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The Art League welcomes artists of all backgrounds and experiences and encourages individuals working within a variety of traditional and contemporary practices to join. Artist Members move forward a nearly 100-year tradition and share history with Founding Members and other notable artists who value(d) the Art League as a place for community and artist collaboration.
  • Eligible to submit up to three (3) works in OPAL’s Juried Artist Member Exhibition (Fall)
  • Eligible to exhibit up to three (2) works in OPAL’s Non-Juried Artist Member Exhibition (Spring)
  • Eligible to have artwork selected for solo and group exhibitions at OPAL partner venues
  • Elevated presence through the Artist Members page on OPAL’s website
  • Invitation to submit information and images to OPAL’s bi-monthly newsletter, promoting participation in shows, awards, and special projects
  • Opportunity to be selected as a featured artist on OPAL’s website, including online portfolio gallery
  • Discounts for OPAL art classes, workshops, and entry fees for monthly exhibitions
  • Waived transaction fees for art classes and summer camp registrations
  • Discounts on Drop-in Figure Drawing and Figure Sculpting Sessions
  • Monthly newsletter with information on upcoming events and exhibitions, as well as member accomplishments
  • Additionally, all OPAL Members are invited to engage in special events, which include guest lectures on art-related topics, professional development workshops, and fundraisers to benefit building maintenance, educational programming, and student scholarships
  • Payment of annual Membership Dues – $60 (not tax-deductible)
  •  OPAL Artist Members will be asked to volunteer for various activities and events during the year and are encouraged to join a committee or serve for a term on the Oak Park Art League Board.  NOTE: Members can opt out of volunteering by paying an additional membership fee of $40; $60 Annual Membership Dues + $40 additional fee ($100/year)
  • New Artist Members must pay a one-time $15 processing fee + Artist Membership dues
  • Membership dues must be current to receive Artist Member benefits
  • Artist Membership is valid for one year and can be renewed.

HOW TO APPLY - New Artist Members

 On-Line: JOIN HERE!

  • Select level of Artist Membership from drop-down menu 
  • Complete basic membership information (name, address, phone, email)
  • Select volunteer interests (Not applicable for Volunteer Opt-Out applicants)
  • Complete short Artist Member questionnaire 
  • Choose areas of interest from drop-down menu
  • Create your Artist Member Profile - Bio, CV/resume, digital images, website. Note: This information is accessible to OPAL administration for use on Artist Member page on OPAL website.
  • Submit payment for Artist Members dues on-line by credit card through secure Club Express_OPAL portal.
By Mail:
  • Complete and print out the electronic application Artist Member Application, attach additional documentation (artist bio, CV/resume, high-quality digital images on disc), and submit all documentation and Artist Member dues via check to: the Oak Park Art League at 720 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 - Attn: Membership Coordinator.
In Person:
  • Gallery hours are Monday-Friday: 1-5pm, and Saturday: 1-4pm. Membership fees are accepted by cash, check, and credit card when paying in OPAL’s gallery business office.
*NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS If you are interested in a need-based scholarship in exchange for Artist Membership, please contact the Membership Coordinator at