Call for Artists: 2020 Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser


2020 Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser

Application & Information

Key Dates

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020
Artwork Delivery & Setup: Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Sale Dates: Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020


The McMichael Volunteer Committee’s Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser is open to all living Canadian and Aboriginal Fine Artists and Sculptors.


  1. For the purpose of this fundraiser, we accept all genres of original fine art, excluding photography.
    This show accepts original artwork only. Works which have already been reproduced to create products for sale should not be submitted. Original works that have been reproduced will not be accepted.
  2. Artwork must be in impeccable condition and priced accordingly. Works must be appropriately prepared for immediate hanging. Oil and acrylic paintings on gallery style canvas with the painting wrapping the sides do not require framing. The Art Sale Co-Chairs will disqualify works which are misrepresented by the photos used in the selection process, or works which are not original, inappropriately framed or in poor condition.
  3. Minimum price for works is $100.
  4. Artists will be allotted a metal panel six feet (horizontal) by seven feet (vertical).
  5. Sculptors will receive approximately six foot by six foot display area in which to display three-dimensional work that is mounted on a stable base. Tables are available, but you must supply your own pedestals if desired.
  6. Artists or their representatives are required to be in attendance for the duration of the show.

Application Requirements

  1. Application Form: – The Application form is available online at Printed applications are available as backup, however it is requested that the online version is attempted first (this reduces the data entry required and reduces the chance of errors).
  2. Digital Images: – Five (5) digital images of paintings/sculptures indicative of the works you would bring to the sale. The images may be uploaded as part of the online application process, or copied to a USB and mailed to the address listed below. Please see “How to Submit your work for Jurying” below for details.
  3. Application Fee: $35 (non-refundable). The application fee may be paid by cheque (payable to “The McMichael Volunteer Committee”) and mailed to the McMichael Volunteer Committee at the address listed below, or it can be paid online ($36.35) via PayPal (link is provided online) or e-transfer ($35.50) to the email Please DO NOT SEND CASH in the mail. Application fees must be received by the Application Deadline of May 31, 2020.

How to submit your work for jurying

The five (5) digital images you submit will be viewed by a jury using a computer. Your images must be large enough to be viewed clearly with good resolution. Photographs or printed images are not acceptable for our jurying process.

Each of the five (5) images must be:

  1. A 72 dpi jpg (this is the normal or standard resolution for digital cameras).
  2. Colour mode must be RGB or SRGB (not CMYK) – this should be the normal or default.
  3. Images should measure between 1024 and 2600 pixels on their longest side (i.e., taken with a digital camera between 2 megapixels and 5 megapixels on their best setting). Images smaller than this will not have sufficient clarity, and images much larger will unnecessarily clog up our storage space. Images should not exceed 1.5 megabytes in size. ONLY images 1.5 MB or less can be uploaded via the online application.
  4. If you don’t upload your images as part of the online application, they should be sent on a USB. USBs will not be returned to you. The USB must be clearly marked with your name, and sent in a cover which will withstand mailing.
  5. Please name your files with your surname, first initial, and the numbers 1 to 5 (i.e., if your name is Tom Thomson, your filenames would be ThomsonT1.jpg, ThomsonT2.jpg, ThomsonT3.jpg, ThomsonT4.jpg and ThomsonT5.jpg.
  6. DO NOT compress the files using ZIP, Stuffit or any other compression software. We may not be able to open it.

Selection Process

  1. All submitted works are juried by a selection committee (jury) comprised of such qualified people such as curators, art collectors, artists, art instructors and others with a strong background in art.
  2. The previous year’s top ten artists will automatically be invited back. A total of 39 places are available for the top selected artists, (35 artists and 4 sculptors)….for a total of 49 participants.
  3. Artists who have shown in previous years are welcome to re-apply. It is suggested that your new and current works be shown, as opposed to those from previous years.
  4. Decisions will be based on digital images submitted to a blind jury. The jury’s decision is final.
  5. Applicants will be notified by email mid-July 2020 or early August 2020.
  6. The McMichael Volunteer Committee reserves the right to use submitted photographed work for publicity (promotional postcards and web site) and reference purposes.

Placement/Booth Fee

Upon notification of acceptance into the 2020 Autumn Art Sale, a Placement/Booth Fee of $250 is due. Accepted artists and returning artists must submit payment upon notification either by cheque or online via e-transfer ($250.50) or PayPal ($257.55). The link for online booth fee payment will be provided online once the artists have been chosen.

Contact Information / Delivery Address

McMichael Volunteer Committee
Attention: Art Sale Co-Chairs
c/o McMichael Canadian Art Collection,
10365 Islington Avenue,
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J 1C0




The Application Deadline is midnight on Friday, May 31, 2020.