Salt Spring National Art Prize 2021-2022 accepting visual art for exhibition and $41,000 in awards

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      A biennial visual art competition and exhibition based in B.C. is accepting submissions from Canadian artists.

      The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) opened its call for submissions on January 1 and those interested in submitting their work have until May 31 to do so.

      Artists can submit two-dimensional and three-dimensional works for consideration for 10 awards worth a total of $41,000.

      The exhibition, which will include a printed and online colour catalogue, will be held from September to October at Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island. All works will be available for sale online and in public during the exhibition. 

      SSNAP was established in 2015 to encourage and showcase the accomplishments of Canadian artists who demonstrate originality, quality, integrity, and creativity.

      An independent online jury, with members from across Canada and representing different areas of expertise, will select about 50 finalists.

      This year’s jury includes:

      • University of Calgary Canadian Indigenous studio art associate professor Judy Anderson;
      • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in K’jipuktuk/Halifax senior curator David Diviney;
      • Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation director and curator Ydessa Hendeles;
      • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria chief curator Michelle Jacques.

      The finalists’ works will be revealed to the public on September 24, when the exhibition opens.

      Jurors will choose six award winners while four awards will be chosen by public vote. Award winners will be announced at a gala on October 23.

      For full details, visit the SSNAP website.

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