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Twelfth Annual Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition. Presented by the Contemporary Art Exhibition Committee. Call for Submissions now open!

The Contemporary Art Exhibition Committee: The primary focus of this contemporary group is to hold an Annual Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition. The intent of the Contemporary Art Exhibition is to bring contemporary art to Kirkland Lake and the Timiskaming district with the participation of both local and international artists. The Exhibit has two components: 1. International guest artist(s) talk/demonstration/display and 2. A call for submissions from local/international artists as inspired by the theme. Every year we seek an international artist(s) whose work explores different media (painting, sculpture, drawing, or performance, etc., or a combination of them). The second major event hosted by the club is the Contemporary Art Fundraising Gala held in October each year.

Please read the Call for Submissions fully for more details.

Exhibition Theme: “Golden Reflections” As part of our Kirkland Lake Centennial year this call for submissions invites artists to reflect, in a poetic way, about personal, interpersonal, and existential journeys. Kirkland Lake’s 100 year history is intertwined with Gold, through the mining efforts in our community. Gold has come to represent triumph, wisdom, success, prosperity, spirituality and a deeper understanding of the self and the soul.

Submitted works will invite the viewer to explore and understand the artist’s journey from which they have emerged with a deepened life perspective and understanding. Viewers will experience that journey through their own eyes.

Milestones & life altering experiences such as immigration, marriage, birth, death, tragedy, joy, career success and achievement of goals are examples of ways to reflect on ones journey. These experiences give us the opportunity to look within our pasts, coming out enriched in order to continue on our voyage through life.

Pieces are encouraged to have a glimpse, streak or essence of gold represented
within them.

This is NOT exclusive to participants from our region.

Deadline for digital submission: March 2nd, 2019

Call for Artists Description: Artists of all stages in their career are eligible to submit, with no entry fee, contemporary artwork related to the theme “Golden Reflections”. All disciplines are welcome.

Categories & Rules of Entry:

  1. All entries are submitted digitally for the jurying. See Call for Submissions for details (entry form and selection process).
  2. 2 dimensional work - maximum dimensions 60 inches x 60 inches in size (including frame) and a maximum weight of fifteen pounds for wall art.
  3. 3 dimensional work must be able to fit through a regular single doorway (32 inches wide)
  4. Performance & Videos (Music, Storytelling, Dance, Theatre) - no longer than 5 minutes not including credits.
  5. An artist may submit a maximum of TWO entries per category (2D works, 3D works, Performance and Video). All work must be original, created by the entrant, not older than two years and not previously shown at the Museum of Northern History.
  6. All 2D & 3D works must be properly wired and prepared for hanging/displaying.

Should an artist choose to sell their works, a 25% commission is deducted from the sale price. See Call for Submission for details.

Exhibition & Awards:
The Juried Exhibition will be held from April 5th to May 4th with the Opening Ceremony and Artist Talk to be held on Saturday, April 6th from 1pm-3 pm. A maximum of three awards of excellence will be given as deemed by the jurors (listed in Call for Submissions).

How to Apply:
Artists should submit the Call for Submissions (entry form & digital entries) by March 2nd, 2019:

  1. Digital & video images about 1 MB in size and readable on a PC must be submitted to:
    Museum of Northern History
    2 Chateau Drive, P.0. Box 1757
    Kirkland Lake, ON
    P2N 3M7
  2. Entries must include a descriptive paragraph on the work. A current bio and C.V. (may be submitted by email)

Museum of Northern History
2 Chateau Drive, P.O. Box 1148
Kirkland Lake, Ontario
P2N 3M7
Phone 705-568-8800

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Facebook: @museumkl
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Twitter: @MNHChateau


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