Membership

Signature Status

Signature Status with the FCA stands for a certain level of excellence achieved by the individual artist. Benefits and responsibilities associated with Signature Status can be found in the FCA Policy Manual. There are two types of Signature Status:

 

  • Associate Membership (AFCA)
  • Senior Membership (SFCA)

Jurying for both levels of Signature Membership is done by our Board of Governors once a year. The next BOG meeting will take place on March 13, 2016. Application deadline for Signature Status 2016 (AFCA and SFCA) is February 25, 2016.

 

Click here to download the Signature Status Application Package 2016.

 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the application process, please contact Admin Assistant, Stefanie Steinwendtner, via fcaadmin@artists.ca or 604-681-2744.

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How to apply:

To apply for your Signature Status, please read carefully through the Signature Status application package.

 

Active Members:

  1. In a first step Active Members applying for AFCA or SFCA status need to complete and submit the Signature Status application form that can be found on the last two pages of the Signature Status application package. This can be done either via email to fcaadmin@artists.ca or via regular.

  2. Once we received the completed application form and checked the submitted list of 7 qualifying FCA shows (see "Eligibility"), applicants will be sent a submission link via email, which will allow the applicants to pay for their application fee and submit the required portfolio of 10 digital images online. We no longer accept submissions via CD, USB-stick or JPGS attached to emails. All submissions must be completed online by no later than February 25, 2016, 11:59 am.

  3. Three (3) original artworks must be delivered to the Federation Gallery by no later than March 4, 2016. The three original works must be represented in the group of ten images submitted online. Extra originals will not be considered.

 

AFCA Members:

  1. AFCA members applying for SFCA status are not required to complete the application form included in the Signature Status application package. All they need to do, is request the online submission link via fcaadmin@artists.ca.This submission linkwill allow the applicants to pay for their application fee and submit the required portfolio of 10 digital images online. We no longer accept submissions via CD, USB-stick or JPGS attached to emails. All submissions must be completed online by no later than February 25, 2016, 11:59 am.

  2. Three (3) original artworks must be delivered to the Federation Gallery by no later than March 4, 2016. The three original works must be represented in the group of ten images submitted online. Extra originals will not be considered.

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Eligibility:

Active Members:

In order to be eligible to apply for Signature Status, applicants must have had 7 different works accepted in 7 different juried FCA shows within the past 4 years. These shows are referred to as 'qualifying shows'. Most juried exhibitions with the FCA Gallery in Vancouver are qualifying shows (with the exception of online only exhibitions). FCA Chapter exhibitions are qualifying when they were juried by two SFCAs and one AFCA (please check with your Chapter).

 

At least 2 of those 7 qualifying exhibitions must have been with the FCA Gallery in Vancouver. The remaining 5 qualifying exhibitions may also have been with Chapters. However, only a maximum of 2 Chapter exhibitions per year are taken into consideration for your Signature Status application. This means, there won't be any problems if an applicant lists 2 Chapter shows for 2014, 2 Chapter shows for 2013 and 1 Chapter show for 2012. But if an applicant lists 5 Chapter shows for 2014, only two out of those 5 will be counted towards the required 7 qualifying shows.

 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding eligibility and your show list, please contact Admin Assistant, Stefanie Steinwendtner, via fcaadmin@artists.ca or 604-681-2744.

 

AFCA members

Associate Members applying for SFCA Status do not need to provide such a list.

 

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Tips for your application:

Teressa Bernard, SFCA has put together an information manual about the Board of Governors meeting and Composing a Portfolio for the application. To view or download the PDF click here.

 

Further information and tips on how to photograph your works as well as image requirements can be found on our website at Member Resources - Information for artists.