Membership Application

New Artists will be accepted for membership in the Western Heritage Artists Association based on photographs submitted. Jurors will make their selections based on impact, originality, intention, design, and composition.

Each artist must submit five photographs. Please include photos of all the styles and media you intend to sell. It is possible to be accepted in one media and not another. Some of your work may not qualify for our show. For example, we do not accept craft items, jewelry, or pottery. Accepted media are: watercolor, acrylic, oil, paper art, sculpture, woodcarving, photography, scratchboard, calligraphy, and mixed media.

Artist’s name, media and dimensions must be neatly marked on the back of each photograph. Please just include the image size, do not include the matting or framing. A fee of $15 will be charged to cover handling and juror expense.

Please send photos, application, and the $15 fee to:

WHA-Joanne Sanford
4500 66Th Ave S.W. Great Falls, MT 59404
406-781-2331
wha.jsanford@Earthlink.net

Your application must be postmarked NO LATER than August 15

Make checks payable to
Western Heritage Artists

You will be notified of the results on or about September 1

Registration Form

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If you cannot submit this year, or are not accepted, do you wish to remain on our mailing list?

Jury Process and Criteria

For anyone interested in joining the WHA (Western Heritage Artists) Association, packets are sent out that explain the policies and procedures, the jurors’ criteria, program, by-laws, and an application. Accepted art for the WHA membership should be any fine arts media. Non-acceptable media include: pottery, clothing, or any craft medium. When submitting photos of artwork, please consider if the photograph does the artwork justice.

July 15 (approx)

Packets are sent out to each person who has indicated an interest in joining the WHA. The names are gathered throughout the year from a variety of sources. In this packet, we have the juror’s criteria, policies and procedures, last year’s program, by-laws, and an application.

August 15

Applications must be received, along with five photos of their work. The membership chairman chooses three jurors (usually from the membership, but that is not required) to evaluate the applicants’ work.

The WHA considers all of the following in its decision for membership:

Impact

Does the piece make a statement? Is the statement bold, subtle, suggestive? How dose it make you feel?

Originality

Is this a new concept? Is it a creative concept? Is it rendered in a unique fashion? Is it illustrative?

Intention

What does the piece say to you? Is the intent to illustrate, make a statement, or create a feeling?

Design

Is the piece skillfully rendered, well planned and well thought out? Does the piece show accuracy? Is detail meant to play a part in the composition?

Composition

Is the makeup of the piece brought together in a pleasing arrangement? Do all parts of the piece seem necessary? Is the piece well representative of the media(s) utilized?

Overall Presentation

Does the entire presentation appear to be well done and professional?