Preserving the Past—Embracing the Future
The Western Art Gallery features new and emerging artists who create original work that reflect the life and times of western Canadians of the past and present. We provide a unique opportunity for visitors to the Calgary Stampede to own original art that contributes to the preservation and promotion of western heritage and values.
The Western Art Gallery is organized by a volunteer subcommittee of the Western Showcase located in the BMO Centre (formerly the Roundup Centre). For more information on all that the Western Showcase has to offer, including other areas of their Art Show, please see the Western Showcase home page.
Guided by our motto, "Preserving the Past-Embracing the Future," the Gallery presents an art show featuring both traditional and contemporary works that reflect the fusion of rural and urban influences and a rich culture that is truly one of a kind (excluding west coast imagery). We accept both two-and three-dimensional works, including Western Trappings, to the Western Art Gallery. Each year artists are selected by a jury process to show their work in the Gallery. These works are sold on behalf of the artists during the 10 days by our dedicated volunteers.
Feature Exhibits of the Western Art Gallery
New West: A Student Show is a NEW feature for the Western Art Gallery and will showcase new and emerging student artists whose take on traditional and contemporary western themes and styles will add an extra dimension to the art show. This exciting opportunity is for students enrolled in full time, accredited post secondary visual arts/fine arts programs. Submissions will be juried by local art professionals; a prize for Best in Show will be awarded.
Artist InSite is an education and demonstration feature within the Western Art Gallery where artists can talk to and demonstrate their art form. Artists who are selected into the Western Art Gallery have the opportunity to participate in this interactive feature and can bring in their art supplies to demonstrate, but are not permitted to bring in new pieces for sale as only the juried art can be sold. However, this is a great opportunity to talk to visitors, demonstrate art techniques and perhaps sell one of their pieces for sale in the Gallery.
Applying to the Western Art Gallery
For artists interested in applying to the 2014 Western Art Gallery show, applications are closed. If you wish to apply to the 2015 show, please check back for application deadline dates in November 2014.
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