Federation of Canadian Artists | Senior Signature Member (SFCA)
The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is a registered charity founded in 1941 by professional Canadian working artists including Group of Seven luminaries Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, and A.Y. Jackson. The first National Executive Council was led by Andre Bieler, and Lawren Harris was the BC region’s first Chairman. Other notable founding members included Emily Carr and the Honorable Mark Kearley.
The FCA continues to operate as a registered charity with members throughout Canada and Chapters in Alberta and B.C.. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of knowledge and achievement by offering what is believed to be the first completely artists' sponsored gallery in Canada. Currently the Federation is the only national-level visual arts organization that manages their own full-time art gallery.
The Federation Gallery is located on Granville Island, in the heart of Vancouver's art and culture community. Our gallery features twice-monthly juried exhibitions of works by emerging and Signature members as well as three juried international open shows held annually; Painting on the Edge, the Annual International Representational Exhibition, and the Annual International Mail-in Art Exhibition.
The FCA also holds special collaborative exhibitions with other Canadian art societies. Hosting an extensive education program that is open to all artists, the FCA also provides workshops, classes, critiques and lectures in the fine arts media, with instruction by successful established artists who can help all artists to explore and develop their artistic interest and talent. Membership in the FCA is open to all who appreciate art.
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International Guild of Realism | Member
The International Guild of Realism's (IGOR) primary mission is to advance realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, art gallery shows, workshops and education programs conducted by our members, marketing support, and internet exposure.
For us, "realism" ranges from the classical based upon traditional, academic-style painting to the contemporary where cutting edge techniques and a wide variety of subject matter are used to comment on today's world. Our members represent a wonderful spectrum of styles including (but not limited to) Trompe l'Oeil, photorealism, surrealism, and super-realism.
The International Guild of Realism was founded by a group of leading professional realism artists from around the globe in 2002 with four goals:
Recognize the best realists working today.
Create gallery and museum exhibition opportunities.
Provide advertising and marketing support for IGOR members.
Offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art, created by our members.
We know that as greater numbers of art lovers have access to high-quality realism, the value of these paintings will increase — not just in monetary terms, but in appreciation, understanding, and international attention.
For art collectors, we have juried exhibitions in museums and galleries that span as many aspects of realism as possible, providing incredible panoramas of international work. For museums, we curate themed exhibitions that capture a snapshot of where realism is today. For fellow artists, we gather and share information about workshops conducted by members, and magazine features about realism techniques. It is our passion and our privilege to continuously grow and share this beautiful art form.
*All text courtesy of the International Guild of Realism