JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 18, 2017

Opening Reception and Awards: January 12, 2017, 6 - 9 pm


Join us for the opening reception and awards presentation for the VAM 39th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, featuring works by 38 emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario. The 2017 jurors are Sally McKay, Todd Tremeer and Michael Vickers.


With works by: Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Thelma Amos, Jane Austin, Janet Baker, Ghazaleh Baniahmad, Norman Barney, Laura Beaton, Nancy Calder, Susan Clark, Anne Crisell, Joe DiLecce, Michelle Eissler, Luther Ferril, Inga Gircyte, James Glen, Diana Hillman, Beth James, Shazia Javed, HyunRyoung Kim, Rob Kinghorn, Scott McKay, Daegan McNeaney, Rasheeda Motiwala, Chizu Nakajima, Moira Ness, Maureen O’Connor, Angela Plesa, Lynne Schumacher, Quan Steele, Inge Kjeldgaard Tajik, Tamara Thompson, Ghazi Toutounji, Vickie Vainionpaa, Matthew Varey, Jennifer Wilson, Steve Wilson, Sue Yuzwak, Ning Zhao.

Since 1978, Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood, Mississauga’s premier centre for visual arts creation, has given regional emerging and established artists the opportunity to submit their finest work to an annual show. After careful consideration by a panel of recognized arts professionals, the final chosen work is displayed for the public to admire and celebrate. For the past 30 years, the AGM has been VAM’s key collaborator in this venture, furthering a strong and vibrant partnership.


The exhibition has evolved over time in significant ways: submissions are received digitally and the variety of accepted mediums has grown to include photography, video and new media. What remains the same is the selection criteria; jurors are charged to select works deemed to be the most interesting, unique and compelling in content, while also exemplifying a high degree of technical skill and competency. Each artwork is judged on the merit of the submission.

The AGM and VAM are most grateful to the 2017 jury: Sally McKay, Todd Tremeer and Michael Vickers, who reviewed 201 images and were challenged to select the final 38 entries. The variety of selected works showcase a wide range of creative expression.



"This is clearly a vibrant art community, and it was a pleasure to spend time with all the submissions. Diverse exhibitions like this one are important, because they create conversations between artworks together that might not otherwise be shown together. I’m very much looking forward to the exhibition, and I’m curious to see what kinds of connections Kendra Ainsworth makes between these wonderful artworks in her installation." -- Sally McKay, 2017 Juror


"Creating is, for the most part, a solitary process of experimentation and learning. Juried shows are an important outlet for showcasing the results of this labour. As a painter and art teacher, I enjoyed the opportunity of discussing the digital submissions with other jurors. I look forward to seeing the actual work in the gallery." -- Todd Tremeer, 2017 Juror










Jurors' Tour and Talk: Sunday, January 29, 1 pm

Enjoy an informative and lively discussion of the VAM39 selected works on a Sunday afternoon! 

Art Crit at the AGM: Sunday February 12, 12 – 4 pm

Are you an artist looking for constructive feedback on your work? Art Crit at the AGM is a forum for artists at any stage of their career, working in any medium, to put forth a body of work, completed or in development, for critique, discussion and feedback by artist peers and members of the arts community. There is no fee to participate. For more information and to sign up, please see submission details!


Image: 2016 First Place Winner Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Poised and Unbalanced No.5, acrylic on Lexan, 2014. Courtesy of Visual Arts Mississauga.



Peoples' Choice! Vote for your favourite work in the VAM39 exhibition!

Please note: one vote per person. There are two ways to vote:


1) In-person at the AGM beginning at the opening reception on January 12 and continuing for the duration of the exhibition until February 18.

2) On-line via Facebook. Like your favourite artwork in this Facebook album, featuring images of all 38 works in the exhibition!