The RGI’s

The award of RGI is made to artists for artistic merit and their dedication to the Institute.

There is a corpus of fifty such awards. Any vacancy is filled through persons being proposed, demonstrating work, and being elected at a specially convened meeting of RGIs.

The constitution mentions:

An elected RGI must be a member of the Institute
The member must have exhibited regularly
In addition to artistic merit the member has given considerable support to the Institute

There is also a category of Honorary RGIs:

The Rt Hon The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden KT DL FRSE LLD HRIAS HRSA
Sir Anthony Wheeler OBE PPRSA HRA HFRBS FRIAS FRIBA HRHA
Pat Lally HRHA
S Barclay Lennie
Eric Hagman CBE CA
John Byrne
Liz Lochhead

Abbreviations

RA Royal Academician
PRA President of the Royal Academy
PPRA Past President of the Royal Academy
HRA Honorary Member of the Royal Academy
RSA Royal Scottish Academician
PRSA President of the Royal Scottish Academy
PPRSA Past President of the Royal Scottish Academy
ARSA Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy
HRSA Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy
ROI Royal Institute of Oil Painters
RWS Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours
RSW Members of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
PRSW President of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
PPRSW Past President of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
HRSW Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
RI Royal Institute of Watercolourists
RCA Royal College of Art
ARCA Associate of the Royal College of Art
RE Royal Society of Etchers and Engravers
RP Royal Society of Portrait Painters
PRHA President of the Royal Hibernian Academy
PPRHA Past President of the Royal Hibernian Academy
RWA Member of the Royal West of England Academy
RGI Distinguished Member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
HRGI Honorary member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
PAI Diploma of the Paisley Art Institute
RBA Royal Society of British Artists
ARMS Associate of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters
RBS Royal Society of British Artists
ARBS Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
HFRBS Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
FRIBA Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects
ARIBA Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects