Annual Art Acquisition program and Salon exhibition

Wheat field with trees
Early Wheat by Vincent Roper, 2018

Each year, a jury of practicing artists and County residents recommend artworks to be purchased for the County’s Permanent Art Collection.  

The Art Acquisition program takes place during “the Strathcona Salon”—a sweeping exhibition of the artists who help to shape the County’s artistic landscape. From this exhibition, eligible artworks are considered for County purchase. “The Salon" also features artwork by ten promising youth artists, selected by a jury during the Art Society of Strathcona County’s annual youth exhibition. 

"The Strathcona Salon" takes place May 14 to June 24, 2022 at Gallery@501



Artists: apply to participate

Review the guidelines and complete the online application form. All artists with a significant connection to Strathcona County are encouraged to participate.

Application deadlines:

  • April 14, 2022 - for artists living outside the County
  • April 29, 2022 - for artists living in the County

The online application form takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Before beginning, we recommend preparing a word document with the following items:

  • Contact information 
  • Artwork information (title, medium, size, etc.)
  • Artist bio (approximately 200 words)
  • Artist statement (approximately 150 words per artwork or series)
  • One quality JPEG image for each artwork submitted (cellphone photography is acceptable)
  • For artists who do not live in Strathcona County: a description of your connection to the county (approximately 500 words)

After submitting the online form, you will receive an email with instructions for submitting photos of your artwork.

Apply now

Access a fillable PDF version of the application form:

Annual Art Acquisition application form (1.1 MB)

Download the guidelines as a PDF: 

Annual Art Acquisition application instructions (319.3 KB)

General guidelines

    • Participants can apply using the online application form (a printable pdf form is also available by request)
    • Apply by these dates:  
      • Artists living outside of Strathcona County (non-Residents) – April 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

      • Artists living in Strathcona County (residents) - April 29, 2022, 11:59 p.m   

    • Artists will be requested to include one photo per artwork. Good quality photos taken with a cell phone are acceptable.     

    • Artists can submit larger artwork:  

      • Up to two 2-dimensional artworks up to a total of 28 square feet    

      • A series of two dimensional artworks up to a total of 28 Square feet  

      • Up to three 3-dimensional artworks, fitting within a 2.5 square foot area  

    • Artists residing within the municipal boundaries of Strathcona County  who are 18 years of age or older.   

    • Artists living in Canada with a significant connection to Strathcona County who are 18 years of age or older.  

    Strathcona County is committed to equity in the arts. With the intention of building a permanent art collection that is representative of our diverse community, the Strathcona County Public Art team and the Art Collection Advisory Committee is committed to addressing bias and improving diversity within our collection efforts. We especially encourage and welcome submissions from artists who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQ+, gender non-binary, having disabilities, or representing one or more of the diverse communities with which the County engages. We recognize there may be barriers for some when applying. If you require accommodations please contact the Public Art team 

    Note: Artists whose work was selected for County purchase in 2021 may participate in the Salon Exhibition but their artwork will not eligible for purchase until 2023.  

  • Artists who do not live in Strathcona County but have a significant connection to the area are welcome to apply. These participants will provide a brief description of their relationship to the area within their application.  

    The Art Collection Advisory Committee will review and evaluate responses with equal consideration given to: 

    • The overall impact of your contributions to Strathcona County: 

      • Have you ever worked or volunteered in Strathcona County? If so, for how many years? 

      • Have you made any artistic contributions to Strathcona County?  

      • Have you exhibited your artwork in Strathcona County? 

      • Does your artistic practice have a considerable focus on Strathcona County?  

    • The significance Strathcona County holds for you personally: 

      • Have you ever lived in Strathcona County? If so, how many years?

      • Are you an active member of a community or faith-based organization in Strathcona County? 

      • Are you an Indigenous artist whose homelands overlaps with Strathcona County? 

      • Are you an Indigenous artist with ancestral, traditional, or ceremonial ties to the area? 

    Applications from artists living outside of Strathcona County are due April 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m.  
    These artists will be notified of the Committee’s decision by April 20, 2022. 

    Artists are encouraged to contact the Public Art team prior to applying, especially if their connection to the County is not covered through the examples above.

  • Drop off your artwork to Gallery@501 during one of drop off times or arrange for shipping:    

    501 Festival Ave #120  
    Sherwood Park, AB   
    T8A 4X3  

    Artwork Drop-off Dates:  
    Thursday, May 5 – 3:00 to 7:00 PM  
    Friday, May 6 – 3:00 to 7:00 PM  
    Saturday, May 7 – 12:00 to 4:00 PM  

    Upon artwork drop off, a staff member will verify your application. Artists will sign an artwork loan agreement and receive a copy.  

    Alternatively, participants may book an appointment to drop off artwork. Contact Susie Winters to book. 

    NOTE: at this time, Strathcona County cannot cover shipping or delivery costs.

  • Pick up artwork from Gallery@501 during one of the pick-up times or arrange for return shipping. 

    Artwork Pick-up Dates  
    Saturday, June 25 – 12:00 to 4:00 PM  
    Monday, June 27 – 3:00 to 7:00 PM  
    Tuesday, June 28 – 3:00 to 7:00 PM  

  • Application deadline for artists living outside of Strathcona County – April 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

    Registration deadline for artists living in Strathcona County – April 29, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

    Artists’ Reception: Thursday, June 16, 2022  

    Exhibition Opening & Closing: May 14 to June 24, 2022

  • Gallery representatives may apply on behalf of an artist. Sales inquiries may be directed to the artist’s representing gallery. For more information, contact Strathcona County Public Art.  

  • A different jury is selected each year. Names are suggested by the Art Collection Advisory Committee and by members of the Recreation, Parks & Culture Cultural Services Branch. We also contact organizations such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, who also have a juried art selection process for adding to their collection.

    Contact Strathcona County Public Art for assistance and accommodations: 

    Susie Winters, Assistant Curator or  
    (780) 242-3227  

    Susan Pointe, Curator  
    (587) 335-4105  


Artwork requirements

Artwork sales and donations

Jury and selection process

For questions and concerns, contact public art:

Susie Winters, assistant curator

Susan Pointe, curator

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Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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