How To Join
C'ville Arts Gallery, 118 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
C'ville Arts is a retail gallery on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall cooperatively run by Transient Crafters, Inc., a group of Virginia artisans. We jury new members regularly. If you are interested in membership, complete the application form (download link below) and submit it at the store or mail it to the cooperative at the above address along with at least 5 physical samples of your work and 4 to 6 digital images. The application, samples, and images must be received one week prior to the jurying session. There is a $20 non-refundable application fee that must accompany your submission.
Deadlines for the year and specifications for submitting an application are listed below. Please read our FAQs first. Thanks, we look forward to seeing your work!
Frequently Asked Questions About Applying to C'ville Arts
Q: Do I have to live in Virginia to apply?
A: Yes, we have all local Virginia arts and crafts, you must live in Virginia to apply.
Q: During the week before the application deadline, is there a particular day or time I should drop off my artwork?
A: Any day. We are open 7 days a week, M-Th between 10 and 6, F-Sa between 10 and 8, Su between 12 and 6. Just make sure you drop it off at least a week before the meeting date.
Q: Where do I drop off my artwork?
A: Your application and samples should be dropped off at C'ville Arts. The artist on duty at the counter will accept them and let Meg know they are at the gallery. You may also mail them, but be sure to allow enough time for delivery ahead of the materials date (one week before the jury date).
Q: Is there a date range or deadline date for submitting digital photos?
A: The date for applying is one week before the actual jurying, and the application, physical sample of work, and digital images need to be in by then.
Q: Are the digital photos a pre-judge before the physical works judging?
A: No, the digital images are for us to share beforehand, so if members can’t come to the meeting, they can see the work.
Q: If my images are acceptable, would I then submit my physical work for review to be judged by the deadline?
A: No, your work, application, digital images, and money need to be submitted by the materials date, which is one full week before the jury date.
Q: How should I send the photos?
A: Images for jury review should be emailed to Meg West as jpegs or pngs, and not LARGE images, please.
Q: Also, how many images are allowed?
A: There is no maximum. About six images is recommended.
2021 Jury Deadlines for Membership
Meeting Date - January 17 - Application Deadline - January 10
Meeting Date - April 18 - Application Deadline - April 11
Meeting Date - June 15 - Application Deadline - June 8
Meeting Date - August 15 - Application Deadline - August 8
Meeting Date - October 19 - Application Deadline - October 12
JURYING STATUS: We are accepting applications for the October 20 jury session. This will be the only opportunity to jury before the holiday shopping season. Digital images are required in addition to the physical samples for this session as the meeting will be mostly virtual and not all members will be able to visit the gallery to view the physical samples. Please also see the current hours the shop is open at the bottom of the page before bringing in your application.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please submit at least 5 physical samples of your work for consideration. We prefer that you submit no more than 2 distinct types of work, and include at least 2 or 3 items that represent each type of work you want to sell. If applicable, include some samples packaged for sale. If you plan to sell some of your work framed, please include a framed sample. If you plan to sell prints, include at least one original.
Artists accepted into the co-op will be required to provide the website committee with a minimum of six digital images of their work, along with an artist statement. Though not required for jury at this time, submittal of digital images with your application will get your work before more eyes, because we can post the work to the web for review by the entire membership. If you choose to submit these additional digital images for review, please write to email@example.com. (These digital photographs are not a substitute for the required physical samples.)
Provisional Membership: All new working members enter on a provisional 6-month contract as either Dues-Paying Members or Percentage-Based Members (see below.) They have all of the work and payment requirements listed, but do not have voting rights. Following the probationary period, they may be voted in as full members.
Dues-Paying Membership: Members pay a one-time buy-in of $200. Monthly dues are set by the voting membership and are approximately $100/month. Members receive 85% of their actual sales, with 5% going toward the administrator's payment and 10% toward credit card fees, packaging and other operating costs. Members work in the shop 10 – 16 hours per month, depending on the season and the number of members. In addition, they do one extra duty for the cooperative, which averages 2 hours per month. Full voting rights.
Percentage-Based Membership: There is a $10 per month fee. These members receive 70% of their actual sales, with 30% retained by the cooperative toward cooperative overhead and administrative fees. The work requirements for this category are the same as for Regular Members. If the Member decides to switch to Dues-Paying Membership, the $10 monthly fee already paid is applied toward the $200 buy-in. Full voting rights.
Associate, Non-working Members
Associate Membership features a month-to-month contract that is cancelable by either party with 30 days' notice. Members do not work in the shop or have voting rights. They pay a $10 per month membership fee and receive 60% of their actual sales, with 40% retained toward cooperative overhead and administrative fees. They are also required to submit a $100 deposit that will be refunded when the member leaves if they have met all contractual agreements.
Please refer to our FAQs above.
Not sure how to get started selling your work? Wondering if expanding into a retail cooperative is a good move for you? Are you unsure about the time or financial commitment of joining C'ville Arts? We can help answer these questions; Email Meg West, our New Member Coordinator. We want to support and encourage artists and crafters in our community and can help you determine whether C'ville Arts would be a good fit for your business.
Thank you for your interest in C'ville Arts.
Membership info and application...
Please print and complete this form; mail to the attention of Meg West, with $20 check payable to C'ville Arts Gallery, to: 118 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Or, bring with your delivered samples.