The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is a national organization founded in Kingston, Ontario in 1941 and now headquartered in Vancouver. Nationally, The Federation of Canadian Artists was instrumental in the formation of the Massey Commission in 1949 and the subsequent formation of The Canada Council. In the west, the FCA established the Painting in the Parks programs in BC in the 1950’s, a program funded by Canada Council grants and copied around the world. Notable past Chairmen of the BC region of the FCA included Alan Edwards, B.C. Binning, Donald Jarvis, Gordon Smith and JAS McDonald. Currently, the FCA has nine chapters throughout BC and Alberta and a permanent gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver: Federation Gallery.

The Victoria Chapter, with 125 members from Sooke to Lands End, and from Mill Bay to Saltspring and the Gulf Islands, offers regular programs and workshops designed to raise artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of achievement. The Victoria Chapter includes notables such as Robert Bateman, Dorothy Oxborough, David Goatley, Catherine Moffat, Clement Kwan, Marcia Semenoff, Margot Clayton, Marney Ward, Peter Paterson, Mary Ann Laing and Anne Hudec.

Victoria Chapter FCA

The Victoria Chapter holds monthly meetings featuring art demonstrations, critiques, and guest speakers chosen for their expertise in the professional and technical aspects of a career in the arts. It offers workshops by outstanding artists, open to members and their guests.

Each year in the spring and fall, the Chapter holds a show juried by FCA signature members (those who have attained their ‘signature’ status by achieving and maintaining work of professional standard, are themselves ‘juried’ in to this status). Approximately 100 paintings are submitted for each show, with one third to one half selected for the show. Jurors look for the “wow” factor, good composition, mastery of the artist’s medium and technique, and originality of style. The result is a first class exhibition, varied in style and media, featuring the best works of 30 – 40 of the region’s top artists.

The Federation of Canadian Artists endeavors to provide artists with an organization through which they can share ideas, and learn and grow as artists.

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There are four distinct types of memberships within the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA): Supporting, Active, Associate Signature, and Senior Signature.

In all instances, Chapter members must also be members of the parent, or national organization, the Vancouver-based FCA.



PDFSupporting Membership Application Form 2016
A supporting membership is available to anyone who is interested in art and would like to learn more about it. The Victoria Chapter of the FCA is made up of a group of artists who meet regularly and have a focus on learning. Meetings provide an opportunity for Supporting Members to find mentorship, to learn from our demonstrations and critiques, to participate in our workshops and to socialize with other artists.

An FCA Supporting Member receives information regarding Federation events on an ongoing and regular basis, including a free subscription to Art Avenue Magazine. All Victoria Chapter members also receive the digital Grapevine with news of our Victoria Chapter shows and events, including shows and art related news from our individual members.



PDFActive Membership Application Form 2016
You must be a Supporting Member to apply for Active Membership.
If you’re an artist who is interested in participating in juried shows and honing your skills, then perhaps you’re ready to apply to become an Active Member. Active membership in the FCA brings with it notification of and the opportunity to participate in: juried shows in Vancouver and various Chapters, workshops, demonstrations and critiques, as well as show receptions and gallery openings. In addition to receiving ongoing information, Calls for Submission and Art Avenue Magazine, Active Members also have the option to have their website link displayed on Federation websites (both Vancouver and the local chapter). Perhaps, most important, it provides an artist with the opportunity to share ideas, learn and grow and to advance to new levels.

Our Victoria Chapter juries for Active status once a year in October, however, at any time during the year you can be juried through the Vancouver FCA.

Use of the AFCA designation
The use of AFCA after an artist’s name indicates that they have attained Associate Signature Membership status. Active Member status does not confer the use of any initials.

Signature Status
Once you've established yourself as a committed artist with consistent, superior ability you can apply for your Signature status. There are two levels of Signature status, the AFCA, or Associate Signature status, and SFCA, or Senior Signature status. Standards are very high for these levels of membership and jurying is done once a year in Vancouver, applications are due in February.
PDFApplying for Signature Status - 2015 by Jim McFarland, AFCA and Anne Hudec, SFCA
PDFAssociate Signature and Senior Signature Membership Application Form 2016
PDFComposing a Portfolio for Signature Status



Associate Signature Members, in addition to the benefits of Active Members, are granted permission to use the letters AFCA after their names and are eligible to enter the annual Spilsbury Medal Show. With recognition comes responsibility. Associate Signature Members are expected to maintain a consistently high standard of work and to perform “jury” duty for the FCA on an as needed basis.



Senior Signature Members are granted permission to use the letters SFCA after their names and are eligible to enter the Spilsbury Medal Show. Senior Signature Members, in addition to being expected to maintain a consistently high standard of work and participate in various forms of “jury” duty, are also asked to participate in the annual Board of Governors jurying and are strongly urged to serve on the Board of Governors, if possible.



Membership in the Victoria Chapter is $25/year - due in September
Cheque payable to: FCA Victoria Chapter
Mail cheque to: FCA Membership c/o Mary Conley
1-908 St. Charles St.
Victoria, B.C.
V8S 3P6

All Chapter members must also be members of the Federation of Canadian Artists national organization.

Membership dues of the Federation of Canadian Artists national body vary with the type of membership – they are due in December and can be paid online.

Click here for the FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (national) web site.

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President:   Carol Koebbeman

Past President:   Agnes Cornell

1st Vice-President: Vacant

2nd Vice-President:   Mark Cramer

Secretary:   Rose Tanner

Treasurer/Membership:    Barb Sapergia

Advertising:   Sharlene Lee, AFCA & Linda Darby

Standards:   Peter Dowgailenko & Mark Cramer

Show Convener:    Mark Cramer & (Vacant)

Communications Committee:
Website Liaison:    (Vacant)
Social Media:    (Vacant)
Grapevine Editor:   Rose Tanner
Art Avenue Liaison:   Rose Tanner

Workshops:   Marcela Strasdas

Demos:   Kathleen Manning

Refreshment Committee:   Shelley Wuitchik & Sheryl Fisher


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The Victoria Chapter meets at the Windsor Park Pavilion in Oak Bay, at 2445 Windsor Road. Meetings start at 7:00pm and finish at approximately 9:00 pm. Refreshments are served at all our Meetings. If there is something you would like to have as a demo or a presentation, please let anyone on the executive know.

Meeting schedule and details on our Calendar page

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