Membership Levels

Members and Member Participation are the heart of the California Plein Air Painters (CPAP). CPAP was created for plein air artists who reside in California and who love to paint outdoors. We do not charge mandatory membership dues to participate. Instead, we encourage CPAP Members to inter-act across all levels of membership.

Memberships run on a calendar-year basis and are renewable annually.

Membership Benefits: The following benefits and privileges are available to all membership levels:

  • Eligibility to participate in Chapter and Group Exhibits
  • Eligibility to participate in Online Exhibits and Contests
  • Eligibility to attend Members-Only Events, Exhibits and Workshops
  • Eligibility to participate and interact with our online community of dedicated plein air artists where informative videos and discussions cover all aspects of painting.

There are a variety of memberships available — find the one that fits your needs and join us today!

Associate Members

Associate Members are the starting point for all Members. Associate Members reside in California and wish to be recognized as plein air painters. They want to participate in a wide variety of events and activities and have the opportunity to expand their artistic experience.

Additional Annual Benefits: Eligibility to participate in the Painting Ambassador Program.

Signature Members and Signature Envoys

Signature Members are the top tier of CPAP Membership. Signature Members are Painting Ambassador Members who have been elected to Signature Status by the CPAP Board and completed all other prerequisites required. Signature Members are well established in their careers. Signature Envoys are Out-of-State Signature Members.

Additional Annual Benefits: May use the CPAP Signature on their artwork; Eligible to participate in the Plein Air with Masters program; Eligible to advertise their personal events and workshops. Eligible to conduct CPAP-Certified Exhibits, Workshops and Events and have them Featured on CPAP’s website; Eligible for Jury Waiver in CPAP exhibits



Painting Ambassador Members

Painting Ambassador Members are Associate Members residing in California whose artwork has been selected by a panel of their peers as worthy of this high honor. Painting Ambassadors are on an active path towards Signature Member status. The number of Ambassador Members is limited.

Additional Annual Benefits: Eligible to become a Signature Member; Eligible to conduct CPAP-Certified Exhibits, Workshops and Events and have their content featured on CPAP’s website.

Patron Members

Patron Members are non-artists who wish to support CPAP and meet fellow patrons, art collectors and CPAP Members through participation in a wide variety of events and activities including exhibits and studio visits. This is our only "Paid" level of membership. A Minimum Donation of $50 is required.

Additional Annual Benefits: Special advance previews of prize-winning artwork in our variety of plein air exhibits and contests. Invitations to CPAP Chapter Exhibits.


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