Join The Society

The Benefits of SILA Membership include:

  1. Illustration West Competition and ILW Web Site Annual: A guaranteed Call For Entries to the Annual Illustration West Show, a national juried competition. All accepted entrants will be published on our Illustration West website on As a SILA member, you are entitled to discount fees.
  2. Programs: Members receive advance notice of upcoming Programs. New Members receive a free entry to any one program for that member and one guest. Programs typically include well-known speakers, pricing sessions, portfolio reviews and workshops – and parties. Come meet your fellow illustrators, students, reps and art buyers.
  3. Discounts: A discount off ads on theispot and 15% discount on Yodelist database subscriptions.
  4. Web Sites: Members get their own online portfolio and contact page easily maintained by the member. Our website,, also includes the Illustration West Competition accepted entrants from the last 3 competitions as well as links to past exhibits from ILW 36 on.
  5. Air Force Illustration Program: The U.S. Air Force offers SILA members the opportunity to travel and illustrate the various activities of the Air Force here and abroad.
  6. Credit Union: As a member of SILA, you (and your family) can join the E-Central Credit Union (Southern California Central Credit Union).
  7. Job referrals and Membership Roster: SILA maintains files on member illustrators for job referral purposes. SILA Members will be listed in the SILA Directory, which you can use to help find answers for career-related questions.

How to Join

  1. Choose your Membership Category
    • Regular: Professional illustrators, animators, artists, etc.Annual Dues: $115
    • Associate: Art directors, designers, artist representatives, vendors, etc.Annual Dues: $115
    • Initiate: In preparation for regular membership - those who are out of school and/or do not have a professional portfolio. This category is limited to a maximum of 4 years.Annual Dues: $70
    • Student: Those who are currently students and have a sponsor to sign your application* or supply school information.**Annual Dues: $40
  2. Prepare 10 samples of your best work to submit for review, or a link to your online portfolio.
    • Digital Samples: Please provide a link to your online portfolio or submit your samples electronically with our online application.
    • Printed Samples: Tearsheets or prints may be submitted by mail.
  3. Complete the Application
  4. Pay all appropriate dues: Online Payment OR Check or Money Order - payable to: SILA P.O. Box 8143, Los Angeles, CA 91409

*Sponsors are only required for regular membership. If you need help finding a sponsor, just call the office and one will be assigned to you. The role of the sponsor is to facilitate portfolio reviews and answer questions. **Only student and intermediate applicants need supply school information – no sponsor or portfolio review is required at this time.


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  • If you do not have an online portfolio, please upload images or send printed samples with your dues payment

  • Not required if you have provided a website url. If you do not have samples of your work available on a blog or website, please upload 10 samples of your best work using the fields below. Please do not send large files or images at print resolution. All images should be 72 DPI with a maximum file size of 1 MB. Acceptable file types: pdf,jpg or png.

Dues Payment

  • Online Payment
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  • Check or Money Order - payable to: SILA P.O. Box 8143, Van Nuys, CA 91409