Call for Submissions: VAM43 Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts
Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to its 43rd Annual Juried...

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to its 43rd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. This prestigious art exhibition will kick-off Mississauga’s 2021 season of cultural events.

VAM43 will showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual art works. Jurors will select 43 artworks to be on exhibition on the VAM43 website from January 14 – December 31, 2021. If possible, the selected award winners’ art works will be on display at the Small Arms Inspection Building from Thursday, January 14 – February 11, 2021.

Open to emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario, the entry deadline is midnight on Sunday, November 15, 2020. For submission information, click here or go to and look under the Visit tab, followed by the Exhibitions tab.

“2020 has delivered us a strange new way of being. This necessitates the move of the VAM43 exhibition to an online platform,” says VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “Regardless, I am confident the VAM43 team and the selected artists will deliver a thought-provoking, creative and restorative exhibition showcasing reflections of our new normal. I am excited by our phenomenal juror panel and look forward to seeing the entries for this year’s show.”


elle alconcel is committed to the diversification of the GTHA’s art and culture scene. As a programmer, producer and curator, her principal area of interest is in championing the work of culturally diverse artists. She champions programs and spaces that are designed for creative practitioners. As the former Curator of Exhibitions & Programs at Artscape, elle was integral to establishing Daniel’s Spectrum as a cultural hub and breeding ground for promising artists. In 2017, CBC Arts named elle one of the “new generation of Curators who are defining the Toronto Art Scene.”

Gordon Shadrach, a Toronto-based artist was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. Gordon started painting in 2013 and paints in oil and acrylic on wood. He has exhibited in solo and group art shows in Canada and the United States. He works from photographs at his in-home studio. He received his B. Des. (MAAD) from OCAD University and has a Master of Education degree from Niagara University. In the Spring of 2018, Gordon’s painting, “In Conversation”, was included in an exhibit developed by the Royal Ontario Museum titled, “Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art.” Later in 2018 the exhibit went on tour and was presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2019. Aside from his portraits, Gordon is known for his insightful artist’s talks and has appeared as a panelist on TVO’s The Agenda and CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.

Matthew Varey lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He has exhibited in more than fifty solo and one hundred group exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa in Venice, the McMaster Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and in private and corporate collections in Korea, Greece, Germany, Italy, Norway, England, the US, and Canada. He is the founder of Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Art, the world’s leading high school art program.


About Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood: Founded in 1977, VAM is one of Mississauga’s key creative centres which concentrates its efforts on three pillars of influence: Art Education, Art Exhibition and Community Outreach. VAM strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. Please visit

Eldiana Begovic, Cultural Development Manager
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