Upcoming exhibition calls for student and employee artists
By Caroline Ho, Arts Editor
Have you ever dreamed of seeing your artwork hanging on the wall in a gallery? Now’s your chance: The Amelia Douglas Gallery will be holding an employee and student exhibition early next year, and they’re seeking your submissions.
Titled past present future, the upcoming show will be running from January 12 to February 24, 2018, and will feature the work of current students and current and retired employees of Douglas College. All students, from any areas of study, in any artistic medium, and at any skill level are welcome and encouraged to submit by the November 17 deadline.
The Amelia Douglas Gallery holds a student and employee show every two to three years. However, the upcoming show will be the first time it’s open to retired employees as well. According to Douglas College Arts Events Coordinator Krista Eide, who spoke to the Other Press over the phone, the title past present future comes from this idea—celebrating the artistry of retired employees (past), current employees (present), and students (future).
“From students’ life, all the way through work and then retirement, [this exhibition is about] what we’re teaching each other and we’re learning from each other at every stage,” said Eide.
The last edition of this in-house show, Avocations¸ was held in late 2015. The exhibition explored the question of “Who are we when we’re not at work?” as stated by the show’s program, embracing the creative side that some people might not get to show in their day jobs or classes. Avocation featured paintings, photography, ceramics, book-bindings, painted rocks, and other forms of artwork by 20 Douglas staff and students.
For the upcoming past present future, Eide and the gallery’s Art Exhibit Committee hope to see a lot of students submit their work, no matter how professional or not they consider themselves. Participating in the show is a rewarding experience, and not just for the thrill of seeing your work hanging on the wall of a gallery, Eide told the Other Press. The exhibition will also have an opening reception where artists have the chance to meet and interact with other creative individuals in the Douglas community, people who they might not have otherwise interacted with or realized shared a passion for art.
The exhibition will also provide an opportunity for artists to advertise their works for sale, if they wish to do so.
Anyone who is interested in submitting art for past present future simply needs to send in a short statement about their role at Douglas and their art, and a maximum of three images of artwork. If accepted, the Art Exhibit Committee will choose one to three works to exhibit, depending on the size of pieces and the space, although for small pieces such as jewellery, artists may have the opportunity to include more.
Full details on how to submit can be found at https://www.douglascollege.ca/about-douglas/groups-and-organizations/art-gallery/submission-guidelines, and the Committee will do its best to include as much artwork as possible. “We want to encourage everyone to apply and don’t think that their work isn’t good enough, because it’s about celebrating creativity of our employees, students, and retired employees,” said Eide.
Deadline: November 17