Active Status



If you are an artist who is interested in participating in exhibitions and honing your skills, then you may be interested in applying for Active Membership.



In order to be eligible to apply for Active Membership, you have to be a Supporting Member first. There is no waiting period required between joining as a Supporting Member and applying for Active Status. You may apply for Active membership once your Supporting Membership registration is completed.



Active Status is granted if the jury believes that the majority of the works submitted could reasonably be expected to be juried into a FCA exhibition. This means that at least 6 out of the 10 submitted images need to be suitable for FCA shows. Remember that the FCA operates at national level and you will be competing with visual artists throughout Canada. Competition is tough and standards are high. This also means that receiving your Active status and being accepted into an exhibition means that much more.



The Federation of Canadian Artists is currently representing artworks executed in the following media: oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, mixed media, graphite, ink, pen and pencil. Original hand pulled prints are eligible in runs of up to 200 in an edition. Presently we are representing only two dimensional artwork.



As of November 2016 applications for Active Membership are being accepted and processed solely online. 


A non-refundable $10.00 application fee applies at the time of your submissions. Applicants must submit 10 JPEG images of their work via our online system to undergo a jury process.


We accept applications for Active status throughout the year and arrange for jurying to take place twice a month; usually midway through the month and at the end of the month. Exact dates will vary. The date of the next jury can be seen in the blue boxes at the bottom of the next page.

Please read carefully though the submission guidelines before you start your submission process.


To start your application for Active Status online click here.



Upgrade Fee

The level of service provided to Active members is greater than what we provide to Supporting members. Therefor membership fees for Active members are a bit higher too. If you are successfully juried into Active Status you will be contacted to pay $30 which is the difference in cost between the Supporting ($50) and Active ($80) memberships. For brevity this is called the Active Upgrade fee. Once this fee is processed, your Active membership upgrade will be completed and the Active Status Package will be emailed to you.


Click here to download the 2017 Active Status Package


The package is a valuable source containing information on:

  • Benefits of Active Membership
  • Copyright
  • Framing Standards
  • Juried show submission guidelines