Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Benefits of Joining ISSA
Payment of Fees
Specifications for Jurying
SSA and MSA Juries
Applying for Higher Membership
Re-applying for Levels
Contact with Members
What are some of the benefits of joining ISSA?
The goals of ISSA are to promote interest and excellence in Scratchboard Art by providing international exhibitions opportunities and creating teaching and learning opportunity for individual artists. ISSA hopes to connect artists with others working in the same medium as well. ISSA also provides materials for artists to hand out to help educate the public about scratchboard. There is also a Mentoring program in place.
Additional benefits for all levels of members include:
- Connect with a community of other artists working in Scratchboard Art.
- Exposure for members on ISSA's web site
- Receiving e-mail newsletters which will be published quarterly
- Receiving invitations to annual show openings, workshops, and various other society functions
- The ability to hold office and vote on society matters
- Mentoring: Work with an experienced scratchboard artist on an individual basis (for Active & Signature members).
- Discounted fee for workshops (all levels of membership) and invitation to participate in ISSA exhibitions (for Active, Signature and Master members).
What are the different membership Levels that I can apply for?
ASSOCIATE Members - open to anyone who has an interest in scratchboard. This is an entry level and there is no jury process. Anyone who pays for membership at this level will receive the benefits listed above. Members at this level are NOT eligible to submit work to juried shows. To become an Associate member, fill out the Associate member form and pay the required dues.
ACTIVE Members - Open to all artists who may want to submit to the annual juried show or who have an interest in moving up to Signature or Master membership levels either in the same year or following years. Active members receive all of the benefits listed above and also are eligible to enter ISSA juried annual show and can apply for higher membership status at the annual jury process. Upon approval members have 30 days to pay their dues.
To become an active member you must submit a jury fee of $20 to ISSA, the Active Membership form, and a portfolio of five (5) scratchboard works that represent your best work. A Master (MSA) member will evaluate your portfolio and you will be notified of the results within 30 days. You may apply for Active membership at any time of the year, annual dues are pro-rated. You may apply for active membership up to two times in a year. Previous Active Members: Should you not be able to retain your Active status, you may go on Leave of Absence (LOA) for a period of one (1) year) provided you send us notification in writing. If you choose not to renew your Active status and have not contacted us, reapplying will mean that you must go through the jury process again; only this time you can submit three works of art that were previously submitted, along with two new ones.
Do I have to become an Active member before I can apply for Signature or Master level? YES, you must be approved for Active membership before applying for a higher level during the SSA/MSA Jury process, but you can apply for Active membership in the same year that you apply for SSA or MSA. However, your dues for Active must be paid 30 days before the SSA/MSA jury date, so applying for Active in early January is suggested if you desire to try for SSA or MSA in the same year.
After I am an Active member do I have to become a Signature Member
before I apply for Master level? NO. After being approved for
Active you can choose whether you want to apply for SSA or MSA and apply for
either one. Bare in mind that our highest level of membership will only jury in
persons working at the very highest level of our medium and also working to
promote the medium. Read each levels descriptions carefully to see where you
SIGNATURE Members (SSA) - Open to current Active members showing advanced scratchboard skills. Signature members may have the eventual goal of becoming a Master member. Signature members may apply for jury to all ISSA shows and may use the initials SSA after their name. They will also have increased promotion on the ISSA web site, including artwork in the ISSA online gallery.
To apply for this level of membership individuals must submit to the annual jury process for SSA/MSA of each year. They must pay a jury fee of $35 and submit the Signature Membership Application Form, and a portfolio of seven (7) images to the annual jury process. The portfolio should consist of works representing your best scratchboards. The jury process is completed by designated Master Members. Upon approval members have 30 days to pay their dues. If you have applied for this level previously and wish to do so again, you are asked to supply seven (7) images; four (4) of which can be ones you previously submitted.
MASTER Members (MSA) - Open to current Active or Signature
Members who have excelled and, not only artistically work at the highest levels
of Scratchboard Art, but also work diligently to promote the medium in the
public eye. Members must have distinguished themselves and the quality of their
work through four or more of the following methods:
- Museum, National, and/or International exhibition history;
- National or International Awards;
- Solo Exhibitions;
- Gallery representation;
- Teaching of workshops or demonstrations;
- Publication in a recognized industry magazine/book;
- Other activities that show a member’s dedication to promotion of the medium.
To apply for this level of membership individuals must submit to the annual jury process held each year. They must pay a jury fee of $50 and submit the Master Membership Application Form, and a portfolio of ten (10) images to the annual jury process. The portfolio should consist of works representing your best work. The jury process is completed by designated Master Members. Upon approval members have 30 days to pay their dues. If you have applied for this level previously and wish to do so again, you are asked to supply ten (10) images; seven (7)of which can be ones you previously submitted.<
Upon approval, Master Members will become jurors and will no longer be required to be juried into ISSA exhibitions. Master members may use the initials MSA after their name. MSA will be called upon to jury membership applications or exhibitions from time to time. They will also have increased promotion on ISSA web site, including artwork in the ISSA online gallery.
