Gallery THREE is dedicated to the Public Art Centre's permanent collection. It is important to us to feature and rotate our collection to ensure the appreciation of this valuable collection. The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre’s Permanent Collection is one of the largest and most significant in the St. Thomas and Elgin County region, made up of approximately 1700 artworks of local, regional, national and international origin in a variety of media, with special emphasis on contemporary and historical Canadian art, - in particular Canadian - and on the artists associated with St. Thomas and Elgin County.
Gallery One and Two
April 13 to August 31, 2019
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of exhibitions designed to catalyze conversations about the Public Art Centre’s role in defining and documenting our important visual history. Foundation: Selections from the Collection, is an assemblage of historic art works by local and regional artists hung in the traditional salon style. The selection draws attention to and demonstrates the finely woven realm of artistic influence through mediums, style, association and instruction with special focus on the works of Ross Reverdy Osgood, William St. Thomas Smith, Lila Knowles, Caroline Curtis, and Clark McDougall.
This exhibition and its associated programs and publication is supported by a generous bequest from Barbara Anne Bridge, the Elgin Historical Society, the City of St. Thomas, County of Elgin, and our members and donors.
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to present selections from the private art collections of Cliff Barwick and Steven McLarty-Payson, in honour of the Public Art Centre’s 50th anniversary.
Living with an art collection of any size can be a richly rewarding experience for so many reasons, especially if you follow your passion. It’s always intriguing to see an exhibit on loan from a private collector, to peer inside their personal collection. It’s fascinating to see what particular treasures they have chosen to purchase and to live with day-in and day-out.
That’s the case with the new exhibit, “A Passion to Collect”, a selection of years of collecting by Steven McLarty -Payson and Cliff Barwick.
This exhibition is proudly sponsored by Minerva Art Gallery and Custom Framing and sustaining member Dr. Ian Begg.
IN VIEW OF THE ARTIST Annual Juried Exhibition
September 7 to October 19, 2019
Meet the Artist Saturday September 28, 2019 1-3pm
(Culture Days Weekend)
Back for the sixth consecutive year, IN VIEW OF THE ARTIST continues to be one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions. This exhibition celebrates the artist behind the work, what the artist sees and creates, “in their view”, real or imagined. It support the production of new artwork made in a variety of mediums, including painting sculpture, digital media, photograph and mixed media. Artworks are selected by a profession jury who consider originality, creativity, process and engagement as some of the criteria for inclusion in this exhibit. On September 28, we invite you to “Meet the Artist” at a reception held from 1-3pm. This exhibition is proudly sponsored by the Downtown Development Board.
In View of the Artist
Annual Juried Exhibition
Deadline: Friday August 16, 2019 @ 4pm
For more information download the application
It is the mandate of STEPAC to advance knowledge and understanding of the visual arts within St. Thomas and Elgin County through exhibitions, acquisitions, lectures, public programs, education programs, traveling exhibitions, and adherence to standard museum practices. STEPAC seeks to present and facilitate a broad range of visual art practices and to reflect excellence through all aspects of its programs.
STEPAC’s exhibition program is invitational, and the also accepts exhibition proposals on an ongoing basis from artists and curators. The exhibitions are booked at least two years in advance.
In the event that the proposed artworks have not yet been produced, please provide a detailed description of the intent in addition to support material featuring past work.
The Art Centre is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions. Please do not submit original slides, artwork or master DVDs. If you want to have your support materials returned, you must include a self-addressed envelope with the required postage. Please remember to contact the Art Centre if you have a change of address and/or telephone number.
Please note, the Art Centre will only reply to proposals in which it is interested.
Submit applications to:
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, ON. N5P 1B5
Submission Guidelines for Artists and curators
Exhibition Assistance Ontario Arts Council
The program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their art work in a confirmed public exhibition.
This is a third-party recommender program. Artists apply to galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. Recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. See Program-specific definitions for more information on recommender grants.
Recommenders may identify priorities for funding in addition to OAC’s priority groups.
The program is active between June 2017 and January 2018. Each recommender sets deadlines or accepts applications on an ongoing basis during this period. OAC does not set deadlines in this program.
Applicants must submit their application to a recommender before the opening date of their exhibition.
Additional priorities and criteria
Application link below: