Art is an essential tool in learning about history. Paintings, drawings, and photographs communicate a wealth of information about historical events and periods. Art reflects society and culture and assists in digging deeper into communicating ideas, emotions, and knowledge from past generations. It is a source of any society's collective memory and a visual record of history that can tell a story to anyone regardless of the language they speak. The artworks in this exhibition are on long-term loan from the Elgin County Museum to better provide storage in the Art Centre's permanent collection and to allow for increased potential for exhibiting the works to the communities of St. Thomas-Elgin.
Miniature Show and Sale
November 12 to December 22, 2022
The Public Art Centre is pleased to present the third annual Miniature Show and Sale. You will find over 200 amazing miniature works of art in many different mediums and styles. Looking for a special gift or something for yourself, this exhibition has something for everyone. #supportlocalartists
Wage: $17.00 hr (starting wage) for 20-24hrs/week Application Deadline: ongoing until filled
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Center is seeking a friendly, energetic, and organized individual interested in gaining valuable experience in fine arts education and administration. Working in a creative and vibrant setting, the individual will assist in a variety of duties to ensure the delivery of the STEPAC educational programs.
Kim’s use of materials reflects her familial and educational background while living in London, Ontario. She always had an interest in making and its functionality through crafts and sewing, and when she entered Western University, she applied these to the fine arts such as drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture.
Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 14 to February 18, 2023
Like many public art galleries and museums, the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre cares for a Permanent Collection of artworks that has been gathering and growing since our first acquisitions in 1969. Through generous donations and thoughtful purchases, the Public Art Centre has been steadily adding artworks to our Collection resulting in a Collection that now numbers over 2000 artworks.
By collecting the artists and their works on display, the Public Art Centre ensures their ideas remain active in today’s conversations – ready to be enjoyed in exhibitions of our Permanent Collection and safeguarded for the understanding of future generations.
Any artist over 18 years who resides in Southwestern Ontario.
Works entered must be an original composition created by the entrant.
Submitted artwork must have been created within the past three years and not previously shown at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. All mediums are acceptable. No copies from other artists, from published material or supervised work will be considered.
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The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Laura Woermke, will be coordinating the new “Art, Trees & Trails” project, a community-wide collaboration with partners including the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, and St. Thomas Elevated Park. This project will bring historic and contemporary artwork from the Art Centre permanent collection to our beautiful local trails and Elevated Park through the installation of attractive signs that feature high quality reproductions of many of our landmark paintings. The “Art, Trees & Trails” project has been generously funded with $115,000 by the Estate of Donna Vera Evans Bushell.
Art has an incredible ability to unify. Supporting the mission of the Public Art Centre, especially “encouraging the appreciation for and supporting the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County”, the “Art, Trees & Trails” project will allow us to engage with the community outside the walls of the Public Art Centre, promote art education, and add to our visual environment in places where community members and visitors explore nature. Signs will be installed along the trails at Springwater Forest, Dalewood Conservation Area, and St. Thomas Elevated Park. In each case, the artwork selected will correspond to the precise physical location.
It is with gratitude that we thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing support through the Community Building Fund. The funds provided, contributed to the operating and equipment costs, which has allowed us to continue to fulfill our mission "to encourage the appreciation and support the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County."