FAQs-Membership

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Membership

Q: What benefits do I receive as a member?
Q: What are the requirements for joining CSPA?
Q: What are my membership payment options?
Q: Do you have a senior citizen or student rate?
Q: How long does it take to process my dues?
Q: What happens if I join late in the membership year? Is there a reduction in dues?
Q: What is Lifetime Membership, and why was the program discontinued? Does this affect existing Lifetime Members?
Q: Who receives the CPSA Membership Directory, and what personal information about me appears in it?
Q: Does CPSA give my name and address to marketers?
Q: How do I join a CPSA District Chapter?
Q: How do I start a District Chapter in my area?
Q: If I’m a member of a local chapter, why do I have to also be a member of the national organization?
Q: What is Signature status?
Q: What is a Charter member?
Q: What is the National Governing Board?
Q: How can I find out about and apply for any National Governing Board openings?
Q: What can I do if I miss a CPSA mailing due to a move?
Q: How can I get my CPSA mailings if I live at an alternate address part of the year?
Q: How do I add or update my website or blog address on the CPSA "Links to Member Websites" page?
Q: How can I find out about colored pencil workshops in my area?
Q: When and where are the two CPSA exhibitions held each year, and how may I enter them?

 

   Q: What benefits do I receive as a member?

  • As a member of CPSA, you’ll belong to a very active society that supports artists working with colored pencil. Members receive:
    • Two issues annually of the full-color CPSA news magazine To The Point, published January and June
    • Printed membership directory for networking with other artists with June update in electronic PDF format
    • Access to colored pencil lightfastness testing results
    • Eligibility to join a District Chapter for local and regional networking
    • Option to have a link from the CPSA website to member’s personal art-related website
    • Opportunity to enter annual exhibitions and earn Signature status (only qualified members in good standing may use the initials CPSA or CPX after their name)
    • Annual convention with meetings and workshops held during International Exhibition
    • Lower fees for annual CPSA exhibitions and convention workshops

   Q: What are the requirements for joining CSPA?

  • Artists at all levels of skill are welcome as long as they are 18 years of age or older. We do not "jury in" members.

    Q: What are my membership payment options?

    • CPSA prefers you to make an online payment from the CPSA website (Membership Shopping Cart). This allows you to pay through PayPal (no PayPal account is required) and is considerably quicker than a mailed-in payment.
    • To pay by mail, new or returning members can print and complete the current membership application, and include a check or money order payable to CPSA. Mail both items to the CPSA Membership director at the address on the form. Payment must be in U.S. dollars.

   Q: Do you have a senior citizen or student rate?

  • CPSA is a nonprofit group that barely meets its annual expenses due to continually rising printing, mailing, and administrative costs. Our goal is to keep annual dues as affordable as possible for all members, while keeping the rate structure as simple as possible to keep from overburdening a very busy all-volunteer governing board. For those reasons, we are unable to offer senior citizen or student rates.

   Q: How long does it take to process my dues?

  • If you make your payment online through the CPSA website, you should receive confirmation within a few days, although it may be a week or two during peak renewal times (September and October). However, if you mail your payment, allow up to four weeks for delivery and processing.

    New or renewing members who provide their email address will receive an acknowledgement email along with a membership card in PDF form that can be personalized and printed. New members also receive a mailed new-member packet. If you do not provide an email address and are brand new to CPSA, watch for your new-member packet to arrive within five or six weeks after you mail your application.

   Q: What happens if I join late in the membership year? Is there a reduction in dues?

  • The CPSA membership year begins each November 1 and ends the following October 31. Dues are not prorated and full payment is due no matter when you join. Dues processed between November 1 and July 31 are applied to the current membership year. Dues processed between August 1 and October 31 are applied to the next membership year, and new members joining during this period are immediately eligible to purchase member-only items.

   Q: What is Lifetime Membership, and why was the program discontinued? Does this affect existing Lifetime Members?

  • The CPSA Lifetime Membership program was discontinued on December 31, 2012, and will be replaced with a 10-year membership option beginning November 1, 2013, with the 2014 membership year. The new program promises to be applicable and beneficial for more of our members. Watch for additional information in mid-2013. Existing Lifetime Members are not affected by the change. Their membership will continue for their lifetime.

   Q: Who receives the CPSA Membership Directory, and what personal information about me appears in it? May I opt out of being listed in the directory?

    • The Membership Directory is a networking tool made available only to current individual and corporate members, who are prohibited from reproducing, distributing, or using member information for promotional purposes without authorization from the CPSA National Governing Board.
    • While CPSA allows Patron and Sponsor corporate members to offer discounts or promote their products and services to our members within specific guidelines, any misuse of the directory for commercial use by any member, Patron, or Sponsor will result in membership suspension.
    • Directory listings include the member’s name, address, city, state, country, phone number, and email address.
    • Effective with the 2013 directory, members cannot opt out of being listed, but may opt to have only their name, city, state, and country listed.
    • To omit your address, phone, and email from the next directory, mark that option on the application form when you join or renew or contact the Membership director with your request

   Q: Does CPSA give my name and address to marketers?

  • CPSA respects your privacy. We provide membership information only to the few companies who support CPSA by purchasing a Patron or Sponsor corporate membership and only for a limited number of promotions of their products and services or discount offers. If you do not wish to receive discounts and art-related product or service information from our Patrons and Sponsors, make sure you mark the option on the membership application or membership renewal form to exclude your address, phone, and email address.

   Q: How do I join a CPSA district chapter?

