Yes. Anyone can submit work for an SMI exhibition. But if your work is accepted for an exhibit you must become a member at that time. We ask that artists who do not intend to become members, refrain from submitting work.
Although our goal is to provide exhibiting exposure for our artist members, we cannot guarantee acceptance into any show other than our annual member show. Most of our exhibits are curated or juried by independent artists/curators. We try to provide our membership with a wide range of jurors and themes. In this way, we hope that we are providing SMI members a chance to get their work in front of many different curators and art professionals – a valuable exposure in and of itself. Besides exhibiting opportunities, SMI provides networking events, programs, critique groups, local discounts and our weekly hot list email. Most of these are free or at a reduced fee for members.
We process membership applications and renewals once a month. At that time new members are added to our database, sent a welcome letter and membership card, and added to our website.
As soon as you pay, you are officially an SMI member eligible to enter any of our exhibits for free or a reduced fee. We process membership applications and renewals once a month. At that time new members are added to our database, sent a welcome letter and membership card, and added to our website and our mailing list.
We ask that all exhibiting artists be members because we are a non-profit member organization. The people who hang the exhibition, write and disseminate publicity, set up and purchase the reception, run the reception, set up programming, and whatever else comes up are all member volunteers. Since we are mainly funded by our membership, the annual membership fee pays for the receptions, the publicity, and the administrative work. Other members are paying for the exhibiting artists to be in an exhibit – if we allowed non-members to exhibit it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the membership.
For your membership fee you get many benefits including the opportunity to submit to at least 5 shows per year with no entry fee, a reduced entry fee for our annual international exhibit, networking opportunities, critique groups, educational programs, a weekly opportunities email, and guaranteed inclusion in our annual member show.