Artist Membership

OCCCA is one of the longest running
co-op galleries in the USA

Accepted members will participate in great shows with lively opening nights in a historic building under the auspices of a non-profit arts organization dedicated to excellence in contemporary art since l980.

OCCCA can only accept applications from accomplished artists with a desire to participate in a historic long-range vision of Orange County’s future impact as a world-class art hotspot.

Prospective candidates must have an interest in shaping contemporary culture. Prospective candidates must have exciting work to show, and the time and energy to participate in a dynamic, multi-faceted organization of dedicated artists who expect a high degree of camaraderie and commitment.

Contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, film, video, new media, performance art and experimental new genres are welcome to apply.

OCCCA thrives in the spirit of voluntarism. OCCCA directors receive no salary. This is a pure grassroots organization that works on the passion and creativity of its members, who are artists themselves. Therefore by being a member you are an active participate in its vision and future. We are not beholden to anyone but our standards and community.

What we are able to provide on a shoestring budget, rivials organizations with six-seven figure budgets.



Submission Process to Join OCCCA

Phase 1

Submit by e-mail to 

1. Three (3) images of current work (1280 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi) 
 * Format the file names with (FirstName_LastName_Title.jpeg)

2. Include a brief description of your artwork

3. Include an exhibition Resumé

4. Include a website link of your work

5. Send a $30.00 application fee via PayPal to

or mail your check to:
OCCCA / New Member Submission 
117 North Sycamore St 
Santa Ana, CA 92701 USA     
E-mail your submission here   
   *** Please put in subject line: New membership submission [your name, date] 

Phase 2

Upon review of your submission, the membership will decide if  more
information is needed, or decline your application.

If the membership majority approves of your submission, we will ask for you to present your work in person, and to discuss yourself and your work with the current membership.

Phase 3

After your presentation, the membership will take a vote to determine whether or not to accept you as an artist member. The first three months serve as a probation period to determine if the gallery is a good fit for you and you've proven to be a quality proactive member.


Artist Membership Basic Duties:

  1. Monthly member dues $30
  2. Belong to two committees
  3. Participate in installing of exhibitions
  4. Attend monthly meetings
  5. Attend exhibition opening receptions


Sustaining Membership


Contribute $45 per month, due on the 3rd of the month, or $500 ahead for the whole year. If a Sustaining Member misses three consecutive monthly payments, membership and all benefits thereof will be suspended.


    1. Name and website link on the OCCCA website.
    2. Free participation in member group shows.
    3. Waived jury fee for juried shows.
    4. Inclusion in artist pool for member exhibits (Affiliate Member may choose a Sustaining Member as his or her guest artist).

Sustaining Members are not required to, but are welcome to:

    1. Sit the gallery.
    2. Serve on committees.
    3. Attend membership meetings.
    4. Attend exhibitions.

Sustaining Members cannot:

    1. Vote.
    2. Be guaranteed participation in a member exhibit.
    3. Lead a member exhibit.
    4. Chair a committee.

Selection process:

Selection process will be the same for Sustaining Members as for Affiliate Members, so as to maintain OCCCA's reputation for quality contemporary art. This level of membership is open to artists living anywhere, including locally.



The OCCCA Internship Program provides real world work and learning experiences for college students in related fields of study, such as arts administration, art education, exhibition design, marketing, hospitality, communications, museum studies, event planning, and graphic design.

Working under the supervision of the Directors, interns will assist with the weekly tasks that culminate in the gallery's exhibitions, programs and special events. The Gallery offers the chance for students to build their resumes and receive letters of recommendation at the completion of a successful Internship program.

Internship Areas Of Concentration

1. Art Administration
2. Fundraising
3. Graphic Design and Marketing
4. Exhibitions
5. Gallery Management
6. Special Events
7. Art Education
8. Let us know your interest!

Internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer to coincide with the academic year. Positions are awarded based on the candidate's skills, abilities, interests, and perceived dedication to the program.

Interns earn college credit and practicum experience (as arranged by the intern with the appropriate college advisor).

Required commitment: 10-15 hours/month minimum

Eligibility: college juniors, seniors, and graduate students

Application form


Patron Membership

Membership levels are named after
Contemporary Art movements, in chronological order

All Levels and benefits are on a one year term basis, and are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.


Surrealism: $25

Free admission for one to one special event
Membership card:


Abstract expressionism: $50

1 free catalog,
Free admission for two to one special events
Membership card:


Assemblage: $75

2 free catalogs,
Free admission for two to two special events,
Membership card:


NEO-POP: $125

Donor wall,
2 free catalogs,
Free admission for two to two special events,
Membership card:


Performance Art: $250

Donor wall,
3 free catalogs,
10% off 1 artwork over $250,
Free admission for two to three special events,
Membership card:


Steampunk: $500

Donor wall,
3 free catalogs,
10% off 2 artworks over $250,
10% off 1 gallery rental,
Free admission for two to four special events
Membership card:


New Media Art $1,000

Donor wall,
4 free catalogs,
10% off 4 artworks over $250,
10% off 1 gallery rental,
Free admission for two to any & all special events
Membership card:


Virtual art $2,500

Donor wall,
Limited edition select membership artwork,
6 free catalogs,
10% off 6 artworks over $250
10% off 2 gallery rentals,
Free admission for four to any & all special events
Membership card:


Intervention art $5,000

Donor wall,
Studio visits,
Limited edition select membership artwork,
10 free catalogs,
10% off 10 artworks over $250
10% off 4 gallery rentals,
Free admission for six to any & all special events
Membership card:


Metamodernism $10,000

Donor wall,
Privite gallery walkthroughs,
Studio visits,
Limited edition select membership artwork,
25 free catalogs,
10% off artworks over $250
10% off gallery rentals,
Free admission for ten to any & all special events
Membership card:




Alumni Membership

Exclusive to past outstanding OCCCA affiliate members

Alumni membership fee:
  • $200 per year
  • (membership card will be
    mailed to you)  


  • Name on Donor Wall
  • Name /short artist bio and website link on the OCCCA website.


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