Juried Artist Membership
Emerging Artist Program
The SAA Collective’s emerging artist program has recently relaunched and welcomes new and upcoming artists to participate in the SAA Collective at no cost to the artist! Emerging artists follow all the guidelines and receive all the benefits a juried artist does but also will be mentored by art professionals to further their education in becoming a professional artist. To apply as an emerging artist, follow all the guidelines to jury in as you would as a juried artist and mark "yes" for emerging artist on your application form.
SAA Collective Jury Fee
Jury fee for new potential SAA Collective Artists. All application materials must be received by the jury deadline for consideration. If you have questions about the application process please contact the SAA Collective at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-544-2787.
Next New Juried Artist Deadline: July 15
*Please drop off all physical application materials to SAA Main Campus at 700 North 4th Street by July 15. All digital materials may be emailed to email@example.com.
Our artist members have the opportunity to regularly show their work at SAA Collective in our fresh new gallery located on 5th and Washington, have a featured artist’s exhibition at the SAA Collective approximately every three years, participate in juried exhibitions in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at a discounted rate when applicable, and participate in art outreach, teaching opportunities, and SAA events as desired.
Our mission is to promote and support the visual arts, provide art education opportunities for the greater Springfield area, and preserve and interpret historic Edwards Place and the collections of the SAA. We believe that art is a vital part of any healthy community. Your interest and application indicates that you wish to participate in Springfield’s creative community.
The SAA Collective is the retail gallery space of the SAA. That said, the mission is to show the highest quality, most interesting work being created in the region. Salability is not our first consideration, presenting excellent art is our first priority.
Your work will be reviewed by a panel of three jurors, two artists affiliated with the SAA and one professional guest juror from the region. The use of juries is a common practice in the visual arts. By utilizing this system, the work is viewed objectively by a number of artists and not subjected to the personal tastes of any one artist. We use the jury system to ensure that the work displayed in our gallery is of the highest possible quality in terms of concept, style, technical skill, and presentation. The panel will evaluate three pieces of actual work (brought to the gallery) in each media category and up to twelve additional digital portfolio images.
SAA Collective Gallery
105 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Wednesday - Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
SAA Main Campus
Main Office, Studios,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM