Frequently asked questions

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About Membership
About Paint Outs/Studio Sessions
  1. How do I become a member?
    Click on Membership in the Menu. Choose Join or Renew in the drop down menu. Pay the annual $35 membership fee online and download the application. Fill out the application and email it back to us.
  2. Do I need a PayPal account to pay the membership fee?
    No, you do not need to have a PayPal account. You can choose to pay through PayPal with a debit or credit card.
  3. Does my painting style have to be Impressionism?
    To be shown in MVIS exhibitions, no. It does have to be representational art though to be considered. For Signature and Master status, it is required.
  4. What mediums are allowed?
    As a painting society, only paintings are allowed to show in our exhibitions. These include; tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel.
  5. I do not paint en plein air, can I still join?
    Yes. The MVIS is not a plein air society. Studio and plein air painters are equally welcome to join our membership.
  6. I don't live in the Missouri River Valley Region, can I still join?
    Yes. Our membership is open nationwide. We've had members from as far as Florida, Texas, and California.
  7. How can I help with the organization?
    Volunteer. There are a number of ways to volunteer. Host a paint out to promote our organization. Assist with events. Help hang/take down shows. Deliver art for members. Let us know you want to volunteer.
  8. I paid my membership fee, but I haven't received any emails about news/events.
    Did you give us the correct email address? Have you blocked our emails? Check your Junk Email. Let us know, to see if we can fix it.
  9. How long is my membership active?
    Memberships expire at the end of the year. All members are encouraged to pay their dues in January.
  1. I am interested in hosting a paint out or studio session. What is the procedure?
    Just give us a date, time, location, contact info, and a brief summary of the area or what is being painted. We will send out the invite for you.
  2. Why isn't there a paint out near me?
    Paint outs are organized by our members. If there isn't a paint out near you, that means no one volunteered to organize one.
  3. Are the paint outs for MVIS members only?
    No. Part of our mission is to encourage others. Nonmembers are more than welcome to join in on our painting adventures.
  4. I organized a paint out and nobody came. Why?
    There can be a number of factors that cause this. Often times it may be because it was too last-minute. We recommend organizing painting events at least 2-weeks in advance so others can prepare. Another reason might be scheduling conflicts with other art/painting events in the area.
  5. How can I make my paint out(s) more fun?
    Over the years, our members have been creative with their paint outs. They have included weekend painting trips, campfires with potluck lunches, small exhibitions, competitions, dinners, and reenactments.
  6. Who organizes the paint outs?
    Paint outs and studio sessions are planned and organized by our members.
  7. Where can I have a paint out?
    Anywhere you like as long as it is safe and you are not trespassing. It can be a park, a farm, your backyard, at a winery, downtown. Urban or rural, you choose.
  8. Do I need to provide food/drinks?
    No. Some paint outs had potluck lunches, picnics, or dinners afterwards. Most paint outs, members pack/get their own meals.
  9. Can I have a paint out coincide with another event?
    Certainly. We've had members organize paint outs with local events such as beer walks, wine walks, art walks, art festivals, etc.
About Sponsorship
About Signature Status
  1. What types of events does the MVIS sponsor?
    The MVIS will only sponsor the types of events that help fulfill our mission. These events are painting demos, plein air painting competitions and our members workshops. Workshops must be in representational art.
  2. How do I get my workshop MVIS sponsored?
    Contact the MVIS Director of Marketing and PR. Brent Seevers [email protected]
  3. Do all sponsored events need to be within the Missouri River Valley Region?
    No. We do sponsor our members workshop outside our valley. Plein air festivals/competitions are required to be within our region.
  4. How much $ does the MVIS give as a sponsor?
    None. We are not financial sponsors. However, we can be promotional sponsors by promoting events through the MVIS network.
  5. Do I need to be an MVIS member to have my workshop sponsored?
    Yes. One of the benefits of being a member is that the MVIS will sponsor your workshops. Workshops must be in representational art.
  1. When can I apply for Signature status?
    After you've been accepted into 3 MVIS Annual Juried Art Shows. Have volunteered with the organization; or host a painting event (paint out or studio session); or taught an MVIS or MVIS sponsored workshop. Visit the Signature Membership page for criteria.
  2. I have Signature status in other organizations, does that qualify?
    No. You have received Signature status in other organizations because you have met the criteria required within those organizations. You will not receive MVIS Signature status unless you've met all the requirements.
  3. What do I need to do to keep my Signature status?
    Pay membership dues every year. Memberships expire at the end of the year.
  4. I lost my Signature status, what do I need to do?
    Reapply for Signature status.
  5. How do I apply for MVIS Master status?
    There is no application process. Master Status is the highest honor within the MVIS and is bestowed only by the Founders/Directors of the society.
  6. I fulfilled the criteria for Signature status. Why haven't I received it?
    Fulfilling the criteria is not a guarantee that you will receive Signature status. The application process does include an evaluation of your work by the Signature Membership Committee. This evaluation is the final decision maker.
  7. Is there an application fee to apply for Signature Membership?
    Currently there is not. The Signature Membership Committee has kept the application process, as well as annual membership fees, at no extra cost.
About Exhibitions
About Volunteering
  1. Are exhibitions open to nonmembers?
    No. Membership is required for participation in MVIS exhibitions.
  2. Does my work need to be impressionistic?
    No. Our exhibitions are more inclusive, allowing fellow realists to exhibit and a chance to win prizes.
  3. What mediums are allowed?
    As a painting society, paintings done in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. Drawings, photography, graphic art, etc. will not be considered.
  4. Does MVIS provide delivery?
    No. But we do have members who may volunteer to transport a number or artists work from an area. All participating artists are responsible for getting their work to the gallery on time.
  5. Why was my work rejected?
    Rejections are a norm and part of being an artist. They should not be taken personally. Acceptance and awards are up to the jurors we hire, and are based on the juror's taste, quality, subject matter, imaging, and the limited space we are allowed to hang paintings.
  6. Who judges the shows?
    All Jurors are hired outside the organization and are professionals in different areas of art. They've ranged from professional artists and art professors, to art museum curators and gallery owners.
  1. How can I volunteer?
    MVIS is run by volunteers. Members can volunteer with administration, exhibitions, providing paint outs/studio sessions, and MVIS promotions. If interested in volunteering, let us know.
  2. How can I help promote the MVIS?
    Host a paint out. Share events on social media. Invite other fellow like-minded artists to join and participate. Word of mouth.
  3. What types of duties are there for exhibitions?
    When needed: Transporting art work to and from exhibiting spaces for others. Unpacking art. Help hang shows. Assist with opening receptions. Take down art and repack paintings for shipment.
  4. I organized a paint out and nobody came. Why?
    There can be a number of factors that cause this. Often times it may be because it was too last-minute. We recommend organizing painting events at least 2-weeks in advance so others can prepare. Another reason might be scheduling conflicts with other art/painting events in the area.
  5. I am interested in an administrative role. Are any open?
    We will be looking into dividing some of our administrative tasks and adding people to the administration. Example: Membership, Show Chair and Show Co-Chair. If you are interested, let us know.