CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ‘THE ARTIST’S LENS 2023: MANIFESTING THE HIDDEN’
The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists in Alberta (must be 18 years or older) to submit to the
exhibition, “The Artist’s Lens 2023: Manifesting the Hidden”, displayed in the ASA Lower Gallery and
coinciding with the Exposure Photography Festival. “The Artist’s Lens” is our annual open photography show for 2023 and the theme is ‘Manifesting the Hidden’.
Artists are asked to explore ideas of the hidden and intangible. This idea is open to interpretation and can be expressed in different photographic-related mediums. Work could encompass the atmospheric, ‘other worldly’, mysticism, romanticism, mystery, nostalgia, horror, the macabre, apocalyptic, alien, and pinhole photography aesthetic. Works can focus on but not limited to the idea of the bedroom, the ocean, space, dreams, the subconscious and the surreal.
All submissions must have a photographic element or connection to photography as this exhibition will be participating in the Exposure Photography Festival. Mixed media collage, digital prints, photo manipulation, etc. are allowed. Framed artwork must not be larger than 36” in any direction nor smaller than 12” in any direction.
For further questions on accepted media, please contact [email protected]
EXHIBITION VENUE FOR THE ARTIST’S LENS
Alberta Society of Artists Gallery – 222 1235-26 Ave SE, Calgary
Deadline for Submissions: Monday, November 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Notification of Results: December 10, 2022
Artwork Delivery and Set-up:
January 3, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
January 4, 2023 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
January 5, 2023 – February 25, 2023
Strike and Pick Up Dates:
March 1, 2023 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
March 2, 2022 from 10:am – 4:00 pm
There is no submission fee. There may be a small honorarium.
a. Open to all artists residing in Alberta over the age of eighteen (18)
a. Up to two (2) works of art may be submitted per artist.
b. Artwork must have a value no more than $6,000 CAD.
c. Artwork weighing more than 15 lbs the selected artist must be present for installation.
d. Two-Dimensional artwork must not exceed 36″ in any direction, including frame, or be less than
12” in any dimension.
a. Artists may not have displayed the submitted artwork in any other ASA Exhibit, or have been
accepted to exhibit the work(s) at a future ASA exhibit.
b. Artwork may not have been created as part of a class or a workshop.
c. This exhibition will accept both works for exhibition only and works for sale. Any sale arising from
this exhibit will have a commission not to exceed 30% of the value of the work.
d. Notification of results will be by email.
e. Incomplete submissions will not move to the jurying phase. Jury results are final; artists will not
receive feedback or comments from the jury.
General Submission Requirements:
a. Submissions will be accepted via online form found on www.albertasocietyofartists.com ONLY
• ASA aims to support all individuals who face barriers in applying for all ASA
opportunities. If you require assistance with your application please contact Kathleen at
[email protected], 403-265-0012 (call/text) or come by in
b. Each submission must include a 100-word artwork statement for each artwork submitted.
c. Submission Fee (if applicable).
d. Image files in format(s) as detailed below in Image File Specifications.
a. Please ensure that all image files are correctly oriented.
b. Image files must be clear of frames, walls, borders or any other backgrounds. Images should be of
the artwork only; no date stamps, no watermarks, no copyright symbols, or any other elements
should be present that will obstruct the visual field. Whenever possible submit work unsigned to
facilitate the blind jurying process.
c. All submission elements must be received at the same time. You may not email and mail parts of
the submission at separate times. Artist and artwork information copied and pasted into the body
of email will not be accepted.
d. Image files should be appropriately labeled: AL23_LastName_FirstName_Title.jpeg.
e. Diptychs and triptychs must be submitted in one file showing how the pieces work together
and individually as image files labeled: AL23_LastName_FirstName_Title_A.jpeg, B.jpeg,
Image File Specifications:
a. Images submitted must follow these technical specifications:
• File type: JPEG, JPG or PNG
• Quality: Medium to High
• 1080 pixels on the shortest side
• File size: No greater than 2.0 Megabytes
b. If your art is juried into the exhibit, the image may be used for print catalogue, a print poster, and
a website image. When provided with an image that meets the above specifications, the ASA can
create the sizes appropriate for its use.
a. Will be expected to volunteer in different capacities related to the exhibition. Installation and
take down dates and times to be determined.
b. Artists are responsible for dropping off or shipping their artworks to the initial venue unless
c. No early withdrawals of artwork are permitted during the exhibition. It is expected that the
work juried and submitted by the artist to the exhibit will be displayed for the entire duration
of the exhibition.
d. No substitutions will be accepted once a work of art has been juried in. This includes changes
in the image, title, dimensions, etc.
e. ASA reserves the right not to display artwork that differs significantly from the accepted
submitted images or does not present professionally
f. Artists agree that their accepted artworks may be used for publication, promotion and advertising by ASA and Exposure Photography Festival.
a. Works must be signed, gallery ready, appropriately framed with D-rings & wire installed for
hanging. Please hang wires about ¼ of the way from the top – lower wiring will create an
unattractive hanging angle.
b. Each work must be clearly and securely labeled on the back with the name of the artist, the
title of the work, and the media employed.
c. Any unique artworks that require special care or have installation instructions must be
clearly explained and labeled.
d. No sawtooth or wall buddies permitted
e. If framed under glass: Any work exceeding 18”x24” that would be normally framed in glass must
be framed in plexiglass instead. Long pieces exceeding 24” should have plexiglass even if the
height is less than 18”.
f. Please Note: ASA is not responsible for any potential damages to framed plexiglass that occur
during transportation or throughout the duration of this exhibition.
Liability and Insurance:
a. The sale price of the artwork should be equivalent to its insurance value.
b. While ASA and its volunteers take every effort to ensure careful transportation, handling and
hanging, the ASA is not responsible for damages to artwork that occurs while the artwork is
entered into exhibition. ASA insurance, courier or venue insurance may cover the cost of theft,
vandalism, fire, or loss of artwork while entered into the exhibition, transported or stored by
c. Artists are encouraged to provide personal insurance for artworks entered.
a. Artists are responsible for appropriate packaging their artworks for shipment
b. All works should be delivered by artist or courier to the first venue ready for installation. ASA is
not responsible for the cost of shipment to the initial venue or the return of artworks after the
c. It is not ASA’s responsibility to organize the return of accepted artwork beyond repackaging
and arranging delivery to mail, or courier, for pickup. Accepted artists will need to enclose
prepaid shipping and instructions for return of the artwork if using mail or courier services.
d. Should any Artist fail to pick up their artwork(s) within six (6) months from the final day of
the Exhibition, the artwork(s) will be considered a non-tax deductible donation to the ASA.
These works may then be sold, displayed, stored, leased, or otherwise used at the
discretion of the ASA and to the sole benefit of the ASA; unless other arrangements
between the Artist and the ASA have been made prior to the end of the six (6) month
The Alberta Society of Artists is a member of CARFAC Alberta. We hope to comply with CARFAC standards if full funding permits.