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The Hamilton County Artists' Association (HCAA) has been around since 1950, and is the only juried arts organization in Hamilton County, Indiana.  We are committed to continuing past traditions and embracing exciting artist opportunities in the future.  Our application has historically only been available in November of each year. However, we have decided to offer a rolling application process so prospective members can jury in at any point during the year! Applications may be submitted at any time, however, the jury selection process will take place by a qualified selection committee four times each year (March, June, September, and December). The application fee is non-refundable. If an artist is not juried in, they will need to wait one year before trying again. If an artist is juried in, their membership dues ($50) will be due in January of the following year. If you have any questions, please contact us at Thanks!

Membership Benefits Exclusive to Juried Artists

  • Public use of HCAA Juried Artist designation

  • Sale of your original artwork in HCAA exhibits

  • Sale of your prints, cards, and small 3D items in The Birdie Gallery Gift Shop

  • Voting on matters pertaining to the operations and events of the Association

  • Discounts on workshops/classes held at The Birdie Gallery

  • Discounted rental cost for use of The Birdie Gallery

  • No application fee for Art Fair on the Square

  • And many more!

Juried Artist Membership Responsibilities

  • Commitment of 5 years (other Juried Artist membership levels available after 5 years).

  • You must be a current or former resident of Hamilton County, IN.

  • Pay membership dues annually ($75 Active Juried Artist).

  • Actively serve on at least one committee per year.

  • Actively volunteer for projects and exhibits, working with other members to assist the success of the HCAA programs.

  • Host The Birdie Gallery at least three shifts between February-November each year.

  • Volunteer to contribute snacks and or beverages for meetings and First Fridays.


Below is a list of things that our selection committee will be looking at as they view the submissions from prospective artists. They will be taking into consideration both the artwork, as well as the artists' statement and experience.


  • Repeating shapes, patterns, symmetry

  • Lack of beauty: is this a statement or lack of skill

  • Colors: do they compliment or enhance each other? 

  • Is it pleasing to the eye?

  • Is it garish: too much pure chroma, lack of focus on the subject or statement?

  • Is it muddy?



  • physical: impasto

  • visual: master of techniques to show implied texture



  • Does is enhance or distract from the focus or focal point?

  • Does it keep the viewers attention?

  • Are proportions of elements in the work correct or are they off?



  • Is this artwork above or on the same level as other artists we have juried into our organization?

  • Does the body of work display understanding of technique?


  • Purely representational

  • Tells a story

  • Makes a statement

  • Allegory or Metaphor




  • What and how is it depicted?

  • Will it be original and/or diverse among other works in our gallery?

  • Has the artist fulfilled his or her intent with their work?

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