Submissions 2022-07-26T21:37:30-04:00


Online juried slide exhibition, with playlist and PDF publication

JUROR/CURATOR: Virginia Eichhorn

Friday, September 23, 2022, by midnight

PAINTING 2022 invites entries from contemporary artists from anywhere in the world that you make art to submit. For this exhibition, a painting is defined as a work of art made from paint applied to canvas, wood, paper, or another support. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary painting techniques and practices. Works in any paint medium, including digital, will be considered. All accepted artworks will be published as part of an online slide show with a playlist and downloadable PDF publication.


Virginia Eichhorn has worked in the visual arts field for thirty years and has been the Executive Director and Curator for Quest Art since 2018. Previously she was the Executive Director & Chief Curator for the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, was the first full-time curator for the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and was one of the founding members of the Queen West Gallery District in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Art History programme at Queen’s University and continued her studies at the University of Toronto. As an independent curator, she has presented exhibitions at numerous prestigious venues including the XII Biennale of Art at Villa Nova Cerveira in Portugal. She has worked extensively with artists from across Canada and abroad – including Carl Beam, Shary Boyle, Judy Chicago, Jane Ash Poitras, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, and Paul Stankard – developing exhibitions for high-profile public art galleries and museums. In addition to curating, she has written numerous catalogue essays and has contributed articles to prominent Canadian and international magazines such as Ceramics Monthly. She was president of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and a board member for Cahiers métiers d’art /Craft Journal. She is currently the Chair for Craft Ontario (formerly the Ontario Craft Council) In 2009 she won the Jean Johnson/Melanie Egan Award for Curatorial Excellence given by the Ontario Crafts Council.


The John B. Aird Gallery (1985-present) is a self-funded non-profit public art gallery with a director/curator, a managing board, and charitable-tax-status. The Gallery hosts up to nine exhibits per year, many accompanied by online publications, plus our annual Mistletoe Magic fundraiser. These exhibits provide participation opportunities for up to four hundred artists year upon year.

The Aird prides itself on being inclusive, hosting several large-group shows (online or in-situ), and two or three annual Arts Council and/or Scotiabank CONTACT Festival of Photography funded exhibits that pay CARFAC fees.

The Gallery’s mission is to provide a generous, safe contemporary art exhibition space where visual culture can be shared and explored by an audience as diverse as its makers. We believe visual culture inspires, engages, and amplifies Toronto’s communities.

In September 2019 the Aird Gallery moved from the provincial-government buildings at Bay and Wellesley, to a temporary location on West-Queen-West. We foresee returning to our 3,500-square-foot space on the second floor in the Macdonald Block before the end of the decade.


Friday, September 23, 2022, by midnight

Jurying will take place the week of June 27, 2022.

Late October 2022

Early to mid-November 2022


  • Artists can submit up to two works.
  • Image files must be as follow:
    • File names must be labelled Last Name_First Name, Title.jpg
    • Example: Smith_Jane, Morning Doves.jpg
    • Images can be in jpeg/jpg/png format.
    • Should have a max dpi of 200.
    • File size cannot exceed 2MB
  • Submit original works only.
  • Please note that improperly named files may not be recorded or will be lost in our system.

The entry fee is $50 and covers entry up to 2 works per artist. It is non-refundable and can be paid upon submitting your application. Funds collected go towards making this exhibition possible.

Artists will be informed of sales. The gallery asks for a 30% donation/commission on all sales.

The John B. Aird Gallery is not accepting submissions at this time.

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We welcome applications from local and international artists and curators.


Online juried slide exhibition, with playlist and PDF publication

JURORS: Sebastein Miller & Ken Moffatt

The Aird is delighted to offer our 2nd  annual juried exhibition showcasing collage-based works by contemporary artists.

Derived from the French verb coller, meaning “to glue,” collage refers to both the technique and the resulting work of art in which fragments of paper and other materials are arranged and glued or otherwise affixed to a supporting surface. Associated Art Movements include Cubism, the DADA, and Surrealism. Today, collage, as a process and an art movement is experiencing a second life! We invite and eagerly await your up to date submissions


Toronto-born artist Sebastein Miller is most recognized for his recent body of work entitled Civil Disobedience. Miller’s new media practice involves sampling and mixing digital pop-culture imagery with social-political symbols, and collage parties. In Civil Disobedience, the artist constructs photomontages that rethink the histories of the twentieth century using Afro-Futurist emblems and found imagery. Miller’s work provocatively explores some of the key tensions in contemporary culture from a Black male perspective. Variously referencing photojournalism, album art, protest imagery, comic books, films, and video games; the cut-out style of his practice foregrounds the works’ constructed nature highlighting the gaps between the images’ posited futures and currently depictable reality.

Ken Moffat is the author of Troubled Masculinities: Reimagining Urban Men and Postmodern Social Work: Reflective Practice and Education. In addition to authoring books, Ken is the Jack Layton Chair (Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services) at Toronto Metropolitan University. He has curated two online collage shows Cut Paste Resist (co-curated with R.M. Vaughan, Writer in Residence, University of New Brunswick) and Create Resist (co-curated with Dr. Reena Tandon, CELT, Faculty of Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University). He has curated companion shows to his writing, such as Self Portrait in Rice Paper by Johnson Ngo, presented at Video Fag. His art has been shown at Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Katherine Mulherin Gallery (co-created with Daryl Vocat), Zsa Zsa Gallery (co-created with Patrick Decoste), Videofag (co-created with Daryl Vocat), Naco Gallery and Aird Gallery.

Jurying will take place the week of June 27, 2022.

Selected artists will be notified of the jurors’ decisions by email the week of July 18, 2022.

Late August-early September 2022