Membership a Jerome Coop

Jerome Artist' Cooperative LLC

Membership

Thank  you for your interest in the Jerome Artists Cooperative LLC. This page  is for artists who may be interested in becoming members in our  organization and showing in our gallery. Before reading further, please  be aware that membership is only open to artists living and working in the Jerome area,  this includes Jerome, Sedona, Prescott and the Verde Valley.  Applications from outside this geographic area will not be considered.  Please see the Eligibility section below for more information.

As  the name implies, our gallery is owned and operated by the intrepid  artists and craftspeople who show here. We started the business in 1996  in order to provide a badly needed venue for local artists. Since then  the gallery has exceeded all expectations for growth and profitability  and the future looks ever brighter. But before you cast your lot in with  us you'll probably want to know...


How it Works

If you've never been involved with a cooperative before, here's a little run down on how the monster functions:

A  cooperative is basically business by democracy, and as impossible as  that may sound, it does actually work. The trick is getting the right  people involved who will do their part.

Our  business is an LLC (that's a Limited Liability Company) and is managed  by an annually elected committee nominated from among the LLC partners  and overseen by a salaried manager who is also an LLC partner.

The  day to day business of the gallery is handled by various committees  that take on everything from advertising to housekeeping. Active  participation by all members in one or more committees is essential to  the continued success of our gallery.

New  members are required to undergo a six-month probationary period, at the  end of which they may be invited to join the LLC. If they choose not to  join at that time, their cooperative membership will continue as before  but they will not be eligible to serve on the Jury or Management  Committees, nor will they receive any disbursement of LLC profits. They  will remain eligible to join the LLC from then on as long as they remain  a member in good standing.


Eligibility

If  you are a fine artist or crafts person residing in the Verde Valley you  are eligible to apply for membership. We showcase the work of local  artists who want to take an active role in the Jerome arts community. We  ask that you be the sole originator of your work, that the work be  original, recent, hand made, and different from other work that we are  currently showing. Partnerships and collaborations will be considered  under certain situations.


Getting In

Prospective  members must return a completed application along with 5 photographs of  their work. Please do not leave artwork at the gallery. Applications  without photographs will not be considered. If you have or need a  special display for your work (i.e. jewelry case, pedestal, etc.) please  ask for a copy of the floor display guidelines. If you have photos of  your display, please submit those with your application as well.

If  your application passes muster, the Jury Committee will then notify you  by phone of the next available jury date and time. Bring in original  work only when you come to be juried, plus any display information the  committee might ask for. Three to six pieces of your work ought to be  enough.

All  applicants will be notified by mail following the jury process and  accepted members will be taken through the steps of having their work  introduced into the gallery.


All We Ask

Membership  in the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is a privilege and as such  comes with certain expectations and responsibilities. This is a great  place to sell your work, but members must never forget that they are the  ones expected to keep the business running. Nobody else is going to do  it for you.

All  members must attend a monthly general meeting to keep up to date on  gallery business. In addition, members must participate in one or more  committees, which may require up to four hours or more of their time  each month. Think about where your talents lie and what you'd like to do  for the gallery.

New  members are currently required to work 4 shifts (16 hours) a month in  the gallery, with an option to go to 2 shifts (8 hours) per month after 6  months. Space rental is based upon size and number of shifts you work. A  one-time, non-refundable membership fee of $100.00 is required of all  new members. For members joining the LLC at a future date, this fee will  be deposited into their capital account at this time. The Jerome  Artists Cooperative LLC receives a 20% commission on all retail sales  made in or referred by the gallery or its web site.

For those unfamiliar with the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, it is located in the old Hotel Jerome.

Download the membership application below.

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Download Membership Application

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