Call for Submissions: Facing Forward, 2024 Juried Exhibition

Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at St. Lawrence College, Brockville, ON

Sine Lam, Symbolic Self-Portrait (detail), mixed media on paper

Call for Artists to Submit Artwork for Portrait Themed Juried Exhibition

In-person Submission Deadline: Saturday, July 20, 2024, 1 pm
Digital Submission Deadline: Thursday, July 18, 2024, 9 pm

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another to make a portrait of who they are.” – Paul Caponigro

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery in Brockville announces a call for artists to submit original artworks to Facing Forward: 2024 Juried Exhibition. This juried exhibition seeks to showcase artwork on the theme of portraiture.

Portraits do more than record the appearance of a person. They can tell a story about that person: their character, their passions, their experiences, their emotions, their strengths, as well as their struggles and their fears.

Artists of any level and creating in all mediums are invited to submit work that reflects this theme. All interpretations of the theme will be considered.

The exhibit will run from August 6 – September 13, 2024.


  • Works must be original and created within the past 5 calendar years without the aid of an instructor.
  • Any photos used as reference must belong to the artist.
  • All mediums are accepted and must be ready for exhibit:
    ◦  Sculpture must be sturdy and prepared for display.
    ◦  Paintings and photographs must be appropriately framed and wired for hanging.
  • Work must be clearly labelled on the back or bottom with title and artist’s name.

Entry Fee:

$35 per entrant – maximum of 3 artworks per entrant (non- refundable entry fee).
*The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery does not charge commission on works sold during exhibitions. All sales will be directed to the artist to secure.


Awards totaling $1000.00 will be presented to winning artists at the reception, Saturday, August 24, 2024, 1 – 3 pm.

How to Submit:

In-person submissions can be made at the gallery on Thursday, July 18, 2024, 5 – 7 pm or Saturday, July 20, 2024, 10 am – 1 pm.


Digital submissions can be emailed to before Thursday, July 18, 2024, 9 pm.

  • All artists will be contacted regarding acceptance of their work via email by Tuesday, July 23, 9 pm.
  • Accepted work that was submitted digitally must be delivered to the gallery before Saturday, July 27, 1 pm.
  • The exhibit will run from August 6 – September 13, 2024

Complete details and submission forms can be found on our webpage.

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Curator, Heather Savage

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The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the Brockville campus and is the focus of the visual arts for Brockville and the surrounding region.

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