Artist Guild Membership
Share your work. Build your network. Grow your creative practice.
The Crooked Tree Arts Center is pleased to offer the Artist Guild Membership. Designed for visual artists working in all media, this annual membership is one way CTAC provides professional support for working artists. Artist Guild membership is $100, and may be paid in quarterly installments. Over $300 in services and membership perks are included!
Benefits at a Glance
- FREE entry for all Crooked Tree Arts Center exhibition open calls*
- Your own page in our website's artist directory
- Listing in the Art & Craft Trails mobile app. Published by Crooked Tree Arts Center, Art & Craft Trails is northern Michigan's guide to art studios, galleries, and events.
- Discounts on professional development events
- Eligibility to participate in the annual CTAC Artist Guild Member salon exhibition
- Member rates on classes and workshops
- Member rates on tickets
- Member rates on trips
- 10% discount on all purchases during the holiday shopping season
- Invitation to member-only openings and receptions
- Early bird registration for classes and workshops
- Listing in our annual newsletter
*excludes markets and fairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m an artist and CTAC Member. Do I have to join the Guild?
Nope! The Guild Membership was developed for artists who can benefit from the features offered. If you would like to regularly participate in CTAC juried exhibition opportunities, be listed in the Artist Guild Directory, the mobile Arts & Crafts trail app, participate in the annual Artist Guild Member Salon Exhibition, and receive the other membership perks, then this membership is right for you.
I already have a membership and am an artist, can I also receive the Artist Guild Membership benefits?
Yes! Membership levels of Supporting and above are eligible to receive the Guild Membership benefits at no extra charge. If you would like to join the Guild or upgrade from your current membership, simply contact our front desk at 231-347-4337 so that we can set up your membership accordingly.
My partner and I are both artists. Do we each need to purchase an Artist Guild Membership?
No! For our introductory year, the Artist Guild Membership is considered a household membership. All members of your household can receive the benefits of this membership.
I just purchased or renewed my membership, but now I want the Artist Guild Membership. What do I do?
Contact our front desk and they will be able to assist you with this update.
Is my Artist Guild Membership good at both CTAC locations?
Yes! Crooked Tree Arts Center has locations in Petoskey and Traverse City. (Some opportunities such as the annual Artist Guild Member Salon Exhibition and artist professional development conference may alternate locations each year.)
Artist Guild Directory
What is it?
The Artist Guild Directory is a section on CTAC's website to promote the work of Artist Guild members. Visitors can browse your images, get links to your website and Instagram, read your biography, and learn where they can see and buy your art.
How It Works
After you purchase your membership, CTAC will email you a link and login information to create and manage your directory listing. You will publish your own content. CTAC reserves the right to edit content for clarity and may remove content deemed unfit for publication on the CTAC website.
Businesses and patrons in our community regularly reach out to CTAC to find artists for exhibition opportunities or to add artwork to their collections. By listing with CTAC, potential clients and collaborators can easily find your work and contact you directly with potential opportunities. Your directory can link to your own website, gallery representation, or Instagram feed, or use the directory alone as a way to manage your online presence.
What you will need to create your directory page:
- One square-ish image (.jpg, .gif, .png. Minimum: 200x200 pixels; maximum: 2000x2000 pixels). Can be a headshot, candid shot, or picture of your art.
- Biography and/or Artist Statement
- At least one additional picture of your art (.jpg, .gif, .png. Minimum: 600x300 pixels) with Title, Year, Medium, and Dimensions.
- Website link
- Instagram link
- Phone number
- List of galleries where you work can be found
- List of art organizations with which you are affiliated
- Up to 9 additional images of your artwork
CTAC reserves the right to edit content posted to the directory for clarity. CTAC may remove content deemed unfit for publication on the CTAC website.
Call 231-237-2377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art & Craft Trails Mobile App
What is it?
Published by Crooked Tree Arts Center, Art & Craft Trails is Northern Michigan’s guide to art galleries, studios, organizations, and events. Its mission is to encourage residents and visitors to explore the many cultural resources here, and to highlight Northern Michigan as an arts destination. The Art & Craft Trails mobile app is free to download, and is available for both Apple (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices. People use the app to discover and navigate to galleries and studios.
If you have a studio or gallery in northern lower Michigan that the public can visit (either with posted hours or by appointment), the Art & Craft Trails mobile app can help drive visitors to you. Mobile app listings include a description, contact information, links to website/social media, and an image.
How it works
After you purchase your membership, CTAC will email you to ask if you’d like to participate in the Art & Craft Trails mobile app, and detailing what we will need from you to create your mobile app listing.
CTAC Exhibition Opportunities
Each year, CTAC posts at least two open calls for entry for exhibitions in our Petoskey or Traverse City locations. All CTAC members receive a discount on entry fees, but Artist Guild Members can enter all opportunities free of charge.
Artist Guild Member Salon Exhibition
Starting in 2020, CTAC will host an annual Artist Guild Member Salon Exhibition. Each Guild Member is eligible to contribute work to the exhibition; at least one work from each participating Guild Member will be included.
Submit a Proposal
Exhibition proposals are accepted from CTAC staff, members, and the public on an ongoing basis. To find out more about how to submit a proposal, click here.
Professional development opportunities are offered at both CTAC locations throughout the year. Past topics have included trademark and copyright issues, how to photograph artwork, website building, and more. Details about an upcoming professional development conference for artists will be posted here soon!