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Curated by Sandra Poczobut

ART/TECH@STEAM invites artists working in new media to participate in a two-day art exhibition as part of the Railway City Arts Crawl in St. Thomas, ON, on February 23rd and 24th, 2018. The exhibit will feature eight artists working in media such as, but not limited to, installation, performance, participatory art, sound, code design, robotics, virtual reality, light, and digital painting. Innovative tech projects are particularly encouraged.

ART/TECH@STEAM aims to showcase a diverse number of works that highlight various new forms of art production and practice. Works may, but are not required to, integrate themes related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The call is open to artists/artist teams at all career levels, as well as students. A $350 stipend will be paid per selected artist/artist team to support costs of installation or travel or materials.

Artists must be present to assist in the installation of works on Friday, February 23rd between 12pm and 5pm and be present during the duration of the show to interact with the public on Friday, February 23rd from 6-9pm and Saturday, February 24th from 11pm-5pm. An after-party for the Railway City Arts Crawl will be held at the STEAM Centre with further opportunity to interact with the artist community.

The STEAM Centre is housed in a restored accessible heritage building which was formally the Wellington Street School. Please note works cannot be attached to the ceiling or walls, but may be projected, free standing and are otherwise open to creative set-up. Each artist will be allocated half of a classroom or a full classroom for work, dependent on scope and need of the project.


The STEAM Centre opened its doors in the fall of 2016 and has quickly become a hub of culture, innovation, and education. The mission of the STEAM Centre is to empower all learners and makers in Southwestern Ontario to create the future through play, ingenuity and exploration using STEAM learning tools. The Centre is currently home to the first project- based learning school in partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board, and offers opportunities and workshops in areas such as 3D printing, coding, game design, robotics, animation, and arts for learners of all ages. The STEAM Centre has attracted regional attention, and is home to a growing and dynamic community reimagining the landscape of culture and innovation. The STEAM Centre holds charity status and is supported in funding by the Government of Ontario, City of St. Thomas, and the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer.

STEAM driven learning calls for the elevation of studies of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics as an educational priority. By integrating art and design, learners cultivate the ability to be creative and flexible problem­-solvers, to explore different ideas, to recognize failures as opportunities for discovery, and to communicate well with others. With STEAM projects, individuals learn by doing ­ inventing, creating and designing – with the goal of building a sustainable, user-­friendly world.


About Railway City and Railway City Arts Crawl
The Railway City Arts Crawl is a FREE winter event celebrating local Arts and Culture. Set in various venues throughout St. Thomas, ON, a passport is given to participants to explore various sites and venues. Now in its 5th year the Arts Crawl has become a flagship event of a thriving arts community. Expedia has voted St. Thomas the number one small downtown in 2017, with the Arts Crawl referenced as the must see cultural event of the year.

About the Curator
Sandra Poczobut is a mid-career installation and performance artist and STEAM Centre board member based out of Port Stanley, ON. She has curated two previous shows for the Railway City Arts Crawl – Forest in 2015 and Le Papier in 2016. Both shows brought together new media artists working in installation, and enabled the public to interact with work in dynamic ways. Sandra holds a Masters in Fine Art Education and Curriculum Studies and is a champion for integrating the “A” into STEM through contemporary art practice. She has exhibited at The Elgin County Railway Museum, The Artist Project, World of Threads International Fiber Arts Festival, Elgin County Museum, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Interested Artists Please Submit:

  • A project proposal outlining the concept, including medium, materials, size and scope of project. Artists may include a concept sketch. For digital projects please describe technical needs (600 words or less).
  • Artist Bio (150 words or less – please include link to website, if available)
  • 5 jpg. images of previous work or 5 links to relevant works such as video/performance/stills/sound/interactive digital etc.
  • Selected artist will be asked to provide an artist statement to be included in Railways City Arts Crawl guide, and related publications
  • Files may be sent directly, or for large file sizes please send via Dropbox or file sharing software. Application packages may be sent to the curator with the subject heading ART/TECH@STEAM by Friday, January 5, 2018. A selection committee will be notifying artists by Monday, January 08, 2018.

Social Media

STEAM Centre:
Twitter: @steameducentres
Facebook: @steameducentres

Railway City Arts Crawl:
Twitter: @TourRailwayCity

Sandra Poczobut
Twitter: @SanSania

For more information, or questions about the submission process, please contact:

Sandra Poczobut
Curator/STEAM Board Member /416.428.5838





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