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.
CURRENT, Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection
November 9 to February 15, 2020
Gallery One and Two
Celebration Saturday November 16, 2019 6-9pm
We believe that contemporary art is an essential part of public life, and we share it with passion and purpose. We work to interpret, present, and preserve the artworks in our care and develop programs to help the public connect with the art and its makers. We invite you to explore the people and artwork that inspire our 50th anniversary contemporary exhibition.
Bringing together art works from the last five decades, by our local and regional artists, CURRENT, Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection, includes Ron Kingswood’s distinctly impressionistic style depicting wildlife, the organic fibreglass sculptures of Walter Redinger and the regionalist pioneer, Greg Curnoe. Drawn entirely from the permanent collection, the exhibition presents a diverse array of Canadian artists — such as Roly Fenwick, Joespha van den Anker, Clark McDougall, Harry Wilkinson, Bob Bozak, Patrick Landsley, Candy McManiman, Jan Row, Ed Zelenak and Gerald Pedros — who define contemporary art in our region.
White Walls, Small Sculpture from the Permanent Collection
November 9 to February 15, 2020
The Public Art Centre maintains a permanent collection of artwork ranging from paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. But, the collection also contains a number of sculptures ranging from mixed media, bronze, cast lead and aluminum. White Walls: Small Sculpture from the Permanent Collection is an exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary and is drawn entirely from the permanent collection.
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: