38th Annual Juried Show Of Fine Arts  Call For Entry – Announcement Of Jurors

Mississauga, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood invites emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario to apply to participate in our 38th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. The selected art works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 14, 2016 – February 13, 2016.

Open to all emerging and established artists in Ontario, the entry deadline for the show is midnight on Sunday November 15, 2015. Artists may submit one digital image of an original, recent piece (2013 – 2015) with bio and payment. For full details and payment information go to www.visualartsmississauga.com and find the Juried Show call under the EXHIBITIONS tab.

VAM is pleased to announce jurors for the 2016 Annual Juried Show are;
Lila Lewis Irving is a well-known abstract painter who believes that spontaneity is the root of invention for an artist. Born in New York City, Irving has embraced abstraction as a pure and personal art form. Her paintings are large, some non-objective with a recent development to sculptural figurative work on canvas. Irving holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has established her extensive art career in Canada where she has lived since 1964. As a teacher, Irving never stops learning and experimenting in her own work. As a student of Helen Frankenthaler (1991), Irving has built her career around the rigours and rhythms of painting. She maintains an active studio practice and opens her home studio to visitors twice a year. A 2012 major Retrospective Exhibition, “Con Spirito” was held at the Art Gallery of Mississauga and a book Appassionata: The Art of Lila Lewis Irving and short film were produced in conjunction with the exhibit. Irving is a member of the Ontario Society if Artists and her work is in many private and public collections.

Camille Turner is a media/performance artist and educator. Her interventions, installations and public engagements have been presented throughout Canada and internationally. Her current focus is bringing hidden and erased histories to life through place-based explorations. TimeWarp is an Afrofuturist cellphone adventure included in Land/Slide: Possible Futures exhibition in which participants use their smartphones as a time machine to experience a past or future event. As Artist in Residence for Art Gallery of Mississauga Camille created projects such as the 5 & Dime Walking Tour exploring strip malls as cultural hubs and (un)settler, a communal journal project that invited Mississauga residents to reflect on the changing face of the city. Her current work engages Historians, archivists and citizen researchers interested in public memory. She is currently recovering and animating the stories of enslaved people once owned by Upper Canada’s elite. Camille graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design and York University’s Masters in Environmental Studies program where she is currently a PhD candidate. She teaches at University of Toronto’s New College.

Stuart Keeler is a cultural producer with broad international experience in curating, programming, writing about and commissioning contemporary artists, public art and socially based interventions in the public realm. Keeler’s research interests include contemporary art and its critical context in relation to communities; embodiment, diaspora issues and performativity, socially based art actions in gallery and urban space contexts as well as cultural and artistic forms of sculptural practices and thinking. Educated and trained to work in museums and galleries, Stuart is currently appointed as Chief Curator | Manager, Museums & Traditions – Arts & Culture, City of Mississauga. Previous roles have been Executive Director | Curator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Director of Programmes and Curator; Art Gallery of Mississauga, founding Director and co-producer of Le Flash – Atlanta, Artistic Director Art 44|46 – Chicago , Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – among others, an M.F.A. from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago.

ABOUT VAM: VAM is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a mission to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM gratefully acknowledges funding support from the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division, Community Foundation of Mississauga, Curry’s Artists’ Materials, DeSerres, and VAM’s many individual supporters, students and its membership.

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA: Engage. Think. Inspire. This phrase opens the dialogue at the AGM. The Gallery connects with the people of Mississauga through the collection and presentation of relevant works from a range of periods and movements in Canadian art. Expressing multiple ideas and concepts, this visual art translates into meaningful cultural and social experiences for all audiences. The AGM employs innovative education, artist projects and other forms of dialogue to advance critical enquiry and community connection to the visual arts.

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