- Memberships -


Check out the benefits of membership in The [&] Guild!

Whether you're an artist, artist's benefactor, arts patron, or event sponsor, we've got a value for you.

*Fellow memberships are subject to portfolio review.
Please contact ampersandguild@gmail.com to request a portfolio review meeting!




The Fellow members have additional opportunities with the [&] Guild. They enjoy the same benefits as Creative members, but the Fellows are also able to request solo events and shows, receive full profile pages in the [&] Guild directory, are able to teach workshops at the [&] Guild Hall, and they are able to sell products and admission to events at the hall (as space allows) and online at ampersandguild.com/store. Fellow members are also eligible for the artist micro-grant program of the [&] Guild [to be announced once funding is secure], allowing them to request funds for necessary materials or other expenses related to completing and executing a project.


[&] Guild members must have a portfolio approved in at least one medium of art before upgrading membership to the Fellow level. Each medium must be approved before it would be included in the scope of work as a Fellow. For example, if an artist with a Fellow membership has passed portfolios for both painting and music, work in the medium of fiber arts would not qualify for the same benefits.

A portfolio can be submitted as a hardcopy or digitally. If submitting physical copies, such as a visual arts portfolio, playbills, published work, printed prose or poetry, a photography portfolio, a CD of music tracks, a DVD of performing arts, there should be three copies submitted for review. Any portfolio material that is easily distributed digitally, such as a USB drive or a link to an online resource or download, needs only one item or link provided. It is acceptable to submit a mix of hardcopy and digital materials, though it must be clearly communicated which elements are in which format.

Portfolios should be delivered to the [&] Guild Hall or sent by email to
gabriel@ampersand-arts.com. The review and response will be completed within 2 weeks of submitting the portfolio.


The portfolio should include three parts.

To start, please include your full contact information, which will be used to confirm receipt of the portfolio, as well as the result of the review.

The second item is an artist statement. This section should be around 400 words and address your positioning statement as an artist. This is not explanation for the body of work being submitted in the portfolio, but rather, it is an opportunity for a brief commentary on yourself, which might include insight into your drive as an artist, your reason for choosing the medium, examples of inspirations, your reason for wanting to become a Fellow member, or other information about your goals and motivations.

The body of the portfolio should include 10-12 examples of your best work. You may choose to not include any current projects and stay focused on what you consider to have been your best work in the specific medium (preferably within the last two years). Decisions are often made on the lowest scoring representations in your portfolio, so stick to the very top 10. All work needs to be titled.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have while assembling your portfolio for review. We are happy to set up a time to go over expectations and the process.


  • Printed or digital examples of your work
  • Playbills and programs
  • Summary details of gigs played
  • Creative writing samples
  • Academic writing samples
  • Certifications or awards
  • Promotional materials from events featuring your art
  • Artist resume (can detail multiple examples)


The portfolios of all media are weighed against the criteria below. It is not necessary for a portfolio to receive high marks in all areas; however, the portfolio must represent strength in at least four.

Presentation: The manner in which the portfolio and each representation of the art is presented for review speaks to the artist’s understanding of the medium, the audience and the skill of communication and curation. Whether fancy or simple, make it intentional.

Technical: An acceptable level of mastery of the artistic craft, especially of the fundamental skills, must be evident in the portfolio. As a Fellow, the artist is able to teach workshops and become part of a public representation of the product of the [&] Guild. A member must be able to demonstrate the necessary skill level to show, perform, and teach at the [&] Guild Hall.

Vision: The portfolio should reveal a sense of drive and vision. There should be no uncertainty that an artist is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the medium. The jury will be particularly interested in evidence that the artist is working at pushing boundaries and exploring new ways to express and appreciate the art.

Commercial: The extent to which a portfolio shows the artist’s ability to connect with a generalized audience represents the commercially viable potential of the work and indicates an ability to meet demands beyond fine arts patronage.

Academic: The material may indicate a depth and breadth of knowledge on the history, science, theory, cultural significance, etc. This criteria is of particular interest for Fellows interested in teaching at the [&] Guild Hall.

Consistent: The portfolio should have an intentional representation of skill and vision. It is difficult to give credibility to only one or two pieces that indicate a preference in style or voice, which may be quite different from the rest of the work. If you believe your portfolio might appear to lack consistency, please provide a short explanation in an additional opening statement.

Compatibility with Guild: The portfolio must be within the limitations of resources and investment by the [&] Guild. If a medium cannot be created, performed or taught within the resources of the guild, the portfolio will be refused. Such a refusal is no criticism against the artist but is a practical admission that the guild will be unable to deliver the expected benefits of Fellow membership.


A portfolio that is sponsored by another [&] Guild Fellow will be afforded a preference during the review, though this will not guarantee acceptance of the portfolio. Sponsored support of a portfolio should be communicated in writing and accompany the submission.



Patrons -


2016 Patrons of the [&] Guild

Curtis Hertwig
Louis Stavrides
Mark Thompson

Funds raised from Patron contributions are used to support artist projects and resources necessary to further their completion of exhibits, performances and installations.  Often, these funds are used to ease the expense of framing work, purchasing costuming, supporting necessary licensing and equipment, replacing tools, providing space to work, and funding education programs.  Visit our Patron Membership page for more details on tax-deductible contributions supporting the [&] Guild.


Benefactors -


Benefactors to the artists of the [&] Guild

Katie Angell
Celeste Balmes
Jessica Balmes
David de Posada
Peggy Elliott
Karen English
Meredith Hopps
Tim Madsen
William Sinski

Benefactors play an important role by purchasing annual [&] Guild memberships for artists otherwise unable to afford access to the full resources of the group studio and computer lab.  As a Benefactor, you can sponsor a specific artist or contribute to a general pool of funds that allow reduced-cost or free memberships for local artists.  Join the [&] Guild as a Benefactor today, through our online membership page, and make a real difference!

Community Partners -


Community Partners

  • Middle Georgia State University

Artist Grants Education Program

Macon Makers


Information on the 2017 [&] Guild Sponsor opportunities is listed on this sponsor page.