Contact Art in the County at the Prince Edward County Art Council 613-476-8767 artinthecounty@countyarts.ca

How to Enter

2020 Entry Rules


The 27th Annual Art in the County (AITC) show is open to artists who meet both the following conditions:

  • Are residents or ratepayers of Prince Edward County
  • Are members of the Prince Edward County Arts Council (Prince Edward County Arts Council). Please refer to http://countyarts.ca/membership/ for details of the membership categories and payment options available. Membership year runs from  June 1 to May 31.

Artworks must have been created since Art in the County 2019 and be original, unaided work except where work is a collaboration. All works must be for sale and remain on view for the duration of the show.

Artwork will be photographed by an AITC official photographer and may be photographed by visitors. Photos may be published as part of AITC promotional material, including on the AITC website. Entry in the show constitutes acceptance of this.

A maximum of two (2) pieces in any medium may be entered.

  • Two-dimensional works must be gallery ready and no larger than 60” x 60” (frame included) and be ready for hanging with wire and eye hooks only.
  • Sculptures are to be of reasonable size. Artists submitting sculpture are responsible for moving it in and out of the gallery space.
  • If you are submitting an art installation that requires use of a digital device, please provide detailed, printed instructions so that the jurors and visitors to the show can understand how you intend your work to be experienced. If you are providing a smartphone or other device to operate your installation, please label it so that its purpose is evident to visitors.

When you deliver your artwork, you must confirm that your information (name, title, medium, selling price) is correct on our records by signing our confirmation sheet. If someone other than yourself delivers your work, this person must be authorized to confirm your information.

The price established for the artwork at submission time remains for the duration of the show. When a work is sold, a 30% commission is deducted from the selling price. The balance will be forwarded to the artist as soon as possible following the show.

All reasonable care will be taken with works submitted. Insurance of the artwork while on show premises is the sole responsibility of the artist. In addition, Prince Edward County Arts Council assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to unclaimed works and is not responsible for any works not picked up. If you are unable to pick up your art in person on closing day, please make the necessary arrangements to authorize someone to pick up and sign out your art work. 

Jury Process


The jury will review all submissions and make the final decision on the artworks to be included in the show. The jury will select artworks and determine awards following an in situ viewing of the works delivered to The Armoury in Picton. Inclusion in the exhibition is at the sole discretion of the jurors and their decision is final. Curation and hanging of artworks is graciously provided by Maison Depoivre.

Works that do not meet the conditions for entry as outlined in the Entry Rules will not be adjudicated.

In selecting works, jurors will consider the display space, taking into account both two- and three-dimensional works. The jurors will ensure the body of works selected represents the depth and diversity of the Prince Edward County artistic community.

The jurors will remain on-site until 4:00 pm on Monday, June 15, 2020 to offer feedback to artists whose works were not retained for the show.

Awards


Jurors’ Choice and Honourable Mention Awards

The jury will select, without ranking, five Jurors’ Choice Awards and five Honourable Mention awards.

In selecting works, the jurors will consider the following criteria:

  • Creativity and uniqueness
  • Consistency of thought and style
  • Technical competence in using chosen media
  • Successful handling of elements such as colour, value and composition
  • Emotional reaction/interest from viewer

The jurors will collectively prepare a comment on each of the works selected for Jurors’ and Honourable Mention Awards and prepare, individually or collectively, a summary statement of their impressions of the exhibition.

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award is based on votes received from visitors and will be awarded on the last day of the show.

Children’s Choice Award (new in 2020)

The Children’s Choice Award is based on votes received from visitors aged 12 and under and will be awarded on the last day of the show.

Maison Depoivre Award

The Maison Depoivre Award will be presented by Maison Depoivre to an artist whose work demonstrates risk-taking and originality, technical skill and is thought provoking. The recipient of the award will be invited to display her/his work at Maison Depoivre for the rest of the 2020 season once Art in the County closes its doors at the beginning of July. The curators of Maison Depoivre will select 3 finalists from the artists presenting work at Art in the County. The three AITC jurors will determine the award recipient from the three finalists.

Tips to Make the Show Run Smoothly


Please review the Entry Rules to be sure you meet all the conditions.

