OCCCA is one of the longest running artist run co-op galleries in the USA


Artist Membership

Accepted members will participate in great shows with lively opening nights in a historic building under the auspices of a non-profit arts organization dedicated to excellence in contemporary art since l980.

OCCCA can only accept applications from accomplished artists with a desire to participate in a historic long-range vision of Orange County’s future impact as a world-class art hotspot.

Prospective candidates must have an interest in shaping contemporary culture. Prospective candidates must have exciting work to show, and the time and energy to participate in a dynamic, multi-faceted organization of dedicated artists who expect a high degree of camaraderie and commitment.

Contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, film, video, new media, performance art and experimental new genres are welcome to apply.

OCCCA thrives in the spirit of voluntarism. OCCCA directors receive no salary. This is a pure grassroots organization that works on the passion and creativity of its members, who are artists themselves. Therefore by being a member you are an active participate in its vision and future. We are not beholden to anyone but our standards and community.

Submission Process to Join OCCCA

Phase 1

Submit by e-mail to 

1. Three (3) images of current work (1280 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi) 
 * Format the file names with (FirstName_LastName_Title.jpeg)

2. Include a brief description of your artwork

3. Include an exhibition Resumé

4. Include a website link of your work

5. Send a $30.00 application fee via PayPal to
(If you are accepted as a member this fee will go towards your first month of dues)

or mail your check to:
OCCCA / New Member Submission 
117 North Sycamore St 
Santa Ana, CA 92701 USA     
E-mail your submission here   
   *** Please put in subject line: New membership submission [your name, date] 

Phase 2

Upon review of your submission, the membership will decide if  more
information is needed, or decline your application.

If the membership majority approves of your submission, we will ask for you to present your work in person, and to discuss yourself and your work with the current membership.

Phase 3

After your presentation, the membership will take a vote to determine whether or not to accept you as an artist member. The first three months serve as a probation period to determine if the gallery is a good fit for you and you've proven to be a quality proactive member.


Artist Level Basic Duties:

  1. Monthly member dues $40
  2. Belong to two committees
  3. Participate in installing of exhibitions
  4. Attend monthly meetings
  5. Attend exhibition opening receptions
  6. Sit the gallery during open hours

Artist Level Basic benefits

  1. Can Vote
  2. Participate in all group member shows
  3. Enter juried shows for free
  4. Solo shows (two members plus guest artist)
  5. Retain 100% of artwork sold at OCCCA
  6. Free entrance to OCCCA sponsored events
  7. Curation opportunities



Friends of OCCCA

Individuals from any background that want to support a gallery, through volunteerism, donations, ideas and dialogue.

Working under the supervision of the Directors, Friends of OCCCA will assist with the weekly tasks that culminate in the gallery's exhibitions, programs and special events. The Gallery offers the chance for individuals to learn thr various tasks in running a gallery to volunteering their time and expertise to further OCCCAs mission.

  1. No fees/dues
  2. Can participate in meetings
  3. Non-voting

Areas of Concentration

  • Fundraising
  • Graphic Design and Marketing
  • Exhibitions
  • Special Events
  • Art Education
  • Not listed? Let us know your interest!

Application form


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