Allied Arts Council

AAC Standards

AAC Standards for Artwork

Quick Standards Summary


If you are interested in showing work in the Spruce Grove Art Gallery through one of our open calls or by becoming a member, refer to this document standard guidelines.


Evaluation of Art Presentation for New and Returning Members

An evaluation of how your art is presented for new members and/or members wanting to show at the Gallery, takes place on the first (1st) Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. Appointments for evaluations MUST be made through the gallery at least 2 days prior to the day of the meeting. There are no General Meetings July and August of every year. Three (3) framed or ready to hang paintings, or three (3) three dimensional (3D) pieces of art are to be brought in for presentation/evaluation. Artwork is accepted or rejected solely on its presentation, and not the status of artwork. Acceptable/Non-acceptable are listed on pages 4-6. New members who are successful in passing the presentation evaluation will be notified by the Standards Committee and may bring in artwork for display in accordance with the AAC polices.

Past and Current Members

If a person has been a member for some time, but has never shown in the Gallery, the artwork presentation of that member is subject to evaluation before being able to hang. Should a member who has previously hung artwork but has not hung artwork for a period of more than two (2) years, a re-evaluation may be required due to changing standards of which he/she may be unaware. If your membership has lapsed, you will be considered a new member and will need to adhere to the “new” member policies in regard to hanging of artwork in the gallery. AAC Standards Revised December 2, 2014 3 Should an existing member of the AAC want to enter artwork in a medium different to the medium originally evaluated, (2D to 3D or 3D to 2D), the new work must be evaluated by the AAC Standards Committee and/or an expert specialist in that medium e.g. jewelry, pottery.

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Only juried-in original art will be accepted in the following mediums:


  • Oil

  • Watercolour

  • Acrylic

  • Pastel

  • Pencil drawing

  • Ink

  • Mixed media

  • Fabric art

  • Batik

  • Encaustic

  • Collage

  • Silk painting

  • Sculpture in Jade

  • Soapstone

  • Marble

  • Metal

  • Wood

  • Clay

  • Pottery

  • Raku


  • artist-produced artwork using techniques such as Intaglio, Monoprint, Serigraph/Silkscreen, Relief, Cameo or Planographic Prints. (This does not include reproductions such as a gicleé or lithograph produced by a print shop). AAC Standards Revised December 2, 2014 4

  • Papier mache

  • Porcelain

  • Glass (Painted, Blown, Fused, Stained)

  • Other (original works deemed acceptable by Standards Committee)

Photography and Digitally Based Artwork.

  • The artist (photographer) must be directly involved in the creative process. This refers to all aspects of preparing to photograph a subject, such as equipment types (film or digital camera), lighting and composition. Images may be enhanced or altered using photographic applications; e.g. Adobe Photoshop. Photographs must be printed on professional quality support. Photographs must be displayed according to current Allied Arts Council standards. Where the artist utilizes a computer and imaging software (e.g. painter, Photoshop, alchemy) to create an original piece that may include elements that are traditional in nature (e.g. scanned paintings, photographs, sketches, etc.) or digitally created. The artist must be directly involved in the creative process and must not rely solely on randomly generated elements.

  • All artwork must be displayed according to current AAC standards.

Anything not listed here will be reviewed by the Standards Committee

Copyright infringement is the sole responsibility of the artist

Not Accepted:

The following will not be accepted:

  • Edition prints / reproductions

  • copyright infringement

  • dusty and dirty pieces