What is an Art Association?

May 17, 2022

By Taryn Hefner

Taryn runs Marketing at Join It and is a lover of all things data! You can frequently find her experimenting in the kitchen, absorbed in a book, or brushing up on her Python coding skills.

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Whether you’re a painter, a digital artist, or prefer sculpture, creating your art can be isolating! Joining an art association is a great way to stay connected to an artistic community, learn from other artists, and enhance your skills. 

What is an art association? 

At its basic level, an art association is a group of members who all appreciate and create art, in whatever form that might take. It’s a great way to find events in your area, showcase your artwork, and meet new people! Some even host auctions or regular lecture series or own galleries to display the art of their members. 

How do you choose the right association for you? 

There are many different associations to choose from, and most of them come down to personal preference. Would you like something close to home or nationwide? An association that only deals in your preferred medium, or something that accepts all art styles? Whatever you choose, you’re likely to find a nonprofit trade association, and you may want to become a member! 

What do art associations do? 

That depends on the association itself! The National Association of Independent Artists bills itself as a resource for the art show community and focuses on indoor and outdoor art and fine craftwork shows. Oil Painters of America is dedicated to preserving the art of representative oil paintings such as portraiture and landscape art. The American Impressionist Society has its gallery and works to promote small works in juried exhibitions. All associations will generally work to promote appreciation, education, and awareness of the preferred style and medium. 

Should you join an art association?

If you’re looking to connect with other artists, improve your skill, and have access to regular events, you should join an art association! 

If you’re already a member or are on the board of directors and need a member management solution for your art association, Join It can help. Try out our free trial and see how we can help your organization manage payments, communicate with members, organize events, and more!