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You’re 3 steps away from membership.  

Membership is free and joining can happen in 3 steps:

1

PREPARE

Read our membership guidelines and jury criteria for information on how to complete your application. 

Gather basic information about your business:
– Name/Title
– Physical location (if your business is open to the public)
– Description
– Website URL
– Profile image or logo
– Link to a digital portfolio
– Hours of operation (if your business is open to the public)
– Social media handles
Additional Resources are available on this page, including membership guidelines, “how to” guidelines and overviews of each artisan type. 

2

APPLY

Find your artisan type below, and select “Apply Now” to begin the process.  Upon submitting your application you will pay the applicable jury fees by credit card, $20 per review session, with a maximum of (3) mediums, products or services being reviewed. 

3

WAIT

Yep, you’ll need to wait until the next jury review selection is complete, and you will receive notification via email. 

Creative Maker Artisan Categories

Creative individuals living and working in the counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds are encouraged to apply for membership in the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. Juried Artisans in the Cooperative are self-categorized. No matter what term you choose, it’s about the creative genius of residents who are passionate about what they create, who appreciate all things local, and who want to reach a broader audience.
There are two levels of Juried Artisans, Basic Membership and Professional Artisan, and three categories of artisans are eligible: visual, craft and food. Basic Members are those who are admitted with a jury score between 100-300 and Professional Artisans are those who are admitted with a jury score above 301.

Whether working on a small canvas or the side of a building, the creative spirit and artistic output are what qualify artists in this category. If you primarily use materials sourced in the PA Wilds, and your art has practical or function value, you may opt to apply as a Craft Artist.

EXAMPLES: Painting, sculpting, photography, jewelry, fiber art, and more.

APPLY NOW AS A VISUAL ARTISANQUESTIONS TO EXPECT WHEN APPLYING
VISUAL ARTISAN SPECIFICATIONS

• Include only work or products that have been created within the past three years.
• Submit images of a cohesive, significant body of work, rather than a diverse range.
• Include multiple images of works created in a particular medium or using similar technique.
• Digitally created or manipulated work must be derived from the artist’s original work.
• Show both the whole works and detailed close-ups (at least one detail shot must be included.)
• Curate your jury exhibit. Pieces should work together and complement each other to clearly represent your essence as an artist.

VISUAL ARTISAN RESTRICTIONS

• Items purchased and decorated, or items created by combining purchased commercial objects are not eligible, unless commercial objects play a subordinate role.
• Artwork created under the supervision of an instructor within an undergraduate or graduate degree program is not eligible.
• Appropriated images are prohibited (e.g., digital Clip-art, downloaded paintings, drawings, etc.).
• Artwork and crafts identified as Native American but not made by native Americans are not eligible, as stated in The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644).

Artists who use materials found or grown in the region may choose to apply in this category, which is characterized by transforming material and capturing beauty, not only in visual appeal but also through form and function.

EXAMPLES: Folk art, wood carving, pottery, knitted and crocheted wearables, and more.

APPLY NOW AS A CRAFT ARTISANQUESTIONS TO EXPECT WHEN APPLYING
CRAFT SPECIFICATIONS

• Include only work or products that have been created within the past three years.
• For each area endeavor, select up to ten images that best reflect the spirit of your work.
• Show both the whole works and detailed close-ups (at least one detail shot must be included.)

CRAFT ARTISAN RESTRICTIONS

• Items purchased and decorated, or items created by combining purchased commercial objects are not eligible, unless commercial objects play a subordinate role.
• Candles made of petroleum bases like paraffin are prohibited (beeswax is permitted).
• Insect repellents are not within the program’s scope, even when made from natural ingredients.
• Currently, products such as soaps and personal care items which are primarily used cosmetically are admitted on an extremely limited basis.

The nature and process of transformation are what qualify a food product for jury sessions. The key factors are added value, scale of production, and technique or methods. These points of evaluation can reflect a special concern for quality or preservation of traditional ways. Food enterprises apply at the Artisan level unless classified by the state as Retail Food facilities.

EXAMPLES: Sap into syrup; milk into cheese; meat into sausage; fruit into jam, etc.

APPLY NOW AS A FOOD ARTISANQUESTIONS TO EXPECT WHEN APPLYING
FOOD ARTISAN SPECIFICATIONS

• Images must represent foods currently available or recent seasonal offerings (within one year).
• Show both the whole works and detailed close-ups (at least one detail shot must be included.)
• If you sell retail, include at least one image that shows label and/or packaging clearly and legibly.
• Include images that best reflect the spirit of your artisan endeavor.
• Include at least one image of the setting and/or production activity related to your product (limit four). Especially useful for juries are images that show the method or scale of production.

FOOD ARTISAN RESTRICTIONS

• Food artisans, producers and retail food facilities must comply with all PA Department of Agriculture guidelines, as well as applicable state and local regulations. Applicants must have the necessary permits/licenses in hand, before submitting an application to the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
• Food retail and/or wholesale operators, and their employees, must be in compliance with applicable provisions of the Federal Food Safety Act, the Retail Food Facility Safety Act and requirements referenced at the PA Dept of Agriculture site (agriculture.pa.gov).

Businesses and individuals that provide a professional creative service. Creative Service Partners require a jury score of 301 or more.

EXAMPLES: Writers, graphic designers, film studios, web developers, public relations agencies, architects, licensees, print shops, musicians and more.

APPLY NOW AS A CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PARTNER QUESTIONS TO EXPECT WHEN APPLYING
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PARTNER SPECIFICATIONS

• Include only work, publications, or products that have been created within the past three years.
• Submit images or publications that represent a cohesive, significant body of work, rather than a diverse range.
• Include multiple publication files or images of works created in a particular medium or using similar technique.
• Digitally created or manipulated work must be derived from the artist’s original work.
• Show both the whole works and detailed close-ups (at least one detail shot must be included.)
• Curate your jury exhibit. Pieces should work together and complement each other to clearly represent your essence as an artist.

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PARTNER RESTRICTIONS

• Items purchased and decorated, or items created by combining purchased commercial objects are not eligible, unless commercial objects play a subordinate role.
• Artwork created under the supervision of an instructor within an undergraduate or graduate degree program is not eligible.
• Appropriated images or publications are prohibited (e.g., digital Clip-art, downloaded paintings, drawings, copyrighted literature, etc.).
• Artwork and crafts identified as Native American but not made by native Americans are not eligible, as stated in The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644).

Learn more: Review our Member Guidelines and participation requirements.

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That’s why our PA Wilds Conservation Shops source from juried makers in
the Wilds Cooperative. Interested in the process?

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