Call for Submissions: 2019 Ontario Juried Exhibition



CHATHAM, ONTARIO – We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 biennial Ontario Juried Exhibition at the Thames Art Gallery, open to professional artists living and working in the province. The gallery is seeking submissions in all visual media; each artist may submit online a maximum of two recent, original artworks completed between 2017-2019. Matthew Ryan Smith, writer and Curator of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford Ontario will serve as this year’s juror. Smith is a Sessional Professor of Indigenous Art at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, the literary editor of First American Art Magazine, and the Canadian section editor of the forthcoming Art Market Dictionary. He also sits on the editorial board of the Moving Image Science Research Group at Kiel University, Germany. In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture at Western University. Matthew has published extensively on art and visual culture in publications including Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Prefix Photo, ESSE Arts + Opinions, Briarpatch, Blackflash, C Magazine, Alternatives Journal, First American Art, Artinfo Canada, Magenta, ArtUS, Contemporary Canadian Glass, Visual Arts News, and FUSE.

The jurying will be a two-stage process. Preliminary jurying will be conducted through electronic submissions. Selected artists will be notified by email to ship the artwork to the Thames Art Gallery for final selection. A Juror’s Choice Award of $1000 will be presented to the selected artist at the opening reception October 25, 2019. Please find further details and eligibility requirements on our website. Do not miss your chance to participate in this esteemed province-wide exhibition!

Submission deadline is August 30, 2019
Exhibition runs October 25, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Opening Reception is Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7pm

Please upload entry form and follow the instructions found at our website:

Thames Art Gallery’s exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Thames Art Gallery is located at 74 William Street North, Chatham, N7M 4L4 and is open Wednesday to Friday 1:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Visit the website for more information. Admission is always free.

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