How to Join

The Providence Art Club thrives on and welcomes new members.

Membership in the Providence Art Club is restricted, by the Charter, to persons interested in art culture. Prospective members are introduced to the Club as guests at lunch or at social functions. Thereafter, they can be nominated for election to membership by recommendations of a sponsor and a seconder who have known the interested party for at least two years. Proposals for membership are submitted in writing, on forms available to members from the Membership Committee.

There are four categories of membership in the Providence Art Club: Artist Resident and Artist Non-Resident; and Patron Resident and Patron Non-Resident. Non-Residents are those living 50 miles outside Providence for more than six months of the year (persons living outside the 50 mile radius but working in Providence are NOT eligible for Non-Resident status).

Nominations for membership are presented by the Membership Committee at the monthly meetings of the Board of Managers. A motion is entertained to post their names on the Club bulletin board for review by the full membership. If there is no waiting list, the Board votes on the nominations at the next Board meeting.

Staging private events at the Club is an important member benefit.
Staging private events at the Club is an important member benefit.

How PAC Members Propose New Members

If you have a friend interested in joining the Club and taking part in its activities, some easy common-sense thoughts may be a help:

  • There are two kinds of proposal forms for new members. One is for Artist (Exhibiting or Arts Professional) members, and one is for Patron members. If the proposed member is nominated as an Artist member, he or she must submit artwork to the Art Qualifications Committee along with nomination papers. The work submitted should follow the guidelines which are attached to the application.
  • When you are proposing someone, make sure that you fill out the proper form completely and have the seconder do the same. To obtain an application, a written request must be made to the Executive Committee.


The Providence Art Cub enjoys year-round reciprocity with the following clubs:

Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Arts Club of Washington (Washington, D.C.)
Circolo Della Caccia (Bologna, Italy)
City University Club of London (London, UK)
Franklin Inn Club (Philadelphia, PA)
The National Arts Club (New York, NY)
St. Botolph Club (Boston, MA)
Salmagundi Club (New York, NY)
University Club of Boston (Boston, MA)

The Providence Art Club Reciprocal Privileges Arrangements:

Reciprocal club members have the ability to enjoy the private dining facilities and private areas within the Providence Art Club. To visit and enjoy the Art Club facilities, the Providence Art Club requires the following (3) arrangements be made per visit:

  • An advance letter of introduction from the reciprocal club to the Providence Art Club.
  • A reservation in the dining room. Reservations will be made on behalf of the member guest by the reciprocal club member services, and our General Manager will be made aware of the member guest.
  • Charges must be tendered upon time of service. The Art Club will accept major credit cards (no AmEx, no cash, no checks) for payment.
  • Reciprocal clubs may refuse to accommodate those without prior arrangement.
  • The member must be present to utilize reciprocal facilities.
  • Reciprocity privileges cannot be transferred to non-members.
  • Membership meetings and membership events are not applicable for reciprocal privileges.

Annual Dues and Initiation Fees*

Monthly DuesInitiation Fee

*There is a $75 quarterly Café minimum spending requirement and a monthly building assessment fee of $45. The initiation fee is waived for artists 35 and under.