  • Chapter membership provides members with local networking opportunities. A list of current CPSA district chapters is maintained on the CPSA website, and a printed list is included in mailed new-member packets. To inquire about joining a chapter, contact the chapter president by email. You may join as many chapters as you wish regardless of where you live. Although CPSA has no chapters outside the U.S., international members are welcome to join any U.S. chapter, should they wish to do so.

   Q: How do I start a district chapter in my area?

   Q: If I’m a member of a local chapter, why do I have to also be a member of the national organization?

  • CPSA district chapters exist under the legal umbrella of the national CPSA nonprofit corporation, and the opportunity to join a chapter is one of the benefits of belonging to CPSA. Your national dues not only help support the existence of district chapters, but also provide CPSA with the resources to present two annual juried exhibitions and an annual convention to promote colored pencil as a fine art medium to the art world and general public, to conduct pencil lightfastness testing, to work with manufacturers to produce better products, and to be a strong voice for its membership.

   Q: What is Signature status?

    • Signature status is a special honor granted to CPSA members when their work is juried into and appears three times within ten years of the first acceptance to an annual CPSA exhibition.
    • Achieving Signature status means that the member may add the initials “CPSA” (for the International Exhibition) or “CPX” (for the Explore This! online exhibition) after his or her name.
    • Artists must maintain continuous membership in order to qualify for and retain Signature status.
    • Beyond that, Signature members earn a Merit Award for each five times (including the initial three times) their work appears in the shows.
    • Artists who have not achieved Signature status are not permitted to use these initials.

   Q: What is a Charter member?

  • Charter members are CPSA members who joined CPSA when it was first founded in 1990, and have maintained their membership continuously since then.

   Q: What is the National Governing Board?

  • The National Governing Board consists of a group of unpaid CPSA members who volunteer their time and efforts to help operate the CPSA organization. The members of the governing board serve the entire membership. They are responsible for raising funds, organizing the annual convention and exhibitions, establishing relationships with manufacturers, working with ASTM on lightfastness issues, promoting the organization to major publications, maintaining an online presence, processing member payments, serving district chapters, and much more. See a listing of the current board members.

   Q: How can I find out about and apply for any National Governing Board openings?

  • When an opening on the board becomes available, it is announced in To The Point, on the CPSA website, and/or in a CPSA blog entry. If you’d like to be considered for a current or potential future opening, please contact the CPSA president.

   Q: What can I do if I miss a CPSA mailing due to a move?

  • Because CPSA is a nonprofit organization, it uses bulk mail rates to keep down postage costs. Undeliverable bulk mail is not forwarded. For this reason it is very important to notify CPSA when you move. If you miss a mailing, you can purchase the item from the CPSA website or request a free PDF version by contacting the membership director as instructed on the Free to Members page on the CPSA website.

   Q: How can I get my CPSA mailings if I live at an alternate address part of the year?

  • If you spend three or more consecutive months of the year at an alternate address (particularly during the months of January or June when mailings are usually sent), please be sure to check the "Second Mailing Address" box on the application form when you renew with or join CPSA and provide the second address along with the starting and ending dates. Our membership database automatically adjusts to use the correct address for mailing lists based on the dates you provide. If you do not "renew" your alternate address information each year, the previous address will be removed from our database and all mailings sent to your primary address.

   Q: How do I add or update my website or blog address on the CPSA "Links to Member Websites" page?

    • As a current member, you may promote your artwork through a listing of your art-related website or blog on the CPSA website.
    • You can provide your website or blog URL on your membership or renewal form or by completing and submitting the Change Member Contact Information form from our website.
    • Individual artists are responsible for the content on their linked page. The site must be accessible to anyone, without the need for visitors to be registered or log on to the website to view your artwork
    • If your images are on a gallery or a group site, the link must take visitors directly to the page showing your artwork.
    • CPSA may remove any nonfunctional, malware-infected, non-art-related, or under-construction/coming-soon website addresses. Yours will be among hundreds of member links listed, and viewers will quickly move on if your information is not easily found.
    • Member links are not updated on an individual basis as received, but rather pulled from our database and uploaded to the site on a quarterly basis (mid-February, -May, -August, and -November). If you have submitted your information but do not see your link, it should appear after the next update.

   Q: How can I find out about colored pencil workshops in my area?

    • Instructors often run ads in the CPSA magazine, To The Point, and CPSA invites two top instructors to teach workshops at its annual conventions.
    • The CPSA Facebook page provides information about workshops submitted by Signature members.
    • Also, some district chapters sponsor workshops or publicize local and regional workshops in their newsletters. Even if you are unable to attend chapter meetings, receiving chapter newsletters can be worth the cost of joining.
    • You can also find classes and workshops by searching on the Internet. National magazines, such as American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine, can also be good resources.
    • Finally, you can look in the current membership directory for Signature members who may live near you and contact them to ask if they offer classes or know of any being offered in your area.

   Q: When and where are the two CPSA exhibitions held each year, and how may I enter them?

    • Explore This! is an annual juried show that is posted online each February 1 and displayed for a full year. Entries must be predominantly colored pencil, but must also include some element or technique that would make it ineligible for the International Exhibition.
    • The annual International Exhibition is a juried show held in a different location each year and generally runs for one to two months in conjunction with the CPSA convention. This is a gallery exhibition exclusively for works done in 100% colored pencil. Accepted artwork must be shipped to the gallery and hang for the duration of the show in order to count toward Signature status and Merit awards.
    • A Prospectus for each exhibition provides deadlines, entrance requirements, and all other information related to the shows. Entries for both shows must be submitted online using the CaFÉTM website (www.callforentry.org). See our Exhibitions page for details.

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