Emerging Artist Exhibit

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Emerging Artist Exhibit

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Call for Visual Arts Submissions: The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery

Submissions are now open for The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Exhibit: Emerging Artist in association with the IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists, April 16 to June 20, 2020.

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance supporting and presenting all art forms; and creating opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration serving all Calgarians. The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting emerging artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers. IGNITE! will take place June 10 to 13, 2020 at the Pumphouse Theatres.

Artists will be given a choice to opt in to allowing their work to be adjudicated to become the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020.

All submissions will be displayed from April 16, 2020 to June 20, 2020. If selected to be the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020, the artist will receive an artist festival pass and an honorarium for the use of their image in marketing material. Artists must submit their art before January 31, 2020 to be considered for the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020. All pieces not selected will still be considered for The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Emerging Artist Exhibit.

Artists can set the price of their work, and Pumphouse Theatre does not take a commission.

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Artist resides in Alberta and must be available for installation.
  • Artist must identify as emerging (less than five years of experience).
  • Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space only).

Installation Requirements

All art must be equipped with picture hanging wire and D rings (a piece of metal hardware shaped like the letter D used on the back of the frame or canvas as hooking device). Hanging cleats or flat metal hardware, unfortunately, will not be accepted.

The Pumphouse Theatre will install the work on behalf of the artists. Artwork may be dropped off or picked up by either the artist or a representative during the hours of 12:00pm and 6:00pm on the installation and takedown dates provided. Artist must reserve an installation and takedown date via a provided online form or by contacting the programming director.


Final Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020, 4:00pm
If you wish to be considered for IGNITE! 2020, you must submit before January 31, 2020
Installation: April 12 – 14, 2020
Gallery Close: June 20, 2020
Gallery Take-Down: June 21 – June 23, 2020

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail:

  • Completed gallery submission form.
  • Artist biography (250 words max).
  • A short description of who you are and your art background, training, passion, and/or any combination of the fore mentioned information.
  • Artwork:
    • A minimum of one to a maximum of five pieces will be accepted.
    • Images of artwork only; do not send original works with application.

All completed applications or questions regarding applications may be sent to:

Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave. SW
Calgary, AB
T3C 3P5

To send by email, use kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca and for questions call 403.263.0079 ext. 100

Selection Process

Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than three people and are a mix of artists and administrators. Selection criteria are based on suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity and innovation, and suitability to the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages five and up, representing various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept works that feature nudity.

Any artists who need assistance with their application, or have inquires and questions, are welcome to contact Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, at any point. The submission form can be downloaded here, or can be found on our website pumphousetheatre.ca.

Final Deadline: March 13, 2020

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