This year we are celebrating the 21st edition of this annual juried exhibition showcasing drawings by contemporary Canadian artists. For this exhibition, a drawing is defined as an art form used to either to create a finished work of art or draft ideas that are further developed in other media. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing materials, techniques and practices.


Paul Petro is a curator and gallery owner who has operated his Toronto-based gallery Paul Petro Contemporary Art since 1993, programming works by contemporary Canadian and international artists on an invitation basis. He holds an Hon. BA in English literature from Glendon College, Toronto.

Prior to opening his gallery, Petro was engaged as a practising artist and independent curator and served on many arts’ council advisory boards and juries. He has been extensively involved in the artist-run sector in Canada including the Programming Committee at A Space, Toronto (1986-89) and as a Founding Director of Inter/Access (1983), an artist-run centre in Toronto providing training and exhibition space for artists working in electronic media. He was the Director of Evelyn Aimis Fine Art (1986-93), a private international contemporary art gallery in Toronto. Paul Petro is also past President and member of the Board of Directors for C Magazine (2001-2009), a Toronto-based international contemporary art quarterly.

Key Dates

Entry Deadline

Jot form entries with digital images (jpegs) and entry fees are due Sunday, January 19, 2020 by midnight.


Jurying will take place Wednesday January 22, 2020.

Notification of Results

Selected artists will be notified of the jurors’ decisions by email by Friday, January 24, 2020.

Delivery of Accepted Works

Accepted artworks to be delivered to the John B. Aird Gallery, 906 Queen West, Toronto on Saturday, February 1, 2019 between 12 noon and 2 pm. Alternate delivery arrangements may be considered for artists living outside the 416 / 905 region.

Exhibition Dates

Thursday, February 6 to Friday, February 28, 2020.

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 6, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is $50. It must be paid at the time of entry.
This fee covers entry of up to three works per artist and is non-refundable.
Pay fee via on-line banking using INTERAC E-Transfer. Send fee to: director@airdgallery.org.

For more information and instructions for entry, visit the Submissions page.