Patrick Hedges has written an excellent tutorial on how to resize images. You can check this out here - Resizing Images.
How much are the Annual Dues for membership?
Associate - $25
Active - $40
Signature - $60
Master - $80
If I pay my dues for my present membership level in January of a year
and then am approved in the same year for a higher level, do I have to
pay annual dues twice in the same year?
You will be charged the difference. Annual dues paid in January for Active or Signature will be applied toward the dues you owe if approved for a higher level. This does NOT apply to Associate Membership dues. For example, if you paid for Active membership in January ($40.00) and applied for Signature and were accepted, you would be charged an additional $20.00 to meet your Signature membership fee. If you applied for Master and were accepted from the Active member level, an additional $40 will be charged to you; if you applied for Master from the Signature level, you will be charged an extra $20. Our Fiscal year is from January 1st to December 31st of each year.
How much are the Jury Fees for each Level?
Associate - no jury, no fee
Active - $20 jury fee
Signature - $35 jury fee
Master - $50 jury fee
What happens to my jury fees? Jury fees for all level
of membership are retained by the society whether you are approved or not and
then you must pay the annual dues within 30 days if you are approved for your
applied for level of membership. You must pay your dues in full before you will
receive any of the benefits of membership.
Specifications for Jurying:
What are the Specifications for Jurying for Each Level?
Applying for Active Membership guidelines are posted on the "Join, Active" page on this site
Signature and Master guidelines are available two months prior to the jury process for SSA and MSA membership.
Payment of Fees:
What are the different ways for me to pay for Jury fee and
The only method of payment that ISSA accepts is PayPal. Our PayPal account is email@example.com You can also use the paypal buttons found on our web site. PayPal is free to sign up for and by far the fastest way to get money to the society.
If my membership lapses do I have to re-jury for membership?
Members not paying their dues by January 31 will be sent a reminder. If not paid by the end of February, all membership rights shall be revoked until the members dues have been paid. If a Signature and Master member's dues lapse for more than one year, they will be subject to jurying again in order to regain their previous membership status. Active membership status shall be reinstated once all dues are paid without re-jurying.
Any Active, Signature, or Master member can request a one-time only leave of
absence (LOA). This request must be submitted in writing to the board. This
would allow the individual to not pay dues for up to, but not exceeding, two
years and retain their status the following year. The member would not be
eligible for exhibitions or other society organized events during their LOA.
SSA and MSA Juries:
When is the Jury for SSA and MSA each year?
The annual jury will be announced to our members on our website, Facebook page and Newsletter; as well as informing members via email. Exact due dates will be published on the web site at least 90 days in advance. We will start to accept applications two months prior to the jury deadline.
How are MSA Jurors’ selected?
Master members shall be rotated through in a pre-selected order for jurying.
Applying for Higher Levels:
Can I submit the same images I used before when I apply for a higher
levels of membership?
You may re-use no more than 70% of images submitted for a lower level of membership when applying for a higher level. So you can use no more than three of the same images used for applying to Active when applying for SSA or MSA. If you are approved for SSA and then try for MSA the following year you may re-use no more than four of the same images used for your SSA jury. No more than seven works may be reused when re-applying for Master membership in a subsequent year.
If I apply for Master, but the jury does not think I meet the
requirements for that level, but I do for Signature will they give me Signature
NO. You should only apply for a level that you think you are qualified for. The jury will only consider your application for the level that you apply for. If you are not approved for MSA you will still retain your Active membership level and be granted the permissions that go with that level. You will not know if they jury thinks you meet the requirements of SSA unless that is the level you applied for.
If I become a Master member will I be required to be on membership or
show jury panel at some time?
Yes. All Master member will be called upon to evaluate artwork for individuals submitting to Active membership throughout the year and may also be asked to be on the panel for either the annual Jury process or to Jury an annual or regional show. To avoid undue bias from any one individual MSA member, all MSA members will be asked to do their part from time to time.
Re-applying for Levels:
Can I submit the same images I used before when I re-applying for
membership (if I was not approved for a specific level on my first try)?
If you are not approved for your applied for level of membership the first time around you may try again one more time in the same year for Active, but will have to wait for the following years annual jury to try again for Signature or Master. You may not use more than 70% of the same work submitted in a previous application when re-applying for any levels (3 for Active, 4 works for SSA, or 7 for MSA).
Contact with Members:
How does the society correspond with members?
Correspondence for ISSA is conducted through e-mail, so it is important that every member have an e-mail address and check it regularly, as some items may be time sensitive. Society newsletters will also be only available online and not in printed format.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact ISSA at any time and we'll be happy to help you.