to purchase artwork directly from them. If you are approached by a patron and discover that he/she has seen your work at the Guild, it is essential that the patron be referred back to the Guild. Failure to do this will result in revocation of your membership.

• Members who pay their dues regularly but do not provide work as outlined above will be placed in an inactive status and lose their hanging privileges. To return to active status the member must commit in writing to the Board of Managers that he/she will contribute work regularly as required.

• If members are two years in arrears of paying their dues, their membership will be revoked unless some arrangement is made with the gallery director.

• New members who wish to have a solo exhibition must consult with the gallery director regarding the requirements of having an exhibition. New members are not eligible for a solo show during the probationary period.

• The Guild reserves the right to offer a 10% collector’s discount to our patrons. Any further negotiations will only be in consultation with the artist.

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