Call for Entry: Drawing 2021


John B. Aird Gallery gentle reminder


JURORS: Steve Khan and Neda Omidvar

DEADLINE: Sunday, January 24, 2021, by midnight

Be part of our online exhibition and ‘art book.’ All accepted drawings will be included in an online slide show and publication.

This year we are celebrating the 22nd edition of this annual juried exhibition showcasing drawings by contemporary Canadian artists. For this exhibition, a drawing is defined as an art form used either to create a finished work of art or draft ideas that are further developed in other media. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing materials, techniques, and practices.

Neda Omidvar is the Gallery Director of Barbara Edwards Contemporary. The Toronto-based gallerist brings a decade of experience within the commercial art world to her curatorial posting by managing and overseeing the implementation of exhibitions, facilitating client relations, coordinating logistics of public programming and art fairs, conducting artist studio visits, mentoring interns, and developing artist careers through curatorial projects.

Steve Khan was born in Vancouver, and now lives and works in Toronto and Montreal. He enjoys using humor to make people feel more comfortable about sexuality, race, and gender. He acknowledges that this does tend to reposition those with the privilege to experience what it’s like to be without it. He works with text, drawing, and video.

With a joint Art and Art History program graduate from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College and Khan has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and the United States. Learn more at Follow: @stevekhansays

The John B. Aird Gallery,, commonly referred to as “The Aird”, is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable public gallery that showcases contemporary visual artists. It was named in honor of the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1980-1985), John Black Aird, because of his support for the creation of the Gallery and for excellence in the visual arts. The Aird provides an inviting space for both emerging and seasoned artists, exhibiting up to 500 artists per year. The mission of the Gallery is to offer a generous, safe contemporary art exhibition space where visual culture can be shared and explored by an audience as diverse as its makers.

UPLOAD ENTRY MATERIALS via SUBMISSION page JOTFORM found here. Please provide 300 DPI jpegs no larger than 1.5 MB with proper naming: last name, title, size (h x w), and year. The $50 entry fee is non-refundable and is to be paid when you submit your jpegs. 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 the week of February 1st. Aird will facilitate online sales and asks for a 30% donation to the gallery. The artist and buyer will coordinate shipping.

Entry Details found here

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Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1G6
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