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VAE Raleigh is THE place for artists to get started, get inspired, and get to know the creative community. We want you to meet other artists, learn, and reach the next level in your creativity!

Not only does membership get you discounts and access to VAE's programs, events, members-only exhibits and artist forums, it also supports VAE's work as a hub for creativity in the Triangle! Your contribution allows VAE to launch artists' careers, award grants + fellowships, and inform, empower, and inspire creative people to make a difference in their communities! 


Our three-tiered membership levels are designed to suit artists + supporters of all kinds! Now anyone can join VAE starting at just $25 a year!

MEMBERSHIP FORM:

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LEVEL 1 - $25 per year

  • Discounts on exhibit entry fees + program registrations

  • Free access to monthly artist groups

  • Invites to member social events

  • Special email offers + opportunities

  • Low 25% commission rate on art sales (versus 35%)

LEVEL 2 - $75 per year

  • Inclusion in our new artist database

  • Low 25% commission rate on art sales (versus 35%)

  • 10% discount on all art purchases

  • Annual Report + mailed swag

  • Early registration opportunities

  • VIP Receptions / special previews / sneak peeks for exhibitions

  • Inclusion in our VAE Artist Facebook group

  • Discounts on exhibit entry fees + program registrations

  • Free access to monthly artist groups

  • Invites to member social events

  • Special email offers + opportunities

HOUSEHOLD - $120 per year

 All the benefits of Level 2 but for two people residing in the same household.

LEVEL 3 - $200 per year

  • Discounts on exhibit entry fees + program registrations

  • Free access to monthly artist groups

  • Invites to member social events

  • Special email offers + opportunities

  • Low 25% commission rate on art sales (versus 35%)

  • 10% discount on all art purchases

  • Annual Report + mailed swag

  • Early registration opportunities

  • VIP Receptions / special previews / sneak peeks for exhibitions

  • Inclusion in our artist database

  • Inclusion in our Facebook group

  • Four VIP Meet & Greet opportunities with curators, artists, collectors, gallery owners, etc.

  • Two tickets to VAE’s end-of-year event or to the annual VAE Summit

If you would like to become a VAE member but the membership fee is a financial barrier, please contact Sorena (sorena@visualartexchange.org / 919.828.7834) today to start a conversation!

 

2019 MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR

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Below is a partial calendar of member benefit events through the end of this year, we add new events and perks constantly, which will be easy for you to keep up with, because as a member you’ll get our regular emails! By June 15, 2019 all current members will receive a survey that will help VAE staff plan the rest of the member programming for the year.

MAY 

>> Member Orientation
May 9, 5:30-6:30 PM
Meet VAE staff for a tour of our space and chat about upcoming opportunities! All membership levels. 

>> Member Programming Survey
May 15 (online)
We want to hear from our membership about what learning and networking events you'd like more of! All membership levels. 

>> UNREAL exhibition
An exhibition of abstract artworks at our community exhibitions venues, United Arts Council. (Members get $5 off entry fee, members of the Abstract and Contemporary Artists’ Group get an additional $5 off) Deadline for entries: 11:59 PM on May 20. All membership levels.

>> Member Meet & Greet with Valerie Hillings
May 23, 6-8 PM
Connect with the new director of the North Carolina Museum of Art and hear about where she plans to take the institution. Level 2&3 members. 

JUNE

 >> Epic Artist Speed Dates & COSO19 Curator Guest Lecture
June 1, 2-5 PM
Let's do some fun speed dating to get to know each other! Then join us for a talk by Rachel Reese, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. Rachel is our COSO19 exhibition juror and will talk about her curatorial practice and trends she sees in contemporary art. Level 2&3 members get first dibs.

 >> VAE PROM
June 8 @ Legends
VAE's PROM is a magically weird night of glittery, ridiculous outfits and dancing. This year we are partnering with Legends Nightclub to produce an especially awesome 80s Candyland PROM! Level 3 members get two free tickets! 

JULY 

>> Adelante sin Permiso curator meet + greet reception
July 12 @ 5:30 PM
Come meet and chat with curator Gui Villalba Portel and get a first look at the exhibition! Level 2&3 members. 

>> Depth of Field exhibition
An exhibition of photographic works at our community exhibitions venues, United Arts Council. (Members get $5 off entry fee, members of the Photographers’ Group get an additional $5 off) Deadline for entries: 11:59 PM on July 9. All membership levels.

AUGUST

>> VAE Member Showcase
An exhibition of work by our VAE family members at our community exhibitions venues, United Arts Council. (exclusive to and free for members) Deadline to enter 11:59 PM on August 19. All membership levels. 

SEPTEMBER

>> Unfinished Business exhibition
An exhibition of unfinished artwork that will include a community feedback component and large group critique to help the exhibiting artists finish their works. Entry deadline September 16 (members get $5 off entry fee). All membership levels. 

>> Reclaiming My Time exhibition
The fall exhibition at our community exhibitions venues, the National Humanities Center, will be a survey of contemporary female-identifying artists from the regional south. Members get $5 off their entry fee. Entry details coming! All membership levels. 

OCTOBER

 >> Reclaiming My Time Curator Meet & Greet
Come meet and chat with the curator and get a first look at the exhibition! Level 2&3 members. 

>> Unfinished Business Critique
October 26, 5:30 PM @ UAC
In conjunction with our Unfinished Business exhibition, we are hosting a cocktail reception and artwork critique. We will have a community critique with guest critic for the artists with work in the exhibition. All membership levels. 

DECEMBER

>> Member Holiday Party December 12 @ VAE
Join your VAE family for wonderfully tacky, holly jolly holiday party! All membership levels.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT OVERVIEW

EXHIBITIONS
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Non-juried showcases.
- Reduced entry fees for The Lab, The Cube, Main Gallery Exhibitions, and Community Exhibitions at 9 locations around the Triangle, all year long.

MARKETING + ARTIST NETWORKING
- Membership is non-juried and artists are immediately part of VAE’s vast network of artists, educators, patrons, and community leaders.
- Exclusive members-only programming and networking events.

EDUCATION + SUPPORT
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Members can meet with VAE staff to review your resume, artist’s statement, or give you advice about presentation and your portfolio.
- VAE offers low-cost and free learning experiences, which members get to register for first at reduced rates. Topics include preparing and applying for artist’s opportunities, networking, and marketing.

ARTIST GROUPS
Members attend all of our artist group meetings for free:

  • Abstract & Contemporary Artists’ Group - fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 PM and the second Saturday of each month at 9 AM

  • Metalsmith's Group - second Monday of every month at 7 PM at VAE

  • Photographers’ Group - first Wednesday of every month at 7 PM

  • Plein Air Painters Group - Meets the fourth Saturday of each month at varying locations (warmer months).

  • Tongue & Groove Open Mic Group - second Sunday of every month

SAVE MONEY
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Low commissions on sales (25% for members, 35% for non-members.)
- Free attendance to monthly artists’ nights, lecture series and artists’ groups.
- Discounted entry and workshop fees and a 10% off purchases at VAE.