How to Become a Member

Woman Painting
Forest Photographer
Female Clay Artist

Apply for Membership
August 1 through August 31

Women artists are eligible to become members after being accepted into two CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibitions or through the annual portfolio review application process held in the fall, which solicits representative work from artists considered for membership. Several of these candidates are accepted as members each year.


Submissions begin on August 1. The deadline for receipt of all submissions is August 31 each year. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in late September through early October.


For instructions on how to apply for membership through the annual portfolio review and submit samples of your work, click on the PDF file icon. You must also submit the application fee below.




Application Instructions

Application Fee

  • Submit the Portfolio Review/Application fee one of the following two ways:

  • Pay online through PayPal using the Buy Now button below or

  • Pay by check made payable to Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. Mail checks to CWA, Inc. c/o C. Tuttle, treasurer 245 Thompson Hill Rd, Portland 06480

From CWA's Co-Presidents

To all women who live in Connecticut and create art:

We encourage you to join Connecticut Women Artists (CWA), a vibrant, 90+-year-old group with an extensive statewide membership base. Since 1929, CWA’s members have been giving one another support and encouragement as they practice a myriad of studio art media, such as painting, sculpting, assemblage, photography, fiber art, glasswork, and pastels.

If you’re ready to take yourself seriously as an artist, we invite you to join our group.
There are two avenues to membership: One is to have your work juried into two of our annual National Open Juried Exhibitions, which typically occur over the summer, and which in 2021 will take place at Arts Center East in Vernon, Connecticut, from August 21 to September 14. The other is to submit your work to a portfolio review process.
This is an anonymous jurying process in which prospective candidates are asked to submit 5 JPEG images of their work, plus a brief resume. Submitted work will be considered by means of a set of objective criteria. All fine art media are acceptable, including drawing, painting (and its many media), photography (still, film, video, and other), sculpture (and its many media, including installation), architecture, printmaking (and its many media), mixed media, fiber art, and the applied arts when presented as fine art.
Submissions begin on August 1. The deadline for receipt of all submissions is August 31 each year.
Thank you for thinking about joining this vibrant group of dedicated artists!

Diane Cadrain    Carol Vinick


Portfolio Review/Application Fee $25

Apply for Membership
After Acceptance Into Two CWA National Exhibitions

If you have been accepted into two CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibitions you are eligible for membership. Apply by filling out the form below and providing the information requested. No application fee is necessary to apply. You will be added to the membership directory after applying for membership by completing the form below and submitting your annual membership dues.

If you have been accepted into two of CWA's National Open Juried Exhibitions, provide the dates, exhibition venues, and titles of the accepted works.

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