About the FCA Calgary Chapter

Welcome to the Federation of Canadian Artists Calgary Chapter (FCA Calgary). We are a collective of professional and semi-professional Calgary and area artists who meet regularly to share our love of art and art-making. We offer everyone the opportunity to learn and enhance their visual communication skills in workshops and demonstrations. We also regularly host juried exhibitions of members work to be enjoyed and purchased by the public at large.

Learn more about our parent organization, the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Our Current Board Members and Volunteer Committees

Our Current Members

History and Mission of the FCA and Calgary Chapter

Our Operating Policies and Bylaws


The FCA Calgary Chapter hosts several exhibitions each year where Active Members can present and sell their original artwork to the general public. All artwork presented at the show is selected by a jury of FCA members, ensuring a consistent and high quality of workmanship.

Learn more about submitting your artwork to a FCA Calgary exhibition

Our Next Show

Strathcona Community Centre
277 Strathcona Blvd. S.W. Calgary AB
Saturday March 28, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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The FCA Calgary Chapter hosts a number of workshops throughout the year. Workshops are open to FCA Calgary members and the general public. Our workshop coordinators work hard to find outstanding instructors who can help the membership expand their technical skills. Past workshop instructors include Mike Svob, Sandy Maudlin, Sarah Yeoman, Jane Davies, and more.

Upcoming Workshops

January 24 to 26, 2020 – Acrylic Landscape Painting with Randy Hayashi

February 21 to 23, 2020 – Making a Good Painting with Deborah Tilby

March 20 to 22, 2020 – Painting Loose and Lively Landscapes with Perry Haddock

April 17 to 19, 2020 – Contemporary Portraiture with Brian Smith

May 22 to 24, 2020 – Oil and Cold Wax Landscape with Laura Culic

Download a PDF copy of our 2019 Fall Workshops, or 2020 Winter and Spring Workshops.

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Making a Good Painting with Deborah Tilby February 2020

February 21 to 23, 2020 at Kensington Art Supply So many elements go into making a good painting and in this workshop we will cover as many as time permits, including composition, value sketches, black and white studies and blocking in with full colour. We will pay particular attention to making a good beginning. The …

Contemporary Portraiture with Brian Smith April 2020

April 17 to 19, 2020 This exciting portraiture painting course will develop your ability to capture the likeness of any model in acrylics or oils. Starting with an understanding of the shapes and planes of the face, portrait composition, value studies through to monochromatic paintings, you will advance to expressive paintings of the model in …


Welcome! The FCA Calgary Chapter offers two primary levels of membership: Supporting and Active. Every Calgary Chapter membership entitles you to attend chapter meeting with interesting presenters, demos, and other events and gives you great discounts on workshops. Only Active Members may participate in our juried exhibitions. Membership is a wonderful way to meet other artists and to keep growing artistically!

In order to be a member of the Calgary Chapter, you must belong to our parent organization as well. The headquarters of the national Federation of Canadian Artists is on Granville Island in Vancouver and that is also the location of our national gallery which has many different shows per year. If you are an Active Member you can submit your artwork for consideration in one of the shows, can win awards, titles and prizes, and can list your website on the FCA website. In addition, your national Supporting or Active membership includes a subscription to Art Avenue magazine, a biweekly e-newsletter and discounted rates on workshops, classes and advertising. The membership year runs from January to December but new members who join October to December will have their membership extended to the following year. Currently, at the national level, Supporting Memberships cost $65 while Active Memberships cost $95.

Joining the Calgary Chapter or renewing your membership is much easier if you have already paid for your national membership and have an emailed receipt saved on your computer. If you have not yet paid for your national FCA membership, please click on the appropriate button below to pay your national membership online:
Click here if you are applying for FCA membership for the first time
Click here to renew your national FCA membership

Here’s how to get the Vancouver receipt ready to be used for the Calgary online renewal process.   You will receive an email from the Vancouver FCA  with the receipt. Right click on the icon for the file and click on “save” and save it to the desktop where you can easily find it when you browse for it during the Calgary online renewal process. Alternatively, you can click on the receipt to open it and go to File>Save as or File>Save. If you find that too confusing, just forward the email from Vancouver to me at [email protected]

We hope you will pay for your Calgary Chapter membership online as well. Doing so updates your personal information and membership instantly. However, you may also pay by phone with a credit card or by lettermail with a cheque. Use the form below to contact the membership coordinator if you do not want to renew online.

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Contact Us

Monthly Meetings

Everyone is welcome to attend our chapter meetings to get to know our members and learn more about the FCA. We often have a painting demonstration or some other lecture of interest to new and established artists as part of our monthly meeting.

We meet on third Tuesday of every month from
September to May (Excluding December)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lakeview Community Association Hall
6110-34 St. SW, Calgary, AB

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