About Our Members
About Our Members
The Art Dealers Association of Canada Inc (ADAC) is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 1966 to support a wide range of activities, such as promoting Canadian art, and providing better documentation and educational opportunities to the public on the visual arts. ADAC is a national organization. Our association has over 90 members and is the largest representation of major private commercial galleries in Canada. Our dealers represent the country's leading artists.
The membership process for the Art Dealers Association of Canada is elective. Applications from commercial galleries and dealers of reputation and standing in the community are reviewed within the context of the membership requirements. The following are guidelines for membership as outlined in our By-laws:
1) Membership to ADAC shall be limited to professional commercial galleries and art dealers;
2) Applicants may apply for membership and be admitted upon fulfilling the following requirements:
Has operated a bona fide exhibition gallery and/or commercial business, open to the public during normal business hours and/or by appointment, for a continuous period of five years or more*;
Provides evidence of stability and intent (based on criteria such as exhibition policy, reputation in the community, bank or accountant reference);
Operates an ethical business generally accepted in the community;
Has a primary concern for the promotion of art and artists of merit in Canada and internationally;
Evinces a concern with accepting and promoting the basic mandate of ADAC, with particular regard to the maintenance of professional standards and ethics.
*An art gallery that has been in operation less than five years, and meets the criteria as specified above, may be invited or apply to make application to be admitted as a General Member of ADAC at the discretion and vote of the board.
To apply for membership, applicants should prepare a portfolio containing an artist roster, descriptions of the gallery, and exhibition cards along with three letters of recommendation from ADAC members. A letter from a bank or other financial institution is also required in order to confirm the gallery's stable financial standing. Applicants might also wish to include pages from their website. This portfolio will be reviewed by ADAC's Membership Committee and voted upon by the board.
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*Disclaimer: ADAC makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, in respect to any services provided by its members, including without limitation, as to: The accuracy, adequacy, completeness or reliability of any appraisals or authentication of artwork; or the merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to any services provided or goods provided by any of its members and results derived therefrom.*