Our artist members are partners in our mission; our work is meant to ensure their visibility and success. WPA is the only artist member organization in the region that offers programming to serve artists at every juncture in their career – from when they first get involved as art students, through their emerging years and even after they become established artists.
WPA’s strength lies in our relentless commitment to the contemporary artist working in the DC Metro region. It is our mission to provide opportunities and resources to artists so that they may achieve more in their artistic practice and go farther in their creative careers than they might without us.
Show Your Work
WPA Exhibitions and Calls for Entry
WPA regularly presents critically-acclaimed solo and group exhibitions throughout the DC metro region. Member artists show their work with WPA at the annual (e)merge Art Fair at no cost. WPA calls for entry are always free for members.
Visual Representation Online and in Print
Members receive an account with ArtFile Online as part of their membership. WPA’s popular web-based portfolio registry features hundreds of member artists and is used by curators, art advisors, gallerists and collectors. Members also have the option to include their work in the WPA 2015-2016 Artist Directory.
Free Professional Development
Our Professional Practices program offers a diverse series of professional development workshops and lectures, always free to members, created to enrich the artist’s practice while connecting our membership to new networks and bolstering their ability to professionally succeed.
Plug In and Promote Your Work
WPA’s widely read and distributed newsletter, Projector, features calls for entry from arts organizations and galleries outside WPA, news and events, as well as a section dedicated exclusively to highlighting and listing the exhibitions, projects and achievements of our members. The newsletter features a new member each issue with the “Meet a WPA Member” section. WPA member artwork is rotated monthly on our homepage at wpadc.org.
Meet and discuss your work with international curators through our ongoing visiting curator review program Information Exchange, attend our diverse artist and curator talks, and immerse yourself in the regional arts community at our openings, mixers, and other special programs and events.
How to join
There are three easy ways to join or renew your membership
- JOIN/RENEW ONLINE WITH OUR SECURE FORM
- DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE MEMBERSHIP FORM AND RENEW BY MAIL
- JOIN OR RENEW BY PHONE USING A CREDIT CARD AT (202) 234-7103
Individual membership: $55 per year ($100 for 2 years)
Student Membership: $45 per year ($80 for 2 years)
(Must verify current enrollment by mail with a student ID or schedule)
Members receive a variety of discounts at many regional arts-oriented retailers and businesses, including:
CAPITOL SKYLINE HOTEL
50% off pool memberships
20% off best available room rate
50% off parking
10% off food and beverage
40% off framing services
Digital press and printing services
20% off printing services
Framing services (two locations)
10% off all framing
Shipping and packaging
15% off packaging services and artwork shipping
Rent cars locally by the hour
Annual Membership only $25 (A $60 dollar value) and discounted weekday hourly rental rates for Zipcars and Ziptrucks.
If your company would like to offer an incentive or discount to our members, please contact Deena at email@example.com or 202-234-7103, x2. Your donations are tax deductible!