How to Become A Member The membership application form for the current season, 2021, is available for online registration with a credit card. Payment goes directly to Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and you will receive confirmation when your registration is processed.
If you prefer to make your membership payment with a check, download a membership form here: and please make your check to Capitol Hill Art League and mail it to Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003. You will receive a “welcome” gmail.
Our yearly season will run from January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021. Membership is open to artists 18 and over. The membership fee is $60 for one year plus a commitment to volunteer two ore more times during the year. Non-volunteering members pay an annual fee, $90—the non-volunteering option is intended only for those artists who are truly not able to contribute time to Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL). College students with valid ID pay $25; volunteering is required for student members. The membership application form for the current season is available here.
Membership Benefits and Involvement Member benefits include submitting work for exhibits, online exhibitions, receiving juror feedback, attending openings for the juror’s talk, zoom meetings, art critique meetings, information about other class/exhibit opportunities, and meeting with fellow artists and gallery visitors and managing sales opportunities through gallery exhibits and events.
Members may choose to assist with a variety of activities including receiving, jurying, coordinating monthly openings, managing web design and maintenance, and developing workshop and exhibit events outside the CHAW gallery.
Submission of Artwork Members should check prospectus for entry fees, numbers of entries accepted and size requirements if any. If two or three pieces are sold as a unit (not separately), then these constitute a diptych or triptych and are counted as one submission. If an artist submits two or three pieces to be displayed as a unit but are to be sold as multiple units, then these pieces count as two or three submissions (respectively). Only original works finished in the last three years may be submitted. Copies are not accepted, even of your own work including giclées. Photos and digital manipulations are considered original. Wall space will determine the acceptable sizes. There is a weight limit for two-dimensional wall-mounted pieces of 30 pounds.
Works must adhere to CHAL guidelines, framing and presentation requirements. See the handbook for details. It is important to understand the framing and presentation requirements. Any works that do not conform to these requirements will not be permitted to be submitted at in-person receiving. Any pieces accepted to a digital-submission exhibit that are delivered and do not conform to these requirements will not be hung in the exhibit until required changes are made. Work previously exhibited in a CHAL juried exhibit may not be resubmitted for any subsequent juried CHAL exhibits. Your prices may NOT be changed after work is entered. If you wish your work not be for sale, please list it as NFS in the price box on the label. All works accepted into and presented in a juried exhibit must remain in the show until it closes. An exception may be made only in the case of out-of-town buyers.
Judging An invited juror, who is not a CHAL member, selects works for the exhibit. Our jurors are regionally or nationally recognized and are professors, art teachers, museum curators and gallery owners. Each exhibit is solely the choice of its juror—CHAL does not control the selection of work. Having a different juror each exhibition assures variety in successive shows and broader opportunities for member artists.
Sales CHAL artists receive 75% of the sale price, with payment sent a month later. 25% commission is retained by CHAW on sales from art exhibits held in the CHAW gallery and applied to gallery costs, exhibit expenses, special events and art classes. CHAL refrains from price negotiations and encourages members to adhere to this policy after work leaves the gallery/ exhibition. All payments from art sales are made electronically via direct deposit to the artist’s checking account. Members must mail a vendor information form supplied from CHAL Steering Committee to the artist and submit it to Nicholas Peterson, his email will be supplied to artists whose work is SOLD. Direct deposit will appear within 2 weeks of payment request form.
Referrals It is understood that the artist will not undersell the Art League. Members are expected to remit to CHAL a percentage of any sales made through CHAW gallery. If, through CHAL, a patron wishes to see additional work by an artist and a studio visit is arranged, a sale is made, and the artist handles the entire process, the artist owes a 10% referral fee to CHAL.
An overview of membership details is provided on this page. If you would like full details of membership in CHAL, please reference the CHAL Handbook which you can find here.
The Capitol Hill Art League Presents its Tenth Annual Metro Open Juried Exhibition: GALAXY April 5 – April 30, 2021 Online at www.caphillartleague.org
Galaxy evokes images suggestive of cosmic vastness, emptiness, otherworldliness, outerworldliness, yet can represent an internal as well as an outer landscape. Submitting artists are invited to explore their artwork interpretations of Galaxy through their own personal process and any media, including photography. The exhibition is open to artists, 18 years and older, residing in the DC/VA/MD area, 2-D and 3-D.
Juror: April M. Rimpo Artist & Instructor from Dayton, MD April is an award winner artist who works with water media, most often in a combination of fluid acrylic and watercolor on 140lb watercolor paper where she “explores color and light to tell stories of life.” She has been studying and teaching art for over 40 years and is represented in galleries in Maryland, District of Columbia and New York, NY. Her work has been featured in several editions of North Light Books and magazines.
Virtual Reception and Juror’s Remarks on Zoom April 9, 2021 at 6:00pm – Juror will make remarks, awards will be given and the winning exhibit artwork will be screen shared.
Entry Process Entrants may submit digital images in the online process at Smarter Entry. To enter go to: https://client.smarterentry.com/chal and follow instructions. If you don’t already have an account with Smarter Entry, you will set one up as “First Time User.” Necessary information includes title, artist name, medium, dimensions, and price. Digital files for viewing should be JPEG format, saved at high resolution with the longest dimension being no more than 1200 pixels.
All work must be original and signed by the artist. Photographs and digital manipulations are considered original. All work must have been created within the last three years. Work previously juried into a CHAL exhibit may not be submitted. Previously non- accepted work may be submitted.
Submission Opens: February 12, 2021 Submission Closes: March 12, 2021 at midnight.
Entry Fees Non-members may submit 3 entries for a non-refundable fee of $35.00 CHAL members’ discounted fee is $25; a special discount code will be sent to our members for their discount. Up to two additional entries may be submitted at $5 each for members and non-members. Artists submitting 3-dimensional work may provide two images of each piece, front view and side view. Non-members are encouraged to join the Capitol Hill Art League by going online to: https://reg.chaw.org/chal/membership
Accepted Work and Awards Our juror will select the final exhibitors from the Smarter Entry submissions and will consider the theme as part of the criteria for selection. The juror will also decide and award First, Second Third place plus (2) Honorable Mentions. On or around March 29, 2021, an email will go out to all participants with the names of the juried exhibiting artists and the title of their artwork for the on-line show. All awards will be presented at the opening virtual reception to be held Friday, April 9, 2021 beginning at 6:00pm.
Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) reserve the right to use various artwork images to promote this exhibit and other CHAL and/or CHAW events for up to a year from the date of the online show at no cost to CHAL and/or CHAW and will provide credit to the artist in the promotion material.
Sales All 2-D art for sale should be priced as framed. CHAL will provide an online venue for the show on the CHAL website at caphillartleague.org. Interested buyers will contact the CHAL Steering Committee to purchase the art through Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW). CHAW deducts a 25% commission on exhibition sales from the pre-tax sales price. The price submitted on the Smarter Entry registration online form will be the price presented at the time of the show for accepted work. Artists will be paid for their sale(s) through an electronic direct deposit system. Work that is not for sale must be marked NFS. Artists will make arrangements with buyers for delivery or drop off of sold art work.
About CHAL The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) is a program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, DC. 70 Artists/members from the DC- metro area exhibit and sell original artwork at CHAW and various venues in the DC region. CHAL/CHAW hosts lectures on art related topics, offers workshops, and strives to support this vibrant community of artists.