Call for Artists
EBCA is a diverse group, composed of artists from Front Range Communities. Founded in 1999, EBCA brings to the community a variety of events, specifically the annual EBCA Studio Tour. We open our studios for one weekend in April and invite the public to meet with the artists and see for themselves who we are, how we work, and the environments we have created to make our art. In addition, EBCA sometimes holds a fundraising Art Show & Sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the EBCA general fund. We also offer member artists opportunities to participate in festivals and other art shows year round. Our growing group of visual artists provides ongoing outreach/educational workshops and demonstrations to children and adults in a variety of venues throughout the year.
Annual East Boulder County Studio Tour
EBCA's Studio Tour is held each year for one weekend in April. Our reputation for excellence is well known, and attendance and interest from the community continues to grow. Media categories include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, fused glass, sculpture, ceramics, cast paper, bookmaking, art quilting, woodcarving, photography, collage and jewelry making. Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work and are responsible for paying appropriate local sales taxes.
While our Studio Tour takes place in Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Erie and Longmont, participating artists do not have to live or work in these communities in order to join our association. We have numerous artists who would happily share their studio space with those living outside our East Boulder County boundaries.
Our geographic boundaries for the studio tour are:
North: Hwy 66
East: to and including Erie
West: 75th Street
New member applications are always accepted. The Jury is comprised of existing members. Selection is based on a combination of factors including condition of images submitted, quality and originality of work, willingness to participate in educational outreach, and commitment of time to committee work and fundraising efforts. Prospective members should make sure they apply in time to be included in the marketing materials for the next tour.
Downloads for New Artists:
- Becoming a member of EBCA allows you to join a thriving artistic community, where you can exchange skills, ideas and inspiration.
- Your work is promoted on our website and through our marketing and advertising. You will also develop your individual marketing and business skills.
- Your voluntary participation in our Studio Tour will increase your sales. You will also gain access to information about other local art events.
- EBCA has an active outreach program and you will be able to volunteer to share your talent and vision with a variety of under-served communities.
- The members of EBCA take a leadership role in the promotion of local art in the Boulder County area networking with a variety of businesses and individuals that support the local arts.
Expectations of the Artist
- Membership Dues: $125 tour fee per yearly Studio Tour (non-refundable upon acceptance). Members in good standing may request a non-tour with volunteer hours membership ($75) or a non-tour without volunteer hours membership ($125) or a tour without volunteer hours ($225). Tour fees/dues for the next year are payable by Jan. 31.
- Commitment to reading the monthly "Member News" and optional attendance at social member gatherings; committees meet on their own individual schedules.
- Minimum 5 volunteer hours per year (we are a volunteer-run organization)
- Committee Work (see Volunteer Positions page for categories)
Member Artist Testimonials
"Because my art was displayed on the EBCA website, an art consulting firm saw my work when they were web surfing looking for new artists. They contacted me and asked if they could represent me and now they are showing my work to many of their commercial and residential clients. They just landed a $2800 commission for me from a law firm in Lodo - all because of my images displayed on the EBCA website." ~ Jane Yamada, Mixed Media Collage
"When I first joined EBCA in 2004, my sole intention was to promote my artwork. I had a very limited vision of what my membership in EBCA would eventually teach me. As a volunteer run organization, it is true that EBCA asks a lot of its members. While my initial instinct was to resist the requests for service, I slowly relinquished my hesitancy (faced my fears) and allowed myself to step up to the various challenges. The rewards were completely unexpected! It is because of my membership in EBCA that I am now a leader in the local arts community. EBCA has taught me the skills to be able to collaborate with other artists to open the first member owned art gallery co-operative in Lafayette. My artwork is thriving and my art business is better than I ever imagined! I continue to be committed to EBCA and the work they do to promote the visual arts (and artists) in our East Boulder communities." ~ Jocelyn Hunter, Silver Jewelry
"I joined EBCA to participate in an open studio tour, to share my passion and sell some ceramics. Over the years, a number of galleries have contacted me about carrying my work, I’ve also been contacted to participate in many other exhibits, received calls for orders based on what people see on the EBCA website. Through my membership I’ve become more dialed into regional art scene and have been contacted to head up several large school-wide ceramic projects as well. I have participated in many outreach activities with EBCA including workshops with kids at preschool and elementary level, several of which resulted in permanent art installations. I have also worked with under-served children through Project YES which was an incredible experience for me. The kids took such ownership of the project it was amazing.
