How to Become a Member

  • CWA grants elected membership to women artists residing in Connecticut.

  • Artists applying for membership must either be accepted through the Annual Portfolio Review process held once per year in September or accepted into two Annual National Open Juried Exhibitions to qualify for elected membership.

Apply for Membership

 Submit the Portfolio Review Fee one of the following two ways:

Pay online through PayPal using the Buy Now button below

or by check made payable to Connecticut Women Artists, Inc.

Mail checks to CWA, Inc. c/o M. LaBella, 229 Tuttle Road, Durham, CT 06422

Portfolio Review Fee $25

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The CWA Annual Portfolio Review

Each year, CWA invites women artists from Connecticut to submit samples of their work for consideration for membership. 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 the first Saturday of September each year.  In 2020, the first Saturday of the month is September 5.  Please submit portfolios well in advance of the deadline. Candidates are notified by their email provided on the contact sheet shortly after September 5.


Materials for Consideration

  • Contact Sheet (first & last names, phone number, email address & mailing address)

  • 5 JPEG files.  Name of each file should be in the format: title_medium_size.jpg

  • Images should be 1920 pixels at 72 dpi on the longest side

  • Artist’s Statement (maximum 1 page)

  • A brief resume

  • Website URL (optional)


Please Note

  • Acceptable file formats: images: JPEG files only / resumes and statement: DOC and PDF files are acceptable,

  • The Annual Portfolio Review registration fee of $25.00.  See the payment information below.

  • The annual membership fee of $42.00 for full membership is to be paid through PayPal or by check when membership is confirmed by the Portfolio Review Committee. Membership payment applies to the remainder of the year in which the artist is elected and the following year.

  • Email all materials including images, contact sheet, artist's statement and resume to the Membership Chair at






Home page slide show images: CWA Member Michele Tragakiss, Hope, Oil and Ink on Paper; CWA Member Kathleen DeMeo, Alpenglow, Monotype; CWA Member Grace McEnaney, The Rose Window, Watercolor.  Home page events images: L to R: Diane Brown, Loop-dee-Loop, oil & cold wax painting; Carol Zamcheck, Three Birds, alabaster sculpture; Linda DeStefanis, Delayed Departure, oil on canvas painting.  Events page: A recent CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibition at the Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut - Photo by CWA member B. Rossitto.

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