Please keep a record of the information on your registration form. If you registered electronically (preferred), you will receive an email confirming your registration and listing your responses to each field in the form – please print this and refer to it when it comes time to prepare your artwork for submission. If you registered using the paper registration form, please make a copy to refer to later.

Please review your registration form for accuracy before submitting it. In particular, be sure that the information about the artwork (name, medium, selling price) is accurate. It will appear in our program, on the wall beside the artwork, and perhaps in a press release or on our website; so it is time-consuming to correct.

Please use upper and lower case when completing the forms – NOT all capitals.

If you would like to have an artist profile available at the show for visitors to consult, please bring a paper copy (8 ½” X 11”) when you drop off your artwork. If desired, you may bring a supply of rack cards and/or business cards for the Artist Table. 

We strongly encourage artists to volunteer during the show. The time commitment is only a few hours and visitors have reported how much the presence and comments of an artist have contributed to their enjoyment of the show. We really need your help!

Registration and Payment of Entry Fee


We encourage everyone to register and pay online as it reduces the possibility of errors and streamlines the workload of our volunteers as they set up the show. (If online registration is not possible, Step 1 includes a PDF version of the registration form that you can print and complete.)

Please print the artwork tag, complete it and adhere it to the back of each work submitted. No more than two works may be submitted. Refer to the Entry Rules to be sure you meet all the conditions.

Make your registration payment using PayPal or your major credit card. Limited subsidies are available for first-time applicants. For more information, contact Janna Smith at janna@countyarts.ca.

Step 1 - Complete the Registration Form.

Option 1 – Online (preferred)

Registration closes at noon on Friday, June 5, 2020. Please use upper and lower case when completing your form – NOT all upper case.

Option 2 – Mail-in

Registration closes at 4:30 on Thursday June 4, 2020. Print and complete this registration form. Then mail or deliver it together with your payment to the following address.

Art in the County
Prince Edward County Arts Council
206 Main Street, Unit 2J
Picton, ON K0K 2T0

Step 2 - Print the artwork tag
Please print the artwork tag, complete it and adhere it to the back of each work submitted. No more than two works may be submitted.

Art Tags PDF

Step 3 - Pay your entry fee
Online registration closes at noon on Friday June 5, 2020
Registration using a paper form closes at 4:30 on Thursday June 4, 2020.

One submission, entry fee is $30.00
Two submissions, entry fee is $45.00

Note: Your entry fee is non-refundable. Limited subsidies are available for first-time applicants. For more information, contact Janna Smith at janna@countyarts.ca.

To Register online, please select the number of submissions you are entering and then click Pay Now.


Number of Submissions



Important Dates for Artists


Tuesday, April 23, 2020
Artist registration OPENS

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by 4:30 pm
Artist registration CLOSES for those submitting paper forms. Deliver to the AITC office in the Armoury, 206 Main St., Unit 2J.

Friday, June 5, 2020 by 12:00 noon
Artist registration CLOSES for those registering online.

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 10 am – 2 pm
Delivery of artwork to The Mess Hall in the Armoury, 206 Main St, Picton.

Monday, June 15, 2020
Jury reviews artworks submitted the previous day, selecting those to be included in the show and those to receive awards

Monday, June 15, 2020, 2 pm – 5 pm and
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 10 am – noon

Pick-up of artworks not selected. On Monday only, those who would like to may be able to receive a critique from a juror about their artwork. Artists will be notified as early as possible of work not selected.

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Opening Night Reception – awards will be presented. Invitation only.

Sunday, July 5, 2020 between 2 pm and 6 pm
Pickup of unsold exhibited works at the end of the show. Art in the County is not responsible for any works not picked up. If you are unable to pick up your art in person, please make the necessary arrangements to authorize someone to pick up and sign out your art work.

Entry Checklist


  • I’m a member of Prince Edward County Arts Council for 2020-21.
  • I’ve completed and submitted the Entry Form (online or paper).
  • I’ve printed a copy of the confirmation email (online registrations) or paper registration form for my records.
  • I’ve paid my registration fee (online or by cheque enclosed with my paper form).
  • I’ve printed and attached my artwork tag(s).
  • I may bring a supply of rack cards or business cards for the artist table or an artist profile (8 ½” by 11”) for the artist binder (offered to visitors requesting further information about an artist).

Enquiries


artinthecounty@countyarts.ca

613-476-8767