Call for Artists: 2021 En Plein Air Competition at the McMichael


Call for Artists for the Annual En Plein Air Competition at the McMichael

Application deadline: Friday, August 20, 2021 at 5 pm

The McMichael is pleased to invite the community to join the 2021 En Plein Air Competition. With COVID-19 related safety guidelines still in place, this year’s competition will not take place over one weekend, as it did in prior years. Instead, this year’s competition will take place over the course of a longer period to allow for social-distancing while also providing artists with more time to work on their masterpieces!

As with previous iterations of the En Plein Air Competition, the McMichael is inviting artists to celebrate the legacy of the Humber River by responding to the natural and cultural heritage through art in two distinct mediums:

  • Works on canvas/panel
  • Works on paper

Successful applicants for the 2021 En Plein Air Competition will be able to return to the grounds over the course of a month to capture and share their unique vision of the Humber River Valley.

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Application Process & Requirements

Application deadline: Friday, August 20 by 5 pm

Please complete the online application form. Questions can be directed to

To apply, artists are required to submit the following:

  • Artist information and a short artist’s biography (100 word maximum)
  • JPEG images of a maximum of two completed examples of your previous works; 72 dpi, 1024 x 768 pixels; label image files with a number, your name and title of piece (ex. 01_JohnSmith_BirchTrees.jpg)

Successful applicants will be contacted by email on August 25 by 5 pm. Please note, the registration confirmation email will be sent only to successful applicants. Also, the McMichael is only accepting online submissions at this time. We thank you for your understanding.


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection that consists of more than 6,500 works by historic and present-day Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities. The Gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, L0J 1C0
905.893.1121 or toll-free 1.888.213.1121
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