VAM 37 | About the Annual Juried Show

Since the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) opened its doors in 1987, we have also hosted the Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood’s (VAM) Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. The annual call for entry is among the region’s most exciting events, and the exhibition has earned a reputation for featuring some of the best visual artists of the region.

Ever wondered about the history of the show, and the process of selecting the works for exhibition? Kathryn Ellis, Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood Adult Education Coordinator, as well as the Coordinator of VAM 37, provides a brief introduction and overview to the exhibition below.

VAM 37 at the AGM
By Kathryn Ellis, Coordinator, VAM 37

AGM Assistant Curator Kendra Ainsworth, VAM 37 jurors Tazeen Qayyum, Monica Tap and William Huffman, and VAM 37 coordinator Kathryn Ellis
AGM Assistant Curator Kendra Ainsworth, VAM 37 jurors Tazeen Qayyum, Monica Tap and William Huffman, and VAM 37 coordinator Kathryn Ellis

Since 1978, Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood (VAM), Mississauga’s premier centre for visual arts creation, has given regional emerging and established artists the opportunity to submit their finest work to our annual show. After careful consideration by a panel of recognized arts professionals, the final chosen work is displayed for the public to admire and celebrate. For the past 28 years, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) has been VAM’s key collaborator in this venture. Ours is a strong and vibrant partnership.

Since its early days as an exhibition of solely fine art, VAM has expanded the show to include photography, film, video and new media. Like most galleries, we also moved away from artists submitting their original pieces, to the now common practice of artists submitting high-resolution digital images of the original artwork for consideration by the jury. What remains unchanged is that jurors are still charged with the responsibility of selecting works deemed to be the most interesting, unique and engaging in content, while exemplifying a high degree of technical skill and competency so each work of art is judged on the merit of the submission.

VAM volunteers and artist Antonio Caballero examine his work at the AGM prior to installation
VAM volunteers and artist Antonio Caballero examine his work at the AGM prior to installation

VAM is most grateful to this year’s judges, William Huffman, Monica Tap and Tazeen Qayyum, who reviewed 232 images and were challenged to select the final 41 entries. It was clear that each submission represented hours of work, studio and production time. The variety of work they have chosen showcase a wide range of creative expression. VAM has in the past chosen a larger number of works for the final exhibition, but in consultation with the AGM decided that fewer pieces allowed them to be showcased to a greater degree, creating a more intimate experience between the work and the viewer.

Congratulations to the 41 artists chosen to represent VAM37:

Thelma Amos | Jane Austin | Paul Bailey | Jennifer Brandon | Jason Brown | Peggy Ann Budd | Antonio Caballero | Susan Clark | Jill Conroy | Tonya Corkey | Nicholas Crombach | Audrey D’Astous | Maria Drazilov | Andrea End | Jim Hake | Florin Hategan | Diana Hillman | Jacqueline James | Glen Jones | Katarina Kaneff | Hyun Ryoung Kim | Wai Fun Fanny Ku | Joyce Lau | Kenji Makino | Tina Newlove | Nancy Newton | Maureen O’Connor | Carrie Perreault | Edmund Prior | Fernando Resende | Donna Saull | Rena Sava | Keith Shearsby | Kyle Tonkens | Jacqueline Treloar | Kimberly Tucker | Steven Volpe | Kelsey Whalen |
Gwyn Vaughan Williams | Leah Williams | Diane Young

VAM extends its sincere appreciation and thanks to the AGM for their ongoing support of this major event. We also want to thank Curry’s and DeSerres for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Award prizes.

Kathryn D. Ellis
Coordinator, VAM 37

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Visual Arts Mississauga 37th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts opens at the Art Gallery of Mississauga tonight, January 15, 6 pm. All are invited!

The exhibition is on view until February 14. During the exhibition run, visitors may vote for the People’s Choice Award in the gallery or on social media via the AGM Facebook page or tweet the AGM at @AGMengage your vote with the hashtag #VAM37.