As member artists I think we’re building EBCA as a solid entity in our communities, slowly more and more people are knowing who we are and what we’re about. The EBCA studio tour is incredibly rewarding for me because I teach, interact and serve as a resource for people who come to my studio. Being an EBCA member has taught me a lot about non-profit management and volunteerism. I am an EBCA member because the organization is an important community resource, I feel it’s needed in our communities, I enjoy the community of artists, it adds to my purpose on this planet." ~ Rita Vali, Ceramics
"What I have learned from other artists in the group has been a sense of perspective; their view of a different concept. As President of the group for seven years and founder of the organization, it was necessary to have a certain vision of what the goals were to be, and it turned out to be extremely useful to be open to different frames of reference." ~ David Beumee, Pottery, EBCA Founder
The Application Process
Selection for new members is decided by jury based on a combination of factors including:
♦ Condition of images submitted
♦ Quality and originality of work
♦ Commitment of time to committee work since we are a volunteer-run organization
Applications are always accepted. Prospective members should make sure they apply in time to be included in the marketing materials for the next tour.
You must complete this online application in one sitting. You cannot save your application and return to it later. Please prepare the following BEFORE completing this online application.
♦ Artist Statement
♦ 5 images of your artwork completed within the last year (2MB max for each image)
♦ Membership Dues: $125 tour fee per yearly Studio Tour (non-refundable upon acceptance). Members in good standing may request a non-tour with volunteer hours membership ($75) or a non-tour without volunteer hours membership ($125) or a tour without volunteer hours ($225). Tour fees/dues for the next year are payable by Jan. 1.
♦ Volunteer 5 hours during the year
♦ Educational outreach within the community
♦ Becoming a member of EBCA allows you to join a thriving artistic community, where you can exchange skills, ideas and inspiration.
♦ Your work is promoted on our website and through our marketing and advertising. You will also develop your individual marketing and business skills. Your web page can contain as much or little information as you wish.
♦ Your participation in our Studio Tour will increase your sales. You will also gain access to information about other local art events.
♦ You get automatic entry into the EBCA holiday show and a discounted participation fee.
♦ We provide our members with financial benefits including access to low cost credit card services. We have already done all the setup for you.
♦ EBCA has an active outreach program and you will be able to volunteer to share your talent and vision with a variety of underserved communities.
♦ The members of EBCA take a leadership role in the promotion of local art in the Boulder County area networking with a variety of businesses and individuals that support the local arts.
While our Studio Tour takes place in Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Erie and Longmont, participating artists do not have to live or work in these communities. However, member artists are required to show their work during the studio tour within our geographic boundaries. EBCA has numerous artists who will happily share their studio space with those living outside our East Boulder County boundaries.
- Our geographic boundaries for the studio tour are:
- North: Hwy 66
- South: Superior
- East: to and including the town of Erie
- West: 75th Street
Meetings & Social Events
EBCA members are updated on a monthly basis via an electronic e-newsletter, "EBCA Member News". These newsletters cover various aspects of planning for the Tour, outreach activities and other shows. There are three required all member meetings during the year. Once a month there are optional social and/or business of art gatherings which provide an opportunity to socialize and allow artists to share their craft and experiences with the group. Members will also meet regularly with their volunteer committees. The EBCA Board meets when appropriate, sometimes on a monthly basis. All artists are welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings.
As a small, volunteer non-profit organization, we are dependent upon the financial support of local individuals, businesses and corporations as well as community foundations and grants.
A Word About Email
Group communications throughout the year take place largely via email and at the general meetings. We require that all members have an active email address (one that is checked at least weekly). Make sure that firstname.lastname@example.org is not blocked by your system.
The success of our Tour is dependent upon the talents of our members. In addition to meetings, each member agrees to contribute a minimum 5 volunteer hours per year. Members will be placed into interest based committees, and have opportunity to choose specific volunteer jobs at our first General Meeting in September.