Call for Entry: Dog Days



Curator: Matthew Brower; Juror: David Liss
DEADLINE: Friday, June 26, 2020, by midnight
Online EXHIBITION/Art Book LAUNCH: August 14, 2020
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Be part of our ‘art book.’ All accepted artworks will be published online (+print) to showcase and share our love of dogs.


“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”

Following on its highly successful CAT Show of last summer, the Aird Gallery invites submissions for their upcoming exhibition DOG DAYS.

Jonathan Swift suggested that every dog has its day and the Aird Gallery is celebrating those days this summer. We have lived with dogs for thousands of years. Over time dogs have adapted themselves to our needs and desires and at the same time, they have been changing us – largely for the better. Our deep and complex relationship with dogs, on a personal, cultural, and biological level, has been an important subject for art practice from the beginning.

DOG DAYS invites entries of dog-themed work of all kinds from artists at all stages of their careers.

We are interested in works that explore dogs as emotional and physical supports, domestic companions, family members, mythic beings, and cultural symbols. We’re interested in mutts of all kinds as well as pedigreed pooches.

There will be prizes for the best in the show.


Matthew Brower is a writer and curator who teaches in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Developing Animals: Early North American Wildlife Photography and excellent exhibitions.


David Liss is a curator, writer and artist living in Toronto, Canada. He is currently Adjunct Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada, and was Director and Curator from December 2000 through 2015. Since August 2019 he is also Curator and Programmer for Arsenal, a privately owned network of galleries in Toronto, Montreal and New York.


UPLOAD ENTRY MATERIALS via the JOTFORM below. Please provide 300 DPI jpegs no larger than 1.5 MB with proper naming: last name, title, size (h x w), and year. Example: Smith, Dog Days, 12 x 13, 2020. The $50 entry fee is non-refundable and is to be paid when you submit your jpegs. Pay via online banking using INTERAC E-Transfer to This fee covers entry of up to two works per artist and helps our not-for-profit gallery create an online exhibition/art book. Selected artists will be notified by July 6, 2020. Aird will facilitate online sales and asks for a 30% donation to the gallery. The artist and buyer will coordinate shipping.