Annual Art Acquisition Program
Art acquisitions and loan selections
People Choice Award
Since 1987, in support of our arts community, Strathcona County has issued an annual call for submissions from local artists. Submitted work is juried and pieces selected are purchased and added to the Art Collection. All submissions will hang in the Salon Series Exhibition at Gallery@501 from May 13 to June 19.
Donations to the Collection are also accepted, but they are juried to determine their suitability.
In 2003, high school artists became eligible to submit to the Collection. Since many young artists do not wish to sell their work, they have the option to submit their work for purchase, donation or for loan for one year. For these artists, this is an opportunity to profile their work, gain recognition and to build a portfolio for college or university.
Selected work is displayed in the Artrium of the Strathcona Community Centre for one year. After one year, work is distributed to public areas in Strathcona County buildings.
Submission process for adults
Detailed instructions for adults can be found in the submission package.
The submission form must be completed before you arrive at Gallery@501 to drop off your artwork.
Artist information evening
Learn more about how the submission, selection and exhibition process works! Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be virtual. To register and receive a meeting link, please email email@example.com
Submission process for youth
Detailed instructions for high school artists can be found in the submission package.
Non-resident artists who have a strong tie to Strathcona County and/or have contributed to the enrichment of art in the County and the larger arts community may apply for eligibility. The deadline for application is April 16.
Applications are reviewed by the Strathcona County Art Collection Advisory Committee. You will be notified of your acceptance or non-acceptance by April 22.
In order to keep our community safe, the following precautions are in place:
- Appointments are required for adults dropping off and picking up artwork – refer to the submission package for details.
- The Salon Series Exhibition will be available in a virtual format. The public may be able to visit the Exhibition in person; Strathcona County continues to align its COVID-19 response with the Government of Alberta.
- A reception is scheduled, but may be cancelled.
- Please refer regularly to this webpage for updates