Local artists invited to submit artwork for consideration in Strathcona County’s Art Collection

March 19, 2021

Local artists invited to submit artwork for consideration in Strathcona County’s Art Collection

Local artists are invited to participate in the annual call for submissions for Strathcona County’s Art Collection. Artists (high school students and older) are encouraged to submit their work to be juried by an independent panel of artists and arts professionals. The jurors examine and select artwork for the County’s Art Collection, based on authenticity and originality, quality of materials, presentation, aesthetic quality, technical experience, craftsmanship, and overall success and effect.

“2019 was the first time I submitted my work to a local show and I was both the best in show and a purchase candidate,” says local artist Mike Sass whose piece Still Life with Lemons was chosen to be part of the Collection. “Don't be shy getting your work out there; people are curious and appreciative of your creations. This program exists for you, the artist!”

There are two submission dates, depending on age. The submission dates for adult artists to enter their artwork for consideration are Tuesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 2. Due to the current restrictions in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community, artists must pre-book an appointment to drop off their work. Students must submit their work prior to April 15 through the Art Society of Strathcona County’s Student Show.

All work submitted will be displayed in a virtual show and, if permitted, in person at Gallery@501 from May 13 to June 19. Visitors to the virtual show (and in person, if applicable) will be able to vote for their favourite piece to receive the People’s Choice Award. The artworks selected for the Collection will hang in the Community Centre’s "Artrium" for one year.

Strathcona County’s Art Collection began in 1987 and has grown from seven artworks to 370, including 47 by youth and 44 pieces of major public art. The collection includes paintings, drawings, pottery, handmade paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more.

Visit strathcona.ca/artacquisition or email artacquisition@strathcona.ca for more information about the Strathcona Art Acquisition Program, submission dates and procedures.
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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595