Local artists, public encouraged to participate in Strathcona Contemporary

April 5, 2024

Local artists, public encouraged to participate in Strathcona Contemporary Always Changing, Annette Sicotte, acrylic on canvas, 2022

Each year, Strathcona County supports local talent by purchasing artwork through its annual art acquisition program. Artists residing in Strathcona County, and those with a significant connection to the County, are encouraged to submit their artwork for consideration. The application deadline is April 15.

Submissions will be proudly displayed through the Strathcona Contemporary Exhibition at Gallery@501 from April 26 to June 22.

“Art is vital to a community. It expresses our essence, connects us and shapes who we are,” says Kris Miller, acting manager, Cultural Services with Strathcona County. “Strathcona Contemporary is an excellent opportunity for visitors and artists alike to immerse themselves in a diverse array of artistic expressions, sparking inspiration and fostering a collective spirit of creativity within the County.”

Strathcona Contemporary (formerly Strathcona Salon) is a dynamic, two-month celebration of local artists and artisans that features five social events and one amazing exhibition – all of which are free and open to all.

  • Strathcona Contemporary Exhibition: April 26 to June 22
    Visit the exhibit and vote for the People’s Choice Awards – the top three artists with the most votes will be recognized at the Artists’ Pecha Kucha event.
  • Artists’ Meet & Greet: May 4
    Meet fellow artists, art enthusiasts and potential collaborators. This afternoon event will be filled with art and conversation.
  • Youth Gallery Celebration: May 9
    This opening reception celebrates the artwork of the award-winning youth artists from the Art Society of Strathcona County’s 2024 Student Art Competition.
  • Artist Workshops (18Y+): May 25
    An afternoon of hands-on creativity with two artists featured in the Strathcona Contemporary exhibition. Pre-registration is required.
  • Arts & Culture Information Panel: June 1
    Learn about exciting opportunities available for County artists. A panel of arts administrators and community activators will share information about different programs, grants and resources for you to grow your art career locally.
  • Artists’ Pecha Kucha: June 7
    Seven artists from the Strathcona Contemporary exhibition will share their stories with the community and the annual art acquisitions (hosted in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County) will be announced.

Strathcona Contemporary welcomes all creators and community members to join this enriching celebration of art, fostering a supportive environment for growth and expression.

The annual art acquisition program is supported by the Art Collection Advisory Committee, a group of citizen artists, curators and professionals who guide Strathcona County’s permanent art collection and provide feedback on public art projects.

For more information, visit strathcona.ca/ArtAcquisition.




Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595