The Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association is a non-profit, aesthetically non-partisan, non-political and non-discriminatory organization of artists whose purpose is to represent the aesthetic standards and economic interests of visual artists.

Artists living within a 50 mile radius of Erie, PA who are interested in the aims and objectives of this organization and who meet the established aesthetic and/or achievement standards of the organization may be eligible for NPAA membership.


Voting for new members typically occurs in the Spring and Fall.

To apply for membership in NPAA, you need to fill out the form below and include:

  1. Your resume
  2. A letter of application that explains why you want to be a member
  3. 10 images in jpeg format that do not exceed more than 2,000 pixels on the longest side. For each image include the title, medium, and size of the work in the file name.
    Example file name for each image submitted:  Solitude-oil-14x18.jpg
  4. Once the application materials have been received you will receive an email acknowledging that your application and portfolio have been received.

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Requirements & Expectations of a Member in Good Standing

Being an NPAA member in good standing carries both privilege and prestige inside and outside the organization. Members in good standing may vote on new membership applications, in board elections, and on any other official business requiring a general membership vote. They may also serve on the NPAA board. In addition, members in good standing have numerous opportunities to exhibit their artwork in NPAA shows as professional venues arise inside and outside the region. They are also able to reach a wider audience for their artwork through the NPAA website which showcases the work of NPAA members to a global audience. Becoming and remaining a member in good standing is something strongly encouraged by NPAA.


Annual Dues:
Members $60
Friends of NPAA $35
Payment of annual dues:

Once voting has occurred and you are accepted as a member,a dues invoice will be sent to your email.  Members have 30 days to pay using the link and payment options provided in the email. If you become a member in the "Fall voting process", an invoice will be sent, and your dues wll be considered paid for the following year. If a member fails to pay their dues, they will be removed from the membership roster and can no longer participate in shows and other NPAA events.

Going forward, an invoice will be sent annually on March 1 and is due within 30 days of receipt.

If a former member wishes to rejoin the organization, they will be required to fill out the on-line application with their latest work and info. The board will review for re-accepting the artist. A full membership vote will not be required.

Other Expectations:

In addition to the requirements explained above, members are strongly encouraged to participate in the following areas:

  1. Assisting with NPAA exhibitions - This includes assisting with such things as gallery-sitting, installing shows or volunteering at openings as the need arises.
  2. Fundraising - This includes assisting in fundraising efforts, working in preparation for an event, or assisting at the event as the need arises.
  3. Committee work - This includes serving on at least one committee as the need arises.
  4. Attendance at general membership meetings, social events and special functions, such as our annual Erie Art Museum Spring Show award event.

Become a Friend of the NPAA

Generally, Friends of NPAA are community members that support our mission but are not practicing artists. Becoming a Friend of NPAA will help the organization in a meaningful way.

Please fill out this form as a Friend of the NPAA
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I agree to receive marketing and promotional materials
I agree to become a Friend of the NPAA and will be invoiced $35 in the coming days.