Call for Entry and Juror Announcement
MISSISSAUGA, ON –Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to its milestone 40th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. VAM40, the prestigious exhibition will kick-off 2018 as one of Mississauga’s leading arts events. VAM40 will showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual arts works. Selected works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 11– February 10, 2018. The AGM is located at 300 City Centre Dr. in Mississauga.
Open to emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario, the entry deadline for the show is midnight on Sunday November 5, 2017. For submission information, click here or go to www.visulartsmississauga.com under the Exhibitions tab.
“This will be VAM’s 40th year celebrating the creative energy of established and emerging artists from around Ontario,” says VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “As this year also marks the 30th year the Art Gallery of Mississauga has hosted this show, 2018 is an incredible milestone for our organization and the arts community here in Mississauga. Our partnership with the AGM is indicative of the collaborative energy that flows between Mississauga’s arts, culture and heritage organizations. We thank the AGM team for showcasing this highly anticipated show each year.”
Image still above: “Can You Hear Me” by Shazia Javed, 1st Place Recipient of VAM39 Juried Show
VAM is pleased to announce its distinguished panel of jurors for VAM40:
Faisal Anwar is an interactive artist/producer based in Canada. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Habitat-LAB and was earlier trained in graphic design at Lahore’s National College of Arts. Anwar’s art practice integrates art, culture and technology in odd configurations to explore our perceptions of private vs public spaces and social interactivity in modern urban cultures.
John Armstrong completed his undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University in 1978, and in 1980 received a Masters degree from Chelsea College of Art in London, UK. Armstrong has taught painting since 1982 in Art and Art History, a collaborative Honours B.A. program between Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and the University of Toronto Mississauga. Over the past ten years, he has collaborated with Paris artist Paul Collins: their paintings on photographs, videos and publications have been on view in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and Europe.
Jayne Wilkinson is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and curator. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and her research focuses on contemporary art and photo-based practices with specific attention to issues of surveillance, security and representation. She has contributed critical essays to a variety of journals and publications, including C Magazine, Prefix Photo, Inuit Art Quarterly, InVisible Culture and others. She is Assistant Curator at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga.
The AGM is honoured to announce the acquisition of Jeff Thomas’s What Happened to the Mississauga’s? at the conclusion of his solo exhibition, A Necessary Fiction: My Conversation with George Hunter and Edward S. Curtis. This generous donation by the artist was a focal point of the exhibition, and is contextually relevant to the Gallery’s redirected collecting mandate. Our FIRST NEW NEXT mandate acts as a strategy for the growth of the collection, supporting the pursuit of creative enterprise that embraces diversity, inclusivity and collaboration.
“When I began my career in 1980, I searched for and couldn’t find any photographic work produced by Indigenous people in museum and art gallery collections. I wanted to see what other Indigenous image-makers had made with a camera, and build upon it. As a consequence, I have donated works to institutions with the idea that someone looking for an Indigenous voice, will find something to work with. It is equally important to also work with museums and galleries that recognize the importance of having Indigenous voices in their exhibition spaces and in their collections. And now, having worked with the Art Gallery of Mississauga for my exhibition, I want to donate What Happened to the Mississauga’s? to your collection.” – Jeff Thomas, 2017
Turning dull green and gray utility boxes into beautiful landmarks that celebrate our city’s heritage will be a lasting gift to eight communities across Mississauga.
A city wide beautification project continues on Sunday July 30 at 3 pm when a new originally designed, artistically wrapped utility box will be revealed marking the history of Malton. The artist, Shellene Rodney, and local dignitaries from the City of Mississauga will celebrate the reveal at Goreway Dr and Etude Dr. Ice cream will be served.
“The Boxes and Banners Project is another important opportunity for Mississauga to celebrate the talents and skills of local artists and for our community to come together to appreciate and understand Canadian history, identity and culture through public art,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
“We are grateful to Ontario 150 and the Community Foundation of Mississauga and of course the City of Mississauga, which was also instrumental in helping to get the utility companies on board with a creative initiative involving 10 boxes at 8 sites from Lakeview to Meadowvale,” adds Mike Douglas of the Mississauga Arts Council.
“Community is vital to Enbridge, and for 165 years we have proudly supported the communities we serve, while watching our country thrive. Celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthdays, while contributing to a project that celebrates our communities, is something we’re proud to be a part of,” said Chris Wray, Manager, Municipal Affairs and Stakeholder Relations for Enbridge Gas Distribution.
Free ice cream, cookies and entertainment accompany each reveal.
The next beautification reveal is on Sunday, Aug. 20th at 3 pm at Erin Mills Parkway and Lincoln Green, for a large Alectra box.
LAC Brings Visual & Performing Arts to Communities Across Mississauga
The Living Arts Centre’s ARTward Bound 2017 team is hitting the road this summer bringing the visual and performing arts to communities across Mississauga.
Join us for art filled days throughout July and August! Our friendly instructors will help budding artists experiment with paint, sculpture and mixed media. Participate in a Hip Hop workshop and learn some new moves, then be entertained with a children’s performance! Performances vary by location and date. A lunch program is available at select locations. All activities are FREE. This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 12 and participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pre- registration is required, simply drop in for part of the program or join us for the full day! More information can be found at www.livingartscentre.ca. Continue reading ARTward Bound 2017 Hits the Road for the Summer