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Artist Membership

Artist Membership at The Center for Contemporary Arts requires an application and registration fee for consideration into membership. 

The Center supports and enriches our artist members through the following benefits:
•    Link to Artist’s website or Social Media on The Center’s website
•    Discounts at area local businesses when you show your membership card
•    Opportunities to submit Exhibit Proposals for shows in one of our four galleries (All Exhibit Proposals must meet the standards of the gallery for which the proposal is written and be reviewed and accepted by the Gallery Curator.)
•    Opportunities to submit up to three works for inclusion in two Artist Member Group Shows annually to be juried by the Gallery Curator.
•    Opportunity to exhibit and sell work in XS ART exhibit and store
•    “Artist Members Only” meetings, gatherings, and educational events
•    Discounted ticket prices to The Center’s fundraising events
•    Educational and professional development classes and workshops with priority registration and discounts
•    Opportunities to be an instructor for The Center’s Studio Art education series for members and community
•  Opportunities to participate in vital arts outreach for the community and marginalized populations through The Center’s ArtReach and ArtHEALs Education Programs
•    Opportunities to engage with and contribute to the greater Abilene community through art and art-centered events and help build a strong artist community in Abilene


Once all items are received, registrations will be reviewed by the Artist Membership and Levels Selection committee. All qualifying members will be admitted at the Artist member level. A member may not apply to become a signature member until the member has had at least one juried solo show at the Center.


Registrations must include the following:

  • Completed online registration form

  • Non-Refundable Application fee of $20

  • Artist Biography

  • Artist Statement

  • Images of Artist’s work

    • 10 or more images of work created within last 3 years 

    • at least one piece of earliest work to show progress of artist

    • if working in multiple mediums, please provide minimum of three images of work in each medium

  • Resume or curriculum vitae

  • Texas Sales Tax License (if applicable)




ALL Artist Member Dues will be $120 per year and are due by October 31.  Annual membership dues will be prorated based on the month registrations are reviewed. Payments plans are available but must be requested from the Executive Director before October 31.  Failure to do so will result in termination of membership and the artist must re-apply.  All fees will apply.




Artists Levels shall be based on

  • Design

  • Mastery of medium

  • Conceptual originality

  • Evidence of professional practice (i.e., production, exhibitions and thematic depth).

Discount Partners

3rd Street Printing & Sign Co.
1230 N. 3rd St
15% off select services
Abilene Frame-N-Art

3301 S. 14th St, 26B


10% off select frames

ACT-Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St


Buy 1 ticket at regular price, get 2nd half off (1 per person per season)

Bible Hardware

333 Walnut St


Buy 1 get 1 free, single-side key (Limit 3 per visit; excludes vehicle keys)

Bogie's Deli

241 Cypress St


10% off entire purchase (excludes gift card purchases)

Monk's Coffee Shop

233 Cypress St


10% off all beverage purchases

Vagabond Pizza

1056 N 2nd St


10% off food and drinks (excludes alcohol)

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