Upcoming Francis Caprani - Ghost in the Machine Gallery One and Two July 7 to September 1. Artist Reception July 20, 7-9pm
#artcentreselfie- Gallery Three July 7 to September 1, 2018 Reception July 20, 2018 7-9pm
In View of the Artist - Annual Juried Exhibition September 8 to October 20, 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition application here...
Exhibitions / Submissions
Gallery THREE is dedicated to the 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.
May 15 to June 17, 2018
Gallery ONE and TWO
This exhibition examines the significant influence of family with the work of Robert Reginald Whale and his sons John Claude and Robert Heard and nephew John Hicks Whale.
Robert Reginald Whale, a self-taught artist was born in Cornwall County, England, in 1805. He was one of the first professional artists to work in what is now southwestern Ontario. Best known for a handful of frequently reproduced landscapes - panoramic views of Hamilton and Dundas from the NIAGARA ESCARPMENT and of Niagara Falls - he also specialized in portraiture and genre painting.
Unable to support a growing family, Whale, his wife Ellen Heard and 5 children emigrated to Canada in June 1852. They settled first in the rural village of Burford, then in 1864 moved to the nearby town of Brantford, where Whale established a family studio that employed his sons John Claude (1852-1905) and Robert Heard (1857-1906) and his nephew John Hicks Whale (1829-1905), all 3 of whom went on to establish professional careers of their own.
The paintings drawn together for this exhibition demonstrate the Whale family's important artistic and cultural legacy and help to define the impact of the family influence.
FEW AND FAR BETWEEN: from the Collection
May 15 to June 17, 2018
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre has acquired a lot of art work over the last 49 years. Most artworks are representative of their time in history, but there are some that fall beyond the realm of our collection mandate.
This exhibition brings together a diverse selection of art works and collectables by traditional and contemporary artists who have felt the pull of unusual and extraordinary. The works on display include sculpture, drawings, fiber art and painting, with subjects ranging from masks, folk, and the unusual. Featured artists include Walter Stansell, Walter Redinger, and Francis Everitt, among others.
Francis Caparani - Ghost in the Machine
July 7 to September 1, 2018
Gallery One and TWOFrancis John Caprani was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1950. He studied printmaking at Le Centre de gravure contemporain de Geneve, Switzerland under Master Printer Danial Divorne, 1977-78, after receiving Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec and Major in Fine Arts, Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec (1972-1974).
Selected and more exhibitions include: 2014 Thielsen Gallery Inc. London, ON. recent paintings and drawings; 2013 University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.S. USA; 2011 Provinciale de Artes Plasticasy Diseno, Santigo, Cuba; 2010 Galerie Jose Peon Contreras, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; 2009 2 Person exhibition, with Patrick Landsley, Thielsen Gallery, London, On., and; 2008 a 3 Person exhibition,The Bank Job, London & Western Trust Building, London, On.
July 7 to September 1, 2018
#artcenterselfie coincides with the launch of the new exhibition by Francis Caprani—Ghost in the Machine an exhibition of self portraits.. The exhibition is open from July 7 to September 1, 2018. This exhibition will exploring the differences and similarities of the selfie and the self portrait, while celebrating the truly creative potential of a form of expression often scoffed for its meaninglessness. Showing alongside examples of Francis Caprani’s work, the selfies has quickly became icons of the digital era – from the simple and sublime to the wild, bad and downright dangerous.
ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION - IN VIEW OF THE ARTIST September 8 to October 20, 2018 Deadline: August 17, 2018 at 4:00pm
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
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