Tag Archives: VAM


MISSISSAUGA, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is shining the spotlight on young emerging visual artists! VAM invites artists ages 18 – 29, working in the Greater Toronto / Hamilton Area to submit to its upcoming exhibition, The Art of Dialogue. The exhibition is proudly sponsored by TD Bank.

The new exhibition will support emerging artists working in experimental processes using a combination of traditional and new media. The Art of Dialogue will be on display from February 5, 2018 to February 18, 2018 at The VAM Gallery located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.

“The Art of Dialogue is an opportunity for youth artists from Mississauga and the GTHA to share their artistic process, stories, and perspectives through a visual statement,” explains VAM Exhibitions and Events Coordinator Eldiana Begovic. “We are excited to host this youth exhibition in conjunction with a show by The Open Gallery, a youth led mobile gallery based here in Mississauga. We invite you to take in the art and see what our next generation of artists have to say.”

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018 at 5 pm. There is no entry fee. All submissions will be juried into the show. VAM will present cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Opening Reception on Friday, February 9 at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend the Opening Reception, admission is free. Please click here for submission details.

VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Please call 905-277-4313 or visit http://www.visualartsmississauga.com for more. Follow VAM on Twitter @VisualArtsMiss, on Instagram @visualartsmississauga and Facebook.


MISSISSAUGA, ON – Get in the holiday spirit with Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood! VAM is pleased to launch the festive season with its annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace. The event will feature the creative works of over 20 artists and artisans, a café by The Social Cupcake, treats and more! All are welcome to the event running Saturday, November 11 through Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 10 am until 4 pm. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Admission is free.

“Our Holiday Artisan Marketplace offers an inspired shopping opportunity,” explains Event Coordinator, Eldiana Begovic. “Our event showcases high-quality art and handmade gifts including smaller paintings, fashion items, jewellery, woodwork textiles, sculpture, glass, crafts and more. Freshly baked holiday goodies will be available for purchase to make your visit even more delightful. Attending the event is a great way to support local artisans while getting a head-start on your holiday shopping”.

VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace is one of the first artisan crafters shows (of the 2017 season) presented in the Greater Toronto Area. The event provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to explore VAM’s magnificent art centre, meet local artists “face to face” and to purchase a hand-crafted Made in Canada gift for someone special. You’ll be feeling the holiday spirit by the time you leave.

Please visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details or call 905-277-4313.


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.


Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is set to dazzle the community with its 25th Annual Art in the Park festival showcasing over 30 artist vendors, musicians, activities, food and more! The free event will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 10 am until 4 pm at Riverwood Park located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane.  Activities will take place inside VAM’s art centre and in the historic MacEwan barn as well as outside on the VAM Common Green. For more information on participating artists and artists, check out VAM’s Look Book at https://goo.gl/phkig9

“Art in the Park is a great opportunity to discover unique, handcrafted, works of art made by our artists,” explains Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “There will be musical performances by Mississauga’s Folk artists Mike Celia and Iman Wain. The community will enjoy free all-ages activities, food trucks and more! Bring your friends and family and spend the day in the City’s breathtaking Riverwood Park.”

Try your hand at art-making! Art in the Park will also be hosting, Tread On It!, a ‘green’ art activity for all-ages. Participants will learn to make beautiful designs with recyclable printing methods. Participants are asked to bring old or new t-shirts for the activity. Tread On It is led by artist Jeff Mann and is sponsored by Love This House and Budget Blinds of Mississauga West & Oakville. Check out more information about Tread On It! here: https://goo.gl/wCNw5z

Art in the Park is free and parking is available at Riverwood Park, located at the intersection of Burnhamthorpe Rd W and The Credit Woodlands. Additional parking is available at the Erindale GO Station on Rathburn Rd. W. at Creditview Rd. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Please call VAM at 905-277-4313 or visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details. Continue reading VAM TO HOST 25th ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK FESTIVAL 


 MISSISSAUGA,ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood invites the community to discover the creative energy of the bustling centre at its Open House on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

VAM will offer family fun including an “Artist Trading Card” activity, live art demonstrations, instructor ‘meet-and-greets’, a new art exhibition, prize giveaways and more! The event runs from 10 am until 3 pm.  VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Admission is free.

“We are pleased to be opening our doors to the community,” explains Executive Director, Annis Karpenko. “We don’t want to be a hidden gem anymore! We want everyone to know VAM is one of Mississauga’s premier creative centres, recognized for our high quality, studio arts courses and bustling creative environment. VAM is an artistic oasis built for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming the public to our event!”

VAM’s Open House is proudly supported by Curry’s Artists’ Materials. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Call 905-277-4313 or visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details.