The Public Art Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a mission to promote the appreciation for and support the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County; with our doors closed and our programs cancelled we are already seeing the effects. If you are in a position to do so, you can help to support STEPAC the following ways, every bit helps!
The doors to our building may be closed, but please enjoy our online exhibitions and new artists biographies, online publications, and resources, sign up for the newletter, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and subscribe on YouTube.
In 2019, the Public Art Centre celebrated its' 50th Anniversary, our successes have been put on hold for awhile. Our Redtail Cocktail Party and Silent Auction has been postponed and we will be working with Redtail to bring you the safest way for us to get together. Thank you to our sponsors for their ongoing support!
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 Three. ONLINE
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to present, Heather Keating, Presence of Light, in Gallery Three. “My artwork is a fusion of realism and impressionism. I attempt to create paintings that show a strong sense of light, vivid colour, fluid brushwork and deep emotional content. I strive to evoke in my viewers the same emotions that compelled me to paint the subject.” ~ Heather Keating 2020
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As we prepare to welcome you back to the Public Art Centre, we are taking steps to ensure that your health and safety is protected. Celebrating our amazing collection, Selections, will include some wonderful examples or portraiture, contemporary landscapes, abstract paintings and drawings including, Painters Eleven, and some new acquisitions. Stay tuned for our virtual tour.
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
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 and January. 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: