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Call for Submissions – Visual Arts

Call for Submissions

Visual Artists: Get ready for the
2025 Touring Exhibition Program!

Submissions are due by Thursday, January 12th, 2023

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About The Program

Visual Arts: Touring Exhibition Program

Manitoba Arts Network’s Visual Arts Touring Exhibition Program makes visual art exhibitions available to arts and cultural organizations throughout the province of Manitoba. The purpose of the program is to provide high quality, cost-effective exhibitions to communities enhancing the awareness and appreciation of regional and national artists.


Exhibitions are selected from both emerging and professional artists, and present a range of media and themes, featuring contemporary work and traditional approaches to artmaking through solo, two-person, and group exhibitions. MAN pays artists a basic exhibition fee each month a touring exhibition is booked. If funding/grants for exhibitions are successfully secured, then artist fees are paid at approved CARFAC rates.

MAN covers costs associated with professional crating of exhibitions, shipping and insurance of works while on tour. Selected exhibitions typically tour for a one-year period either in the current or following year.

Our programs can help you take the next step in your career, book a tour through Manitoba Arts Network, or expand your professional network.

Assessment Criteria & Process

The following outlines the assessment criteria the jury follows when selecting the exhibitions.

Is the exhibition original, creative, innovative, experimental and unique? Does the visual support materials provide and display strong visual elements and principles of design (colour, light, space, composition, etc.?)

Is the exhibition skillfully rendered, well-planned and thought out? Does the exhibition meet a high standard of professionalism?

Questions to consider: Is the overall theme or concept presented in a unified/cohesive way with a strong sense of continuity? Is the theme well-articulated? Does the exhibition make a statement and display creative direction? Does
the exhibition holds the potential to evoke feeling, mood or emotion. Does it tell a story? Does it make use of symbolic imagery? Does it display a high level of conceptual insight? Is the intent of the artist achieved and clearly
communicated?

In regard to the fragility and physical suitability, given proper crating, to withstand touring throughout rural & northern Manitoba via transport truck. Ability to fit entire exhibition into one or two crates sized to fit through a
standard doorway. Individual works should not exceed 26×36 in and the running footage for the entire exhibition should not exceed 75’. Flexibility for offering both a full-sized exhibition option as well as a reduced sized option.
Flexibility for display in both traditional gallery spaces and non-traditional spaces such as libraries, museums, community centres, schools, etc. Ease of handling and installation by non-professionally trained staff and/or
volunteers.

Manitoba Arts Network is committed to ensuring equity, inclusivity, and representation in our sector.

We especially encourage our jury to select applications from artists who identify as Indigenous Métis, Inuit, Black, or People of Colour, artists with disabilities, as well as artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, to apply, and will be placing emphasis on representation from these communities in our selection process

Collateral and educational activities associated with the exhibition to encourage discussion and engage visitors. This could include artist talks, presentations and workshops on ideas and artistic techniques delivered by the artist. This could include interactive activities for a variety of age groups ranging from children to adults, activities relating to school curriculum in various subject areas including fine arts, language arts, social studies, history, etc.

Will the exhibition speak to and appeal to a rural and northern audience? Will visitors be able to relate to and find meaning in the proposed exhibit? On the other hand, does the exhibition introduce something new and unique not typically available to or seen by rural and northern audiences? Does the exhibition offer a good balance between these two factors?

Our goal is to facilitate the exchange of provincial and national artwork across Manitoba. 

Thank you to all who have applied. The deadline for our 2024 Touring Exhibition program has now passed.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Manitoba Arts Network is committed to ensuring equity, inclusivity, and representation in our sector. We especially encourage applications from artists who identify as Indigenous Métis, Inuit, Black, or People of Colour, artists with disabilities, as well as artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, to apply, and will be placing emphasis on representation from these communities in our selection process.

Meet the Artists

Karen E. Schulz
Artist: Karen E. Schulz
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Karen Schulz (Manitoba)

Karen Schulz is a visual artist and art event coordinator who is inspired by her birthplace, the farming community of Grandview, Manitoba, and the Winnipeg urban life where she lives and works.

From her studio, maintained for several years in the Exchange District, her practice overlaps traditional and contemporary media with an emphasis recently on experimental drawings.

Artwork: Playing Tag
Artwork: Playing Tag
Pepe Hidalgo
Artist: Pepe Hidalgo
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Pepe Hidalgo

Pepe Hidalgo’s style is figurative and abstract narrative. His figurative is not related to realism, it is created from his imagination. Hidalgo’s paintings achieve strength through the glazes or velatures he applies. He will apply two or three to the painting, they help create a sense of space.

There is a distinct element present in his paintings, a string or cord that acts as the umbilical cord that unites him to the universe, and allows him to time travel back and forth as it supports his weight and pulls him back into reality. It also takes on the role of identity maker and it can almost be considered to replace his signature.

Hidalgo predominantly paints with acrylic and sketches. His artistic process started as a child during frequent visits to the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Goya’s paintings are what confirmed his desire to be an artist. Later he was influenced by Velazquez, Zurbaran, El Bosco, and the impressionists.

Art has allowed him to “free himself” and express himself without prejudice, to lose the objective by which to paint, and to dare to do what he feels without expectations. Many people ask him where he gets his ideas for his paintings. When you know him you realize he mixes his knowledge of astrology, history, life, and experiences. It is all manifested and expressed in his paintings.  

Artwork: Classic Portraits with Movement | The Magic of Still Life
Allison Davis

Artist: Alison Davis
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Alison Davis (Manitoba)

Alison Davis is an artist and animator based in Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg. She has created a number of short films with a focus on traditional animation that have screened at festivals and venues around the world.

Her drawing practice explores the subtlety of fine lines and delicate interactions. Davis holds a BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University in Montreal and has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Pattern making, pattern mending |
Artwork: Pattern making, pattern mending

Artist: Kristy Janvier
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Kristy Janvier

Kristy Janvier is born and raised in Flin Flon and is of Dene (English River First Nation) and mixed European decent. At the age of 18 she began working overseas as a professional actress/dancer. After 15 years of working in the entertainment industry with Disney, Kristy returned to Canada relying on her presence/meditation practice to guide her work.

Performances are influenced by improvisation yet structured from personal story incorporating images, installation, sound recording, and/or video.

In addition to her performance work, Kristy has been sewing beadwork since 2018. Sales from her beadwork, Secret_Life_of_Beads, goes towards funding her family’s bush cabin started in 1934 for future generations.

Artwork: The Weight We Carry

Artist: Jessie Jannuska
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Jessie Jannuska

Jessie Jannuska is a Winnipeg-based interdisciplinary visual artist with mixed Dakota, Ojibway, and settler ancestry. Her family is from Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from Brandon University’s IshKaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Department of Visual Art in 2018.

She primarily works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil crayon, pencil, pen, mixed media, beading, murals, and performance art. She has had eight solo exhibitions and has participated in over thirty group exhibitions. Her work can be found in the Provincial Art Collection of Manitoba.

Jannuska teaches freelance art workshops in beading, dreamcatchers, painting, and drawing across Manitoba online and in person. Jannuska’s most prominent awards/grants are from the Manitoba Arts Council with the Arts Leader Grant in 2021, Indigenous 360-Learn Grant in 2019, the Arts Smarts II grant in 2018, and the Student Bursary Award in 2016

Artwork: You know He is a Buffalo,

What our members have to say

We welcomed Katrina Craig’s Process of Closure exhibit. Over 1500 visitors came to the gallery to experience the exhibition. Visitors responded that the Process of Closure artwork was “beautiful and “thought-provoking”. Gallery staff appreciated how the artwork was delivered to our gallery, along with a detailed binder with specific curatorial details to assist us in installing the exhibit professionally and efficiently.”

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

What Artists have to say

QUESTIONS?


Please contact our Visual Arts Coordinator:
Nicole at visualarts@mbartsnet.ca or call 204-943-0036.

Assessment Criteria Guide