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All Things with Imagination

December 23, 2019 - March 2, 2020

All Things with Imagination

A McMichael Juried Competition


The All Things With Imagination competition was such fun to jury, as the submissions were so wonderfully different from each other in terms of both approach and execution. The one thing our competition artists did share was a clear interest in pushing the boundaries of their chosen medium and subject matter in truly exciting and creative ways. A huge thank-you to the artists who submitted their work and sparked such lively discussion among the jury, and congratulations to our winners!

Brittney Sproule & Monique Lopes, All Things with Imagination Jurors

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place


1st Place

All Things with Imagination

A McMichael Juried Competition


Application Deadline: March 2, 2020 by 5 pm

Competition Description
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven’s first exhibition, the McMichael invites all friends of the gallery to participate in a juried art competition.

The competition is inspired by the following Arthur Lismer quote:

“Art is not in possession of those who can draw, write poems, make music or design buildings. It belongs to all those who can see their way through all things with imagination.

We invite you to respond to Lismer’s call by examining our surroundings and considering all things with imagination. Ask yourself this: do we still view our country as a pristine landscape? How does your answer impact our sense of Canadian identity?

All artists are invited to present up to two works in the following formats:

  • Stretched canvas or panel (16 x 20 inches)
  • Paper (11 x 14 inches)

The competition will cover two categories:

  • Adult (ages 18+)
  • Youth (ages 13 – 17)

Up to three artists from each category will be named winners through a jury comprised of the gallery’s curators, educators and associated community artists.

A special First Choice Award will be awarded by the jury, and a People’s Choice Award will be bestowed by visitors to the gallery.

All shortlisted works will be displayed in the McMichael’s Creative Learning Gallery from March 28 to July 6, 2020. The winners will be announced on Sunday March 29, 2020 at 2 pm.

This competition is only open to those who are part of the McMichael Community. Applicants must be able to identify themselves as one of the following:

  • McMichael Member (current)
  • McMichael staff member (current/former)
  • McMichael Volunteer (MVC or MYT, current/former)
  • McMichael Adult Student (aged 18+, current/former)
  • McMichael Juried Art Competition former participant (aged 18+)
  • McMichael ArtVenture Camps/Classes Youth Participant (aged 13-17, current/former)

Submission Requirements

  • JPEG file

  • 72 dpi

  • 1024 x 768 pixels

  • File naming convention (i.e. All-Things-with-Imagintation_01_YourName_ArtworkTitle.jpg)

  • Submit by 5 pm on Monday March 2nd, 2020

Application Process

There are two ways to submit your work:

Fill out the Google Form.
Please note that this method requires a Google account.

Send an email to competitions@mcmichael.com with “All Things with Imagination Competition Submission” as the subject line with the following items attached:

  • JPG of artwork submission

All artworks submitted remain the property of the artists. The McMichael reserves the right to use image(s) of the artwork for administrative and promotional purposes.

The jury is comprised of artists, educators, curators, and representatives of the McMichael. The jury will review applications and select submissions that align with the theme of the competition and meet the technical criteria.

Winning participants will be notified by March 9, 2020 via email. All those selected must deliver the hard copy of their artwork submission to the gallery between March 10-17. Winners will be required to sign a release form for the use of images in materials promoting the activities of the gallery.


December 23, 2019
March 2, 2020


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